VALA2020 Session 5 Tyson

Opening the EZproxy Logs: how are patrons accessing electronic resources?

This session is sponsored by Ex Libris

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 3:20 – 3:50

A.F. Tyson

  • Subject Librarian
  • University of Canterbury

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This study demonstrates how libraries can quantify resource usage to gain insight into patrons’ resource discovery behaviour. EZproxy server logs were analysed to understand which resource discovery tools library patrons were using to access electronic resources, and investigate whether there were any disciplinary differences in choice of resource discovery tool. The library’s web-scale discovery tool, Summon, was the most commonly-used resource discovery tool, but significant differences in resource discovery tool usage were found between humanities/social science disciplines and STEM/Business disciplines.


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