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2012, 27(3): 777-797 Back to browse issues page
Use and Cost of Electronic Resources in Central Library of Ferdowsi University Based on E-metrics
Mohammad Reza Davarpanah , Nayereh Dadkhah
Professor of LIS Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the usage of electronic journals in Ferdowsi University, Iran based on e-metrics. The paper also aimed to emphasize the analysis of cost-benefit and the correlation between the journal impact factors and the usage data. In this study experiences of Ferdowsi University library on licensing and usage of electronic resources was evaluated by providing a cost-benefit analysis based on the cost and usage statistics of electronic resources. Vendor-provided data were also compared with local usage data. The usage data were collected by tracking web-based access locally, and by collecting vender-provided usage data. The data sources were one-year of vendor-supplied e-resource usage data such as Ebsco, Elsevier, Proquest, Emerald, Oxford and Springer and local usage data collected from the Ferdowsi university web server. The study found that actual usage values differ for vendor-provided data and local usage data. Elsevier has got the highest usage degree in searches, sessions and downloads. Statistics also showed that a small number of journals satisfy significant amount of use while the majority of journals were used less frequent and some were never used at all. The users preferred the PDF rather than HTML format. The data in subject profile suggested that the provided e-resources were best suited to certain subjects. There was no correlation between IF and electronic journal use. Monitoring the usage of e-resources gained increasing importance for acquisition policy and budget decisions. The article provided information about local metrics for the six surveyed vendors/publishers, e.g. usage trends, requests per package, cost per use as related to the scientific specialty of the university.
Keywords: Cost-benefit, electronic-resources, usage data, e-journals, e-metrics, Ferdowsi University
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Library and Information Science
Received: 2012/07/11
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Davarpanah M R, Dadkhah N. Use and Cost of Electronic Resources in Central Library of Ferdowsi University Based on E-metrics. Journal of Information Processing and Management. 2012; 27 (3) :777-797
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پژوهشنامه پردازش و مدیریت اطلاعات Journal of Information processing and Management
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