May 16, 2022

New Preprint: Measuring Changes in Use Patterns Owing to EBSCO Discovery Service

The following preprint from College & Research Libraries was recently made available. The anticipated publication date is January 2015.

Full Title

Maximizing Academic Library Collections: Measuring Changes in Use Patterns Owing to EBSCO Discovery Service


Kristin Calvert
Western Carolina University


College & Research Libraries
Anticipated Publication Date: January 2015
Accepted for Publication: January 2014


Despite the prevalence of academic libraries adopting web-scale discovery tools, few studies have quantified their effect on the use of library collections. This study measures the impact EBSCO Discovery Service has had on use of library resources through circulation statistics, use of electronic resources, and interlibrary loan requests. Additionally, the data were compared against data from similar academic libraries without discovery systems. Findings include a strong growth in e-journal use but a sharp decline in circulation statistics. Implications of discovery on use of the print collection are discussed along with suggestions for improving integration of book and article data.

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See Also:  New Preprint: “‘Pretty Rad’: Explorations in User Satisfaction with a Discovery Layer at Ryerson University” (January 25, 2013)
Report on the use of ProQuest Summon at Ryerson.

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