Implementation of an electronic resource assessment system in an academic library

Fei Xu (South Dakota State University Libraries, Brookings, South Dakota, USA)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Publication date: 28 September 2010



The purpose of this paper is to provide a library with useful information about selection criteria for an electronic resource assessment system and practical assistance on how to implement efficiently such a system.


The paper is based on literature review, desk research, and implementation experience.


The paper identifies a number of homegrown, open‐source, and commercial electronic resource assessment systems and discusses their selection criteria. Based on the implementation of 360 Counter, the paper details the efficient way to implement the system.


Collecting usage statistics is very important to make informed and well‐rounded collection decisions. Libraries are seeking suitable measuring tools to meet their needs. This paper reviews several electronic resource assessment systems, discusses the selection criteria and implementation process of 360 Counter, and detailed learned lessons as well. Future directions for usage statistics are also explored. It is believed that the deployment experience should be instructive when carrying out similar projects.



Xu, F. (2010), "Implementation of an electronic resource assessment system in an academic library", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 44 No. 4, pp. 374-392.

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