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Fun Facts from the Alaska State Publications Program

I was recently asked to come up with a number of statistics about electronic state publications held by the Alaska State Library. I thought it was only fair to share the fruits of my labors with you.

Facts about the e-documents collection:

Cataloged Titles: 716 (614 books, 72 maps, 30 serials)

These 716 titles live in 3,069 files using 3.9GB of storage space. Many documents are multi-part, especially maps.

The average state documents file is then 1.3MB.

Facts about the usage of Alaska e-docs during Jan-Jun 2006:

Files downloaded – 687 files (all or part of a document) were downloaded 32,071 times between 1/1/2006 and 6/30/2006.

Top Five Alaska e-docs (Jan-Jun 2006):

1) Area Management Report for Recreational Fisheries of the Prince William Sound Management Area, 2005
Downloaded 247 times

2) A History of Organized Fire Suppression and Management in the Last Frontier
Downloaded 238 times

3) Assessment of Coho Salmon from the Kenai River, Alaska, 2000
Downloaded 218 times

4) Alaska Public Transportation Management System (APTMS) Statewide Asset Inventory and Implementation Plan 2000 – 2006
Downloaded 209 times

5) Patterns and Trends In Subsistence Salmon Harvests, Norton Sound and Port Clarence, 1994-2003
Downloaded 205 times

Organizations that have used Alaska e-docs:

The stats below are based on a total of 835 visitor sessions initiated between 1/1/2006 and 6/30/2006. On average we had four visits a day, but that is still more than I notice people using state docs in the library.

1) Alaska based organizations – 153 visits or 18.3% of total. Alaska based organizations were:
Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc.
Alaska Library Network
First City Libraries (Ketchikan)
GCI Communications
Juneau Public Libraries
State of Alaska Offices
University of Alaska

2) Alaska State Library – 153 visits or 18.3% of total. When I get more time, it might be helpful to try and filter out our IP addresses so the report reflects outside activity only.

3) Non-Alaska government agencies – 23 visits or 2.75% of total. Non-Alaska government agencies were:
State of Missouri Office of Administration
State of Tennessee
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture – NAL
U.S. Dept. of Commerce – NOAA – NMFS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service IRM/BFO, HQ
U.S. Geological Survey

4) Non-Alaska Universities – 283 or 33.9% of total. Non-Alaska universities were:
Arizona State University
Arizona Western College
Auburn University
Brigham Young University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Indiana University
Michigan State University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Rice University
Stanford University Network
University of British Columbia
University of California at Berkeley
University of Connecticut
University of Illinois
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
University of Utah
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vanderbilt University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Western Michigan University
Yale University

Some of these universities (at least Stanford) are LOCKSS caches. But some usage might be from actual human beings at these institutions.

All of the above usage statistics were generated using a six month Web Trends report. If you are familiar with WebTrends, would you look through the report and let me know if you have suggestions for other statistics I could use or correcting my interpretation of the statistics I did use. I feel that I’ve been intellectually honest, but I welcome other interpretations.

Also, if you know of other states with similar data, I’d be very interested in hearing about them!

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