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Comparing usage between a Dynamic and a Static e-monograph Collection

Alain R Lamothe (Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 5 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the results from a quantitative analysis comparing usage levels between an e-monograph collection that has experienced continual growth and an e-monograph collection that has not experienced any recent growth whatsoever. The aim of the study was to determine quantitatively if e-monograph collections with dynamic content experience greater levels of usage compared to e-monograph collections that are static in both size and content.

Design/methodology/approach

E-monograph data were separated into a Dynamic and a Static Collection. Usage for e-monographs belonging to the Dynamic Collection was compared to usage of e-monographs belonging to the Static Collection. The number of e-monographs was obtained by simple count. Additional statistics tracked include the number of viewings. A linear regression analysis was used to determine the strength of the linear relationship between collection size and usage.

Findings

Results indicate that e-monograph collections that continue to grow in both size and content also continue to experience year-to-year increases in usage, whereas e-monograph collections that remain static in size and content experience a decline in usage. A linear regression analysis indicates the existence of a very strong linear relationship that exists between Dynamic Collection size and usage. A weaker linear relationship was calculated for Static Collection size and usage.

Originality/value

This research is one of very few studies systematically and quantitatively comparing usage levels between e-monographs from growing collections to collections that have not had any new titles added recently.

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Citation

Lamothe, A.R. (2015), "Comparing usage between a Dynamic and a Static e-monograph Collection", Collection Building, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 17-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/CB-10-2014-0047

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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