Usage Analysis of University of Manitoba Licensed Databases via EZproxy’s Logs
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Keywords

Database Usage Analysis
Transaction Log Analysis
TLA
EZProxy
SPULog

Abstract

Compared to vendor-provided data, Transaction Log Analysis (TLA) can provide unique benefits to a library in analyzing database usage. Meanwhile, it also requires librarians to have a broad knowledge of Information Technology in order to implement a TLA. This article will present an in-house database system developed at the University of Manitoba Libraries to analyze EZProxy’s Starting Point Uniform Resource Locator logs. The database visits that happened in the past two years have been imported into this system and are split into two categories, on-campus and off-campus visits. Unique statistical information from each category is also discussed.

https://doi.org/10.23974/ijol.2019.vol4.2.138
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