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As the students relax and enjoy their summer break after all the hard work they put in during the Spring semester of 2015, we here in assessment are curious to know just how much did the students use the library. You may have seen a previous blog post on gate count information, which showed how card swipes at the library entrance could be used. Well, this is how.

Each card swipe linked to unique patron identification values registers the count of inward entry and outward exit swipes to provide us a wealth of information about the number of entries, exists and net flow of patrons. It...

Tags: usage stats, gate counts

This visualization gives a quick look at some of the ways that we are learning to use data from our card swipe access at the front door of the Central Library.  The data represented is what we have gathered from September 15, 2014 through February 28, 2015.

In the Net Flow worksheet, you can see how the flow of people is moving into and out of the library for every hour of a given day.  The flow rate (positive or negative) is determined by subtracting exit card swipes from entry card swipes.  

Feel free to take a look at the visualization and then leave a comment!  I...

Tags: gate counts, Tableau, usage stats

One of the most frequently asked questions about the collections is "What titles are used the most often?" This is a story representing the circulation activity for September 2014.

Tags: Tableau, usage stats, circulation

Our team was created by the reorganization of the UT Arlington Libraries in July of 2013 with broad strengths in both qualitative and quantitative assessment.  Andy Herzog, the Director of Online User Experience is a former Liaison librarian working with College of Education faculty and students.  Heather Scalf, the Director of Quantitative Assessment was previously the Coordinator of Access Services, and Gretchen Trkay, the Director of User Experience, is a former Information Literacy librarian.  We are excited to have a venue for sharing our experiences with others and look forward to...

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