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Our expert panel discuss the strategic use of COUNTER usage data

We are all aware that we need reliable data to support library decision-making. COUNTER usage data is an important tool and not only in calculating cost-per-use and informing cancellation and acquisition decisions. Usage data can also support the value of the library’s investment in content, and it can be used as evidence in publisher negotiations.

In this round table, our expert panel discuss how they use COUNTER usage data and their successes. They consider what next steps COUNTER should take and how the library community can support them.


Panel Members

The panel chair is Anne C. Osterman, Director of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). She is Chair of COUNTER.

Ivy Anderson, Associate Executive Director and Director of Collection Development and Management at California Digital Library. Ivy oversees a broad range of shared collections activities on behalf of CDL and the ten UC campus libraries. Her leadership has seen CDL develop strategies and implement solutions to the complex and emerging issues related to accessing, managing, and disseminating the scholarly record.

Joanna Ball, Head of Roskilde University Library, a service which is delivered in partnership with the Royal Danish Library. She also leads the Royal Danish Library’s Open Science strategic initiative to develop collaborative Open Science services across its three university libraries. She is Vice Chair of UKSG.

Dr. Amy Devenney, Product Manager, Intelligence at Jisc, where she uses data intelligence to support the sector in achieving its aims around licence negotiations, pure gold, hybrid and green open access.

Jill Morris is the Executive Director of the PALCI Consortium (Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. Jill has led the cross-consortial open source and grant-funded project, the CC-PLUS initiative funded by IMLS, to build a platform for the harvest, display and analysis of consortium usage statistics.

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