The particular stats I played with today are the 'Books accessed via SFX ranked by use'. These stats indicate which books were returned in searches (both within Metalib and in the database UIs we've embedded the SFX service) which in turn attracted a client's attention enough to click on 'Find It'. The stats show how many times this this happened for each ISBN.
I reasoned that this data could be a useful indicator of both the titles and subject areas clients are searching for which in turn would aid acquisitions decisions by:
- Identifying high demand titles not in the collection
- Highlighting subject areas under represented in the collection
- Giving liaison librarians an insight into the information needs of their clients
I decided to check all the ISBNs that had more than two requests and if they were not part of the JCU collection list the bibliographic details with a link to more information (either from a publisher, vendor or Google Books) which would further aid the decision to purchase or not.
Two side points:
- About 40% of the requests had no ISBN, making them impossible trace just using the report
- The clickthrough rates for books are about half what we get for journal articles
I'm about to send it to the liaison librarians to see what they think. Maybe they'll even comment in this blog