Overview

The University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK) Calvin T. Ryan Library supports the research needs of approximately 7,000 students and 400 faculty members. When Jon Ritterbush began his position as E-Resources and Serials Librarian in 2009, he realized the library needed an automated system for tracking the usage of its online serials subscriptions. With a staff of only two, including himself, Ritterbush needed a tool that would help him isolate high cost-per-use resources quickly, thereby allowing him to make collection development decisions that would both save the library money and better support users in achieving their research objectives. In late 2012, the library began subscribing to EBSCO Usage Consolidation, an affordable, easy-to-use tool that enables libraries to collect, consolidate, and report on usage data for their online resources, regardless of vendor. In addition, the library purchased EBSCO’s Usage Loading Service which obtains usage reports and loads them to the library’s EBSCO Usage Consolidation account. Since subscribing to these services, the UNK Library has been able to save time and better allocate its resources.