The usage data for Athens authentication sessions for the 2nd quarter of 2009 are now available on the L&LR staff Portal.
The initial impression is a promising one: overall usage via Athens is up 11% on the same period last year.
However, this figure masks some unusual features – while authentication via Athens to the Electronic Journals A-to-Z is up significantly, usage of some important individual e-resource packages (including the EBSCOhost databases, IngentaConnect, Art Full Text, Mintel, others) has actually fallen since last year.
Is this a reflection of changing patterns of use (or of preferred authentication method) amongst our students and academic staff?
Or could it be a mistake in the figures? I’ll certainly be checking them with Eduserv.