Description: This book covers why and how e-metrics should be collected by libraries using practical and real world examples, and does it in a user friendly manner. It traces the history of collecting and managing library usage statistics from the print era through the current electronic era and discusses their application in collection management and administration.
Purpose: The book attempts to bridge the gap between the usage statistics collection and analysis practices of the past and the strategies needed in the new virtual library environment. The authors focus on addressing e-metrics as a cost and collection analysis tool for libraries in the digital and virtual age. In an era of expensive virtual collections and tight library budgets, this book does a good job of discussing the need for e-metrics and how to collect and analyze them, and apply them to collection management and administrative decision making.
Audience: The chief audience includes the decision makers and systems staff at any size library that uses or wants to use e-metrics to manage and maintain their collections. Some understanding of the gathering of Web and electronic resources statistics is helpful, but not necessary.
Features: The book is divided into three sections: e-metric basics and their use in libraries, why libraries need e-metrics, and how to build e-metrics gathering systems. The book explains library e-metric standards and compares business e-metrics models to library models. It covers vendor supplied e-metrics and how libraries can develop their own e-metric collection systems. It discusses combining vendor supplied e-metrics with locally developed systems and how to apply them to collection management and financial decisions. Included are a number of charts, forms, and graphs that can aid in assessing any library's collection. A bibliography and appendixes with programming scripts are included to aid in developing local e-metrics systems.
Assessment: This is a timely and well written book on developing e-metric collection and management systems; I recommend it to any librarian needing help managing virtual collections.