Highlighting Global Readership to Promote the Institutional Repository

University of North Florida Library’s Jeff Bowen recently built a dynamic LibGuide for Digital Commons@UNF that pulls automatic updates of both content and images from the IR to the LibGuide using RSS. He incorporates interactive maps that track full-text downloads from countries worldwide. He said “[Users] like to see that our scholarship is having an international impact and these maps are a quick way to show off those statistics.”

Many libraries have reported that global reach can be an impressive metric to both faculty and senior administration. You can learn how others are using metrics and usage reports in the following DC Community webinar: