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Library Quarterly Report FY21 Q4: April-June 2021

Database Usage

Adapting to COVID-19

Use of library subscription databases remained healthy during yet another quarter in VDOT's shift to telework as a safety precaution during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the disruption this event caused the agency, overall library database use has remained high. Our 5-year average is around 3,100 downloads a quarter and earlier in the year we saw 4,151 downloads (Q1), an all-time record of 4,309 (Q2) and then 3,228 (Q3). This quarter downloads leveled out, with 3,069 in all, with typically strong showings by ASTM CompassKnovel, and Skillsoft Books.



The Library continues expanding access to resources through "self-service" online databases. We provide 16 subscription databases to VDOT employees. Because we serve VDOT's engineering and business needs, we tend to see steady usage month to month. Tables here show the number of downloads per month (below) from each database, and the trend over the past year (right), which nearly saw a record in Q1, did reach a record in Q2 and leveled back out in Q3.  This quarter it dropped back to the 5-year average.


Subscription database usage FY21 Q4: April-June 2021


Subscription Downloads By VDOT: FY21 Q4
  April   May  June  Total 
ASTM Compass  349  475  584  1,408 
ASCE Library  188  192  158  538 
Skillsoft Books  99  114  994  312 
Transportation Research Record  99  92  86  277 
Knovel  132  54  54  240 
Non-Subscription Downloads (Library Catalog)  110  27  24  161 
*Other (miscellaneous journals 28  15  20  63 
EBSCO Business Source Corporate Plus  15  26  41 
EBSCO eBooks  12 
ICE Virtual Library  11 
EBSCO Business Book Summaries 
ScienceDirect  2 
Monthly Totals  1,028   977  1,064  3,069 

Note: Miscellaneous resources includes International Journal of Pavement Engineering, Corrosion and Road Materials and Pavement Design.

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