Usage statistics

You know that new Collection Services website that Gail announced a couple of weeks ago? Gail and I have been busy spiffing up and updating the Usage of E-journals and Other Online Resources page as well.

Here’s how to get there:

Collections Services –> Budget/Metrics (under Selection/Budgeting) –> Usage and Impact (under Metrics) –> Usage of E-Journals and Other Online Resources (under Usage & Impact).

You’ll find updated spreadsheets that include 2010 data. Also, there’s a new document called Usage Statistics info and passwords that provides a selected list of specialized publishers and how to get statistics.

As always, if you have any questions about usage stats, let me know.




Interlibrary Borrowing Requests 2009-2010

UC Berkeley users ask to borrow items from other institutions in a variety of ways. Thanks to the great team in Interlibrary Services (ILS), most of these requests are fulfilled.

The UCs use VDX to help track a lot of this activity. In 2009-2010, VDX reports that ILS staff worked with over 1000 institutions and over 27,000 borrowing requests. 81% of the traffic was in monograph-related items and 15% in journal-related items:

CDs & Computer files 14
Film & DVDs 75
Journals 4128
Manuscripts 43
Monographs 22142
Music 104
Official Publications 116
Other 486
Theses 117
Total 27389

This is not all the borrowing requests made by/for UC Berkeley patrons. For example, statistics come in separately for the Berkeley-Stanford RLCP program, and are not yet available for 2009-2010.

You can now see counts and bibliographic information for the borrowing requests tracked by VDX during 2009-2010:

If you have any questions, please ask me rather than Charlotte – I’ve already asked her lots, and might be able to help.


P.S. This data is accessible via the new Collections Services staff-side home page then following this trail, Selection / Budgeting –> Budget & Metrics –> Borrowing and Lending.

Download PDFs and Build Collections in Hathi Trust

UC Berkeley campus IT and Hathi Trust have successfully enabled CalNet ID-authorization for the UC Berkeley community. This opens options at Hathi Trust available only to member institutions:

  • you can now print and download pdfs of materials in the public domain, and
  • you can build, save and share personal collections.

For more information, see Hathi Help.



CRL Purchase Proposal Program Nominations are now OPEN

The UC Berkeley Library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). As such, we are in a position to

  • influence the selection of temporary or permanent access to resources that CRL funds (via the Purchase Proposal Program and/or the Demand Purchase Program)
  • participate in shared purchase programs facilitated by CRL (via the Shared Purchase Program); and
  • apply for financial help to build local collections (via the new Scholar’s Access Program)

 Different material types and criteria apply under these four programs. For more information, see CRL’s webpage, Cooperative Resources Program (

Purchase Proposal Program Nominations for 2012 are now OPEN
Kicking off the 2012 Purchase Proposal Program, CRL is asking for nominations of microform and hard copy collections for CRL purchase that meet the following criteria: the resources are not readily available for loan from five or more CRL libraries; cost $1,000 or more; form a coherent unit, or consist of separate works that are all listed in an existing standard bibliograph or fall within an easily definable class, or reproduce a single known collection. Some limitations apply.

If you are interested in making a nomination, see CRL’s webpage,  Purchase Proposal Program ( and contact either Bernie or Gail for the passwords needed to access the nomination site.

Shared Purchase Program for 2011 results in five new microform sets
The CRL Shared Purchase Program supports the cooperative acquisition of costly major microform or printed sets that were nominated and considered for the Purchase Proposal Program, but were not of sufficiently broad interest to warrant purchase under the funds earmarked for that program.

CRL just announced five microform sets that were nominated for the Purchase Proposal Program but were not broadly supported for CRL direct funding. However, under the Shared Purchase Program 17 member libraries agreed to cooperatively purchase these for all members:

  • Gubernatorial Reports of Russian Imperial Governors 1855-64. IDC Publishers. ($12,113)
    The 19th-century reports of the provincial governors of the Russian Empire dispatched annually to the Ministry of the Interior and ultimately to the Tsar himself are a primary source for research on Russian history. From 1804 until the revolution of 1917, these reports documented economic changes, political events, and popular disturbances as well as the actions of provincial administrations.
  • Lyttelton Times. Christchurch, New Zealand. Bludeau Partners International LLC ($6,000)
    The Lyttelton Times (LT) was one of the principal newspapers of the Canterbury region for 80 years. It was published from 1851 until 1929, when it became the Christchurch Times until publication ceased in 1935. CRL already holds LT from 1902 to 1906 and has a very limited representation of other New Zealand mainstream papers.
  • Sources on Social Welfare Freie Wohlfahrtspflege Harald Fischer Verlag (9,990 euros or $13,725 USD depending on the exchange rate)
    The German social state was to a large extent formed by the field of independent welfare work. Philanthropical and Christian initiatives and organizations spearheaded social work in the 19th century. This series contains important but, until now, little-known sources of German social history from before the 1848 Revolution up to the Second World War. The set is widely held in Germany and German-speaking countries but has been unavailable in North America until now.
  • Xin Wen Bao Microfilm. National Library of China. (263,000 RMB or $38,649 USD depending on exchange rate)
    Originally operated jointly by foreigners and local Chinese and published in Shanghai, Xin Wen Bao was once the most widely distributed newspaper in China. This set covers the late Qing and the entire Minguo Republican eras, and will make the current CRL holdings of the newspaper’s back files complete.
  • Zhongguo jin dai Zhong yi yao qi kan hui bian Shanghai Zhong yi yao da xue bian ji Shanghai ci shu chu ban she 2010-06-01. CIBTC China Intl Book Trading Corp. (RMB 100,000 or $15,279 USD depending on the exchange rate)
    This five-part series includes a total of 200 volumes of reprints of modern (19th- and early 20th-century) periodicals on Chinese traditional medicine, an emerging field of Chinese history for historians of science and practitioners.

 Best regards, Bernie

LJ Periodicals Price Survey 2011

Elizabeth Byrne points out (thanks, Elizabeth!) that Library Journal has published their annual Periodicals Price Survey, this year entitled, “Under Pressure, Times Are Changing”. 

Here’s an excerpt

As expected, nearly 50 percent of the content of the merged ISI indexes consists of titles from five major publishers: Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, Taylor & Francis, and SAGE. All five offer large online “Big Deal” journal packages; price increases for those packages are dictated by the terms of individual contracts and may not mirror standard published rates. Published print prices for the merged ISI indexes increased 5.2 percent for 2011. Prices for the broader set of titles in Academic Search Premier, which includes some titles in the merged ISI indexes, increased 7.7 percent. Print prices for the public library titles in MasterFILE Premier mirror that of the merged ISI indexes at 5.2 percent. In general, 2010 price increases were lower across the board than previous years, reflecting restraint on the part of publishers. Prices for 2011 are trending up again and this will result in higher price projections for 2012.