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Purdue Libraries To Track Resource Usage with BI

Purdue University Libraries has adopted an application to track and help it analyze how its resources are being used--including those that are digital. The university has selected LogiXML's Logi Insight, a version of business intelligence software specifically for libraries.

"Using Logi Insight puts us in a position where we can understand how patrons are utilizing e-resources, as well as physical resources," said Paul Bracke, the associate dean for Digital Programs and Information Access. "Like all academic libraries, we've seen demand for e-resources skyrocket in recent years, and we're at a point where e-resources represent more than 80 percent of our budget. Getting insight into library utilization data is one of our top priorities."

Logi Insight provides a Web-based reporting console that pulls together data from multiple library sources and reports it through configurable dashboards and reports. The purpose is to make it possible for users to measure patron utilization of library resources, circulation data, e-resources, budget data, and other information as a way to better use and justify budget expenditures.

Recently, LogiXML was named in Gartner's 2011 "Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms," along with 27 other companies. (The Gartner report is available from LogiXML with registration.)

The library software is also in use by Boston College, New York University, and Texas Tech University.

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