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Capturing in-house use of library materials

By Ann Snowman

Beginning April 1, 2013, all libraries are asked to capture in-house use of collections via WorkFlows.


· Capturing in-house use quantifies a portion of collection use that can be as high as 50 percent of total circulation for some libraries.

· In-house use is one measure of browsing activity which can be difficult to gauge.

· Once captured in Director’s Station this data can be used to assess the use of a single item, a title, or a collection when making retention and budget decisions.

· In-house use is included in the total circulation figures for the University Libraries and is reported for both the ARL annual survey and the ALS biennial survey.

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