Usage Metrics for ETDs: Demonstrating the Value of Dissemination

A session at USETDA 2013

Friday 26th July, 2013

9:30am to 10:00am (PST)

Kravis Center Lower Court 62

Yan Han, Associate Librarian, University of Arizona

Austin McLean, Director, Scholarly Communication and Dissertation Publishing, ProQuest

An IMLS Grant was awarded in 2011 to develop and share a toolkit of guidelines, educational materials, and a set of software tools for ETD life-cycle data management. As part of this work, Yan Han, a librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries, has created a set of best practices around usage metrics for ETDs. Yan will review the best practice and recommend approaches (including collecting web statistics) to demonstrate usage metrics for students, faculty, libraries and graduate colleges. He will also present uses of statistics data.

ProQuest is process of developing a set of metrics that will answer the following questions:
• How do I compare productivity of dissertations between my school and its closest peers”
• “Are we publishing more than our peer universities in this subject over last few years?”
• “Who is accessing the dissertations published by students of my school?”
• “How does faculty productivity related to PhD and MA programs compare to other peer universities?”
Austin McLean, ProQuest Director of Scholarly Communication and Dissertation Publishing, will demonstrate usage metrics which contains data to answer those question above. By marring longitudinal data with usage data from the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database, universities will be able to glean new insights into productivity and usage of their graduate works.

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Time 9:30am10:00am PST

Date Fri 26th July 2013


Kravis Center, The Claremont Colleges

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