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Who Uses BadgerLink?
Over 850 different organizations are actively registered with BadgerLink.
This includes at least:
241 public libraries & most library systems
41 colleges & universities
Over 6.5 million Wisconsin IP addresses
BadgerLink Resource Statistics
Database usage has been historically tracked by searches, sessions, and pageviews. However, most of these metrics are no longer supported by COUNTER-compliant vendors.
The BadgerLink Usage Statistics table continues to include this data, even though it doesn't tell the whole story. The new Successful Retrievals column reflects a combination of metrics showing the "number of full-content units or descriptive records examined, downloaded, or otherwise supplied to a user."
*An error in Encyclopedia Britannica reporting has been corrected, resulting in lower counts for their resources, particularly Pageviews.
**The Release 4 COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources (used by EBSCO, Gale, and TeachingBooks.net) no longer reports session counts.
Successful Retrievals of Electronic Information
What Metrics Are Collected To Determine Successful Retrievals?
All BadgerLink vendors provide a metric that demonstrates retrievals, or the act leading to a retrieval. The chart below shows the best available metric used to determine successful retrievals.
|Britannica Digital Learning||Documents & Media (accessed)|
|EBSCO (COUNTER-compliant)||Result Clicks|
|Gale (COUNTER-compliant)||Result Clicks|
|LearningExpress Library||Total # of Resources (accessed)|
|TeachingBooks.net (COUNTER-compliant)||Result Clicks|
|Wisconsin Newspaper Association (Archive of WI Newspapers)||Pageviews|
On Tuesday, November 28th the Technical Services Coordinator for BadgerLink, Elizabeth Neuman, presented on the statistics BadgerLink collects. Watch the recording to learn about what is tracked, what standards we follow, and what data is available for schools and libraries.
Handout on Accessing Statistics Reports in EBSCOadmin.
Public Library Annual Reports
The 2016 Public Library Annual Report includes a new section for tracking the successful retrievals of electronic information within electronic collections, otherwise known as databases or electronic resources. While many libraries purchase their own electronic collections, a bulk of this data would come from the state-provided resources in BadgerLink.
We worked with systems and/or libraries to make updates with participating content providers to allow for individual usage statistics to be captured, and library systems will be continually updated with guidance on how to understand and use their data during the Annual Report process.
This is a big change, but we are excited to move forward with some consistency and clarity so we can all best represent the actions of our users!
For more information, see the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog posts: