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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

Historically, database usage was 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. The new Successful Retrievals 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
2018 106,800,976 1,141,304 9,493,529 10,303,806
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

**The Release 4 COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources (used by EBSCO, Gale, ProQuest, and no longer reports session counts.

Successful Retrievals of Electronic Information

BadgerLink retrievals chart 2014-2018

Factors that account for the drop in 2018 Successful Retrievals:

  • Absence of historic newspaper content for July through October.
  • Absence of auto repair statistics for November through December.
  • Drop in HeritageQuest Online search statistics due to modifications in the user interface and a loss of June data due to platform migration.
  • Lack of usage data for LitFinder in second half of 2018 as resource is no longer licensed.

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 (2014 - June 2018) Pageviews
Britannica Digital Learning Documents & Media (accessed)
EBSCO Result Clicks
Gale (2014 - June 2018) Result Clicks
HeritageQuest Online Searches
LearningExpress Library Total # of Resources (accessed)
ProQuest (Nov-Dec 2018) & U.S. Newsstream (Oct-Dec 2018) Result Clicks 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: