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Digital Programs and Systems at George Mason University Libraries

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arXiv usage at Mason

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:17:18 +0000

The other day we started talking about joining as a way to help support Open Access and the valuable service that arXiv offers.  As you’d expect, the question arose, “How often do we think it’s being used?” One exploratory … Continue reading

Consortial Borrowing

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 18:58:46 +0000

University Libraries belongs to several cooperatives that provide our students, faculty and staff with enhanced access to materials beyond our local print and digital collections.  The big four for Mason are: Local – WRLC (Washington Research Library Consortium) Statewide – … Continue reading

A few Primo numbers…

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:59:49 +0000

A few observations based on 12 months of data from our Primo discovery system (Jan 2015 ~ Dec 2015): Sessions:  333,091 unique sessions  Roughly 2% originated outside the U.S. Users signed in 5382 times (roughly 1.5% of sessions) Great to … Continue reading

Laptop borrowing…

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:33:03 +0000

A few months ago we placed a 12 unit laptop self-checkout kiosk in one of our libraries.  It is certainly being used though not as much as I had originally expected.  Possible reasons: it’s a new service so it takes time … Continue reading

What’s In Circulation Today?

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:40:08 +0000

Starting a teach-myself-Tableau session today so I thought I’d extract some data from our ILS to keep things interesting and relevant.   Here’s a graphic showing what physical items (not e-books) are in circulation to Mason students, faculty and stafff on … Continue reading

Primo usage data tidbits…

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:48:56 +0000

1.4 million That’s the number of searches conducted on our Primo system between March 17, 2013 and March 17, 2014. Roughly three weeks ago, I added Google Analytics code to our site and already it’s producing some interesting information (even … Continue reading

Borrowing by LC classification FY 2012-13

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:57:56 +0000

Working with historic circulation data the other day I discovered that affiliates of the Washington Research Library Consortium borrowed some 20,653 monograph titles from Mason’s libraries during FY 2012-13.  Thinking about Mason’s collections and those of fellow WRLC members, I … Continue reading