Now Available: Setting a Foundation for Assessing Content Reuse White Paper

The project team is now happy to release Setting a Foundation for Assessing Content Reuse: A White Paper From the Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects project. This white paper (a) provides a broad overview of the Measuring Reuse project, including background information on the AIG, (b) outlines the methods used by the project team, (c) summarizes results, and (d) discusses potential next steps.

The release of the Setting the Foundation marks the conclusion of the Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects grant project.

Interested in learning more about the project over the coming months?

Members of the project team will be reporting out on the results of this project at conferences such as the DLF Forum, the Library Assessment Conference, and the Grey Literature 20 Conference. An article summarizing the first part of the project titled “Barriers and Solutions to Assessing Digital Library Reuse: Preliminary Findings” is being published open access in Performance Measurement and Metrics. You may also contact any project team member to learn more about the background, results, and next steps for the project.

Call for Follow-Up Survey Participation

The release of this follow-up survey is the Measuring Reuse team’s final step in our needs gathering process.  The survey consists of 14 questions. It asks participants to prioritize a set of use cases (generated from previously held focus group sessions) to identify the most useful functions of a digital library reuse assessment toolkit.

If you are a cultural heritage or research data professional interested in methods of evaluating reuse of your institution’s digital object collections, consider taking our survey:

If one of the first 50 respondents to complete the survey, participants will also be offered a $25 Amazon gift card for their participation in the survey.

Please see the survey itself for full eligibility criteria and informed consent. The survey ends at 5:00pm PDT on Friday, June 15, 2018.

Please do share on your social media networks! It would be very much appreciated.


Analytics, Altmetrics, and Reuse Twitter Chat — April 25

Members of the the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group’s (DLF AIG) Working Group on Reuse and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Altmetrics and Digital Analytics Interest Group are excited to announce the upcoming “Analytics, Altmetrics, and Reuse Twitter Chat” on Wednesday, April 25 from 2:00 p.m EST to approximately 3:00 p.m. EST.  The chat will engage participants in discussing the numerous approaches and barriers to reuse analysis in digital libraries.

Below you will find important information about the Twitter Chat, background content for participating in the conversation, and the questions to be explored during the chat.

Twitter Chat Planning Document:

Hashtags: #dlfaig, #digreuse

Context/additional information:


Reuse: The DLF AIG Reuse Working Group defines reuse as how often and in what ways digital library materials are utilized and repurposed. In this definition, we do know the context of the use. This definition is fluid and open to change.

Examples of reuse: turning images into gifs or memes; inclusion of digital collection materials in an external dataset (e.g. HTRC datasets or curated Internet Archive user collections); mashups of two or more songs or video; data visualizations; other transformative applications of the collections external to digital collections systems

Examples of reuse assessment: reverse image lookup information; citation metrics of data and/or digital collection materials


Q1: How would you define #altmetrics and digital #analytics? #dlfaig #dlfreuse

Q2: Do you agree or disagree with the reuse definition: #dlfaig #digreuse

Q3. Is reuse measured at your institution? If so, how? #dlfaig #digreuse #datareuse

Q4: What reuse assessment data would be helpful to collect? Some potential examples might include collecting campaign URLs or identifiers, patron requests/surveys, etc? #dlfaig #digreuse

Q5. What are common tools used to collect and analyze reuse assessment data? #dlfaig #digreuse

Q6: What do you do with this assessment data? How do you communicate the results of your analysis? #dlfaig #digreuse

Q7: What assessment standards are used? What limitations exist with those standards? #dlfaig #digreuse

Q8: What topics would you like to see in a future conversation around reuse assessment data collection and analysis? #dlfaig #digreuse

Upcoming Activities: February 2018

Happy New Year!

The project team is hitting the ground running in 2018 as we prepare for several upcoming data collection sessions and conference presentations.

Metadata Interest Group – ALA Midwinter Meeting 2018: Ayla Stein will be presenting on behalf of the project team at ALA Midwinter 2018. The presentation is included as part of the Metadata Interest Group’s meeting programming at 8:30AM on Sunday, February 11, 2018.  Abstract to follow.

Presentation @ Code4Lib 2018Liz Woolcott will be presenting for the project team at Code4Lib, taking place this year in Washington, D.C. The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 1:10PM. Please see the session description for the complete presentation abstract.

Focus groups @ Code4Lib 2018: Also at Code4Lib we will be holding two in-person focus groups that will be held immediately after the close of the conference. These are our second set of in-person focus groups and are a primary method of data collection.

That’s it for now.  If you’re attending either ALA Midwinter or Code4Lib we hope to see you there!


Launching the project

Welcome to the IMLS funded grant project Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital ObjectsYou can find out more about the project aims on the About page. Over the next year, readers can expect to see a series of posts to the Measuring Reuse website that follows the team’s progress. Along the way, we hope to include reflections and perspectives on reuse from digital library practitioners. Readers are encouraged to watch this space to learn more about the work and to explore the boundaries of reuse with the team.

The grant aims to gather input from those working in digital libraries by conducting a formal needs assessment. This work will inform the development of a “reuse toolkit” to promote the adoption of standardized reuse measurement in digital libraries. The toolkit will highlight sustainable assessment techniques and best practices for communicating the impacts of digital collections. The grant outputs are intended to support cultural heritage institutions in developing collections through a nuanced understanding of how digital library materials are being used.  

For our first post, we wanted to share our early efforts. The grant project began on July 1, 2017. Since then, we have assembled an advisory board (more soon), navigated the complex world of institutional review board (IRB) submission and approval, and compiled a survey that the team will use to develop a baseline for understanding how cultural heritage organizations view and incorporate reuse into their assessment practices. The team expects to solicit survey responses  in the coming weeks using a variety of listservs. Targeted lists will be those that intersect with the topics of digital libraries/repositories and cultural heritage organizations and their communities’ interests. The team will be offering $25 to the first 50 individuals who complete the survey.  If you are interested in participating in the survey please watch for the invitation or feel free to contact any member of the project team for more information.

With our first month completed, the team is looking forward to planning and executing other elements of the grant – including focus groups and conference presentations – over the next year. Check back to learn more about these efforts in future posts.