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Library Quarterly Report FY21 Q1: July-Sept 2020

Database Usage
Adapting to COVID-19

Subscription database use reached a new record this quarter with 4,151 downloads, outpacing our 5-year quarterly average by nearly 1,000 downloads. Leading all resources was ASTM Compass (usually the most heavily used database), which also showed record usage. That was followed by EOS Library catalog clickthroughs and finally Knovel, which is also usually in the top 3. We noted anuptick in usage of our EBSCO eBooks database, which has a new collection of 700 eBooks from Harvard Business Review, which we started promoting this quarter through Connection posts and LinkedIn with a Quick-Start Guide to support users. We also noted increased use of Business Source Corporate Plus, which we believe to be due to the library's development of a new "Core Journals" list that is helping patrons find journals hidden in databases.

The VDOT Research Library continues to expand access to key resources through desktop access to subscription databases. VDOT employees have access to 16 database subscriptions (15 of those are "full text") and because we serve the entire VDOT community, these resources see steady usage. The tables here show the number of downloads per month this quarter (averaging 1,383/month this quarter), and the trend over the past year (right), averaging just over 1,000 downloads/month. 


Subscription database usage FY21 Q4.
Subscription Downloads By VDOT: FY21 Q1
July  August  September  Total 
ASTM Compass  545  391  591  1,527 
Non-Subscription Downloads (EOS Clickthroughs)  171  290  282  743 
Knovel  126  165  130  421 
EBSCO Business Source Corporate Plus  23  160  173  356 
TRR  136  69  57  262 
ASCE Library  122  56  83  261 
Skillsoft Books  71  67  79  217 
Taylor & Francis Journals  131  44  23  198 
EBSCO eBooks *  131  131 
ICE Virtual Library  16  27 
 EBSCO Business Book Summaries 
Monthly Totals  1,329  1,259  1,563  4,151 

* The library recently added a collection of 700 Harvard Business Press eBooks to this database, joining engineering and business eBooks.

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