Monthly database statistics
Some vendors provide very detailed spreadsheets of library activity in any given month. See the table at the end of this page to download those Excel spreadsheets.
Some other vendors provide direct access to statistics from their websites:
- Ancestry Library Edition
- This link should recognize the IP address of your library, and provides various options for statistics delivery. These stats take some time to completely compile, so ProQuest recommends waiting until the 5th of the month to get accurate usage statistics for the previous month.
- Detailed reports of EBSCOhost usage, including NoveList, Auto Repair Reference Center, and any other EBSCO databases for which the library has a subscription. Requires library password. EBSCOadmin is EBSCO's own tool for checking EBSCO database usage statistics, creating reports, and customizing certain interface options. Since it is maintained by EBSCO and not OPLIN, a separate ID and password are required. If you do not know your ID and password, please contact the OPLIN Support Center, firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. For further details on how the tool itself works, click on the "Help" link at the top of the screen after logging in.
- Sanborn Insurance Maps
- Use the link at the bottom of the page, no login required.
(Can't find your link for CultureGrams? Last we knew it was http://tools.culturegrams.com/usage_statistics/.)
For some vendors, accumulated monthly statistics are available as spreadsheets:
- American & English Literature Collection statistics since January 2010—download spreadsheet
- Facts on File Science Online statistics since July 2009—download spreadsheet
- AllData (for subscribers) statistics since 2015—download spreadsheet
- Incident Response: OPLIN staff will respond within one hour to malfunctions of database statistics during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding State of Ohio holidays; contact us through the OPLIN Support site.
- Incident Resolution: OPLIN staff will either resolve the incident within 4 business hours or will open an incident ticket with the database vendor(s) and work collaboratively toward resolving the incident within the timeframe specified in the vendor's agreed service objective.
Zip Code statistics
You can see how many people have accessed the Ohio Web Library databases from the zip codes which your library serves by clicking here.
- What is the Zip Stats report?
This page lets you view how many times databases were accessed from within particular zip codes during a selected month. The OPLIN authentication mechanism stores the domain name of the resource (e.g. ebscohost.com, heritagequestonline.com), the month and year, whether access is in-library or remote, and the zip code of the user. We began collecting these statistics in August 2006.
- Why does OPLIN authentication store just the domain names?
Sometimes multiple resources have the same domain. For example, all of the separate EBSCOhost resources, including NoveList, are recorded as "ebscohost.com." The vendors have web-based tools that you can use for more detailed statistics.
- Why report session stats by zip code?
Most OPLIN databases are licensed for all of Ohio, so we have tried to remove barriers and make it easier for remote users to get to subscription content. Using geographic data on IP addresses, we are able to tell when users are in Ohio, and we wish to let them into the databases as quickly and easily as possible. Usage in these sessions is not credited to particular libraries, but to a generic statewide account; therefore we ask those users for their zip codes so that we can get some picture of the distribution of usage locally.
- Where does the zip code data come from?
If the session is from within a library, the zip code we store is that of the main library. This is true even of branch libraries; the recorded zip code is the main library zip code. For remote sessions, we use the patron's location data (from the device or browser) or her library card number. We record the zip code as calculated, or we record the zip code of the main library in that system for library card validation.
- A zip code can overlap multiple library service areas. How can I tell which usage is "ours" and which belongs to another library system?
Except for in-library usage, you can't. We know that library service areas overlap, and that libraries can have patrons registered all over the state. It doesn't matter if several libraries track stats in the same zip codes. These numbers are not reported to the State Library, and they are not used to determine funding levels between library systems.
If you have a special statistics request, please contact http://support.oplin.org, and we will do our best to get what you need.
World Book had a problem with usage statistics for individual libraries beginning in late August 2015 and provided statistics for the period August-December 2015 in late February 2016.