Use of library subscription databases was flat this quarter, which is typical for this time of year. As is typical, the two most used databases (by downloads) were ASTM Compass and Knovel. In addition, the ASCE Library database had a surprisingly high level of usage. Downloads were 62% higher than the average over the last 3 quarters.
We plan to continue promoting these subscription resources and educating patrons on their used by creating LibGuides. We plan to start that process by migrating our existing “Quick Start Guides” (which are now static PDF handouts) into interactive online LibGuides for key resources like Knovel, ASTM Compass, and Books24x7 as soon as we develop a template for that kind of guide. When that happens the "Research" section of the library's new Web site will begin to fill with helpful research guides.
|Subscription Downloads by VDOT|
|Non-Subscription Downloads (EOS Clickthroughs)||201||162||212||575|
|Other (miscelaneous journals)||3||4||8||15|
* Miscellaneous journals includes several one-off subscriptions, including Corrosion and the International Journal of Pavement Engineering as opposed to "packages" such as ASCE Library, which covers all 32 ASCE journals.
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