LibStats: an open source online tool for collecting and reporting on statistics in an academic library

Jordan, Elizabeth (2008) LibStats: an open source online tool for collecting and reporting on statistics in an academic library. Performance Measurement and Metrics, 9 1: 18-25. doi:10.1108/14678040810869396

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Author Jordan, Elizabeth
Title LibStats: an open source online tool for collecting and reporting on statistics in an academic library
Journal name Performance Measurement and Metrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-8047
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/14678040810869396
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 18
End page 25
Total pages 8
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 400201 Librarianship
230204 Applied Statistics
230299 Statistics not elsewhere classified
350210 Quality Management
350202 Business Information Systems (incl. Data Processing)
Formatted abstract
Abstract: Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to describe the development and practical applications of a highly configurable online tool – LibStats – licensed under GNU GPL, for collecting and reporting on statistics in the academic library, developed at the University of Queensland Library.

LibStats – an online tool – was used to make quantitative and qualitative assessments and to benchmark the results against those of other academic libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

Beyond an introduction to the tool this paper explores the potential benefits it brings to the organisation in terms of information available to management and staff time saved.

LibStats is a tool which is available as open source software and which facilitates the collection, recording, analysis and reporting of statistics in an academic library. It is highly configurable, which allows for customised implementation in other organisations.
Keyword Academic libraries
Performance measures
Open source
Statistical analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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