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Library Quarterly Report FY22 Q3: January-March 2022

Database Usage

Use of library subscription databases dropped back closer to "normal" levels this quarter. Total downloads were just below average at 2,820 full-text downloads, though our 5-year average is closer to 3,200/quarter. During the past 2 years of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have seen unpredictable swings in database usage, from a record high of 4,302 (October-December 2020) to a modern-day low of 1,915 last quarter.  As is typically the case, this quarter we saw strongest usage from the  ASTM CompassKnovel, and ASCE Library. However, we have also noticed an uptick in access to eBooks in Skillsoft Books. We suspect that is due to the creation and early success of the Innovation Guide, which lists about 50 eBooks, 35 of which are in  Skillsoft. 




The Library continues to expand access to resources through "self-service" online subscription databases. We now provide 19 subscription databases to VDOT employees (17 of those are "full text" resources). The table here shows the number of downloads per month (below) from each database. The trend over the past year (right), which spiked in July, dropped quickly in the following months, but picked back up in the new year.


Subscription database usage FY22 Q3: January-March 2022




Subscription Downloads By VDOT: FY22 Q3
  January  February  March  Total 
ASTM Compass  407  406  381  1,194 
Knovel   56  142  239  437 
ASCE Library  112  103  202  417 
Skillsoft Books   53  65   140  258 
TRR (Sage)  81  70   103  254 
Non-Subscription Downloads (EOS Catalog)  23   66   21  110 
EBSCO eBooks  17  24   47 
EBSCO Business Source Corporate Plus   25   14  42 
* Miscellaneous Journals   17  12   38 
ScienceDirect  14 
EBSCO Business Book Summaries   0   10  10 
Monthly Totals  762  907  1,151  2,820 

* Miscellaneous Journals: Includes journals from the ICE Virtual Library collection, Taylor & Francis, ACI and Corrosion.

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