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Presentation at the 2015 CONTENTdm Southern User Group Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

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August 2015


Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries recently launched several initiatives to increase the accessibility and enable greater discovery of our digital collections. Like many other organizations, we are interested in creating a standardized assessment approach to determine how these initiatives may help grow the impact of our digital collections, as well as demonstrating their overall value and use.

CONTENTdm reports are part of that standardized assessment. This session will provide an overview of how we are using Excel to quickly import, identify, track and report trends derived from CONTENTdm reports at the item level. This working approach has been used for small and mid-sized digital collections to aid our overall assessment picture.

In this presentation, formulas, techniques and templates will be described and available for use. Among other topics of assessment, a demonstration of how to easily discover and track items that are not being accessed and viewed by users will be discussed, as these items are not accounted for in CONTENTdm reports. This presentation reflects an ongoing and iterative project, and will therefore aim to also encourage feedback and a discussion of techniques.


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VCU Libraries Faculty and Staff Presentations