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Library Quarterly Report FY17 Q4: April-June 2017

Research Services

In FY16 Q4 the library transitioned from the EOS Reference Tracking software (used from 2007-2016) to Springshare’s Reference Analytics, part of the LibAnswers module, which includes a ticketing/dashboard for tracking inquires and a live chat function. The new system allows the library to track the back-and-forth nuances of support requests with greater precision and provides data on who is asking questions, when (time of day, day of week), where they are located, what type of question they ask, and how long it takes us to respond. This quarter there were 343 total transactions, 318 of which were from VDOT personnel, 119 of which were from VTRC, and 25 of which were from Virginia residents, other libraries, or “unaffiliated” customers.


The table to the right reflects the number of research inquiries the library received by district/division this quarter. VDOT questions added to those not affiliated with VDOT totaled 439, an increase of 22% over last quarter.

Origin Questions VTRC/CO/Districts Questions
VDOT  372 VTRC 118
    Central Office 101
    Hampton Roads 33
    Salem  26
    NOVA 21
    Lynchburg 20
    Richmond 16
    Staunton 12
Other (Non-affiliated) 67 Fredericksburg 10
Total Questions 439 Culpeper 9
    Bristol 6


Literature Search & Synthesis

The library completed three literature searches this quarter for VTRC researchers and VDOT practitioners:



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