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IGeLU 2020 Digital Conference and Developers' Day 14 -17th September, 2020

All events will be held online. It is worth noting that all times in the program are quoted in British Summer Time (BST ; = UTC+1).

You can register here. As we are running multiple streams, we have had to break down the registration process to a day-by-day and session-by-session registration process.


A Natural Experiment: Interpreting Library Web Analytics During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thu 17 Sep, 2020, 13:35–14:00, Zoom - 4
Conference or Developers' Day
Conference (20 minutes + 5 min Q/A)
Session Abstract
This presentation will share findings from a “natural experiment” made possible by our Libraries’ transition to remote work in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Specifically, we will compare web analytics generated by users during the Spring 2020 semester before and after Spring Break, the point at which our institution transitioned to virtual operations. Differences between the two time periods will allow us to engage the question: How do users perceive and navigate our resources in a purely digital environment?

We plan to direct this presentation to a broader community of users, including those who manage discovery platforms and library websites. We will discuss analytics from a full suite of applications, among them the Ex Libris Summon discovery service. The presentation will also speak to developers and librarians who tackle assessment related questions for their Libraries’ web platforms.
Applicable Ex Libris Product
Target Audience Skill Level
None — General Audience
Nathan Gerth, University of Nevada, Reno
Presenter's job title:
Head of Digital Services
Molly Beisler, University of Nevada, Reno
Co-presenter's job title:
Head, Discovery and Digital Services
Alex Forrest, University of Edinburgh