2nd November: Emeryville, CA and London, UK. Innovative Interfaces and MPS Technologies today announced that the Washington State University Libraries have achieved real-time acquisition of user statistics from within the Innovative Electronic Resource Management product. Using the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) model, staff have accessed data provided by ScholarlyStats, eliminating the need to retrieve them on a resource-by-resource basis.
Cooperation between MPS Technologies, the company that provides ScholarlyStats, and Innovative means that the data transfer happens as scheduled and without staff intervention. Access to ScholarlyStats data quickly provides usage information on thousands of e-resource titles to which the Libraries subscribe. Currently, ScholarlyStats collects from 39 e-resource platforms covering over 450 databases, over 70,000 journals, and over 13,500 publishers. Armed with the data, ERM allows libraries to easily see how these resources are used at a granular level, including cost-per-use of specific titles within an e-resource package.
"Because we have a few hundred e-resource vendors, it's crucial for us to obtain user statistics without the enormous effort of accessing them from each vendor and then trying to calculate cost-per-use," says Janet Chisman, Head, Serials and Electronic Resources. "Downloading statistics is now as easy as going to the resource record in the Innovative ERM, selecting the usage statistics tab, and clicking "Export". In our first attempt, we downloaded statistics for over 1300 titles at once and we can now get statistics from ScholarlyStats every month. The Innovative ERM automatically calculates cost-per-use in the spreadsheet reports it generates which helps us when we need to evaluate contracts with e-resource vendors. The SUSHI-formatted data from ScholarlyStats and the compliance of the Innovative ERM with the standard is also crucial because there's no programming necessary to translate the information at any point."
Says Martha Sedgwick, ScholarlyStats Product Manager: "We are thrilled to be working with such an established ERM provider as Innovative Interfaces and to be actively employing the recently published SUSHI initiative to enhance access and analysis of usage statistics within libraries."
"We are pleased to be the first ERM solutions provider to make a live SUSHI client available to libraries. Libraries using the Innovative ERM can harvest usage statistics without wasting library staff time," says Innovative's Senior Product Manager Ted Fons. "The cooperation with ScholarlyStats and integration with acquisitions data will allow Innovative libraries to quickly and easily see where they are getting the most value for their electronic resource expenditures."
About Washington State University Libraries
The Washington State University Libraries have holdings of approximately 67,000 e-resource titles. There are six libraries on the Pullman campus, including agriculture, architecture, education, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, and science and engineering. In addition Washington State has regional campus libraries in the Richland-Pasco-Kennewick area, Spokane and Vancouver and supports access to electronic resources in extension offices throughout the state.
About ScholarlyStats and MPS Technologies
ScholarlyStats provides libraries across the globe with consolidated vendor usage statistics. ScholarlyStats collects, standardizes and consolidates journal and database usage reports, providing libraries with a single point of access to their valuable usage data. www.scholarlystats.com
MPS Technologies provides a range of technology-driven services specifically designed to support libraries and publishers. These services include web analytics, fulfillment services and content delivery. MPS Technologies is part of the Macmillan group of companies and has offices in London, Boston, New York, Basingstoke, Hamburg and Delhi. www.mpstechnologies.com
About Innovative Interfaces
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries, and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products including the Millennium integrated library technology platform, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.