Libraries spend considerable amounts of money licensing different types of online content to support their users’ needs. User activity, in relation to this content, needs to be continually assessed to ensure that this money is spent as productively as possible.
COUNTER sets and maintains the standard known as the Code of Practice and ensures that publishers and vendors submit annually to a rigorous independent audit. This ensures that librarians are able to compare usage statistics from different vendors; derive useful metrics such as cost-per-use; make better-informed purchasing decisions; and plan infrastructure more effectively.
Libraries and library consortia are invited to support COUNTER by joining as a member.
Usus is a community website on library usage, supported by COUNTER.