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DRAA e-resources usage statistics services in China: research and practice

Lan Ye (Shenzhen University Library, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China)
Wei Yang (Shenzhen University Library, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China)
Weiming Lin (Shenzhen University Library, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 27 September 2018

Issue publication date: 12 November 2018




This paper aims to share some experiences and practical activities related to the use and management of usage data in the Digital Resource Acquisition Alliance of Chinese Academic Libraries (DRAA) as a reference for library consortia engaged in providing usage statistics services of e-resources to member libraries.


A literature review and online survey are used to analyze the research and practice of e-resources usage statistics conducted internationally. The case of DRAA is introduced to present how DRAA develops usage statistics services and promotes the implementation of the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) to deliver usage statistics to member libraries. Future developments and enhancements are also described.


The main actions taken by DRAA to develop usage statistics services are as follows: development of the DRAA Usage Statistics Portal to provide a single point of access to usage statistics from participating publishers on behalf of member libraries; development of a SUSHI client, taking the lead in promoting SUSHI implementation to automatically obtain usage statistics in Chinese academic libraries; establishment of a working group on usage statistics and the China Academic Library and Information System/DRAA Standards and Recommended Practices Research Task Group to form a long-term mechanism for monitoring and gathering usage statistics; and strengthening of the understanding and application of standards and best practices for libraries and vendors in China. Scheduled enhancements in the future include a deep analysis and utilization of usage statistics, the promotion of Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources and SUSHI to Chinese academic resource publishers and raising awareness about normalizing usage statistics.


This paper has pertinence and wider implications for library consortia engaged in providing e-resources usage statistics services to member libraries.



The authors wish to acknowledge Shuyong Jiang of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library who provided support with language and grammar in this paper.


Ye, L., Yang, W. and Lin, W. (2018), "DRAA e-resources usage statistics services in China: research and practice", The Electronic Library, Vol. 36 No. 6, pp. 1043-1061.



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