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Over 850 organizations are actively registered with BadgerLink

Over 470 locations in Wisconsin use BadgerLink (as determined by Google Analytics)
Over 470 locations in WI use BadgerLink
(data from Google Analytics)


This includes at least:

  • 485 schools

  • 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."

BadgerLink Usage Statistics

  Searches Sessions** Pageviews Successful Retrievals
2017 104,048,222 1,545,381 10,230,712 12,599,558
2016 112,645,487 1,860,494 11,572,283 11,995,892
2015 109,182,064 2,548,005 13,711,527 11,677,580
2014 121,380,641 79,878,515 12,365,513 10,935,337
2013* 130,270,878 78,854,527 7,515,164 --
2012 95,540,101 57,590,786 12,655,185 --
2011 80,327,515 52,176,565 11,587,906 --

*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 no longer reports session counts.

Successful Retrievals of Electronic Information

BadgerLink retrievals chart 2014-2017


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. 


Vendor Metric Collected
Access NewspaperARCHIVE Pageviews
Britannica Digital Learning Documents & Media (accessed)
EBSCO (COUNTER-compliant) Result Clicks
Gale (COUNTER-compliant) Result Clicks
HeritageQuest Online Searches
LearningExpress Library Total # of Resources (accessed) (COUNTER-compliant) Result Clicks
Wisconsin Newspaper Association (Archive of WI Newspapers) Pageviews


Statistics Class

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.  

Statistics Class

Public Library Annual Reports

Computer screen with data displayed

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: