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LibGuides datasets: everything you need to know

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The LibGuides dataset allows you to analyze the total number of public page views, user sessions (if you have CMS), and published vs. total guides for your LibGuides system. This includes:

  • A breakdown of public page views and sessions by month or year.
  • The distribution of public page views and sessions by day of the week, weekend vs. weekday, and month.
  • Trends in your public page views and user sessions over time, with year-over-year comparisons.
  • The ratio of published guides vs. total guides over time.

These datasets are ideal for getting a bird's-eye view of your usage, especially when you need to analyze trends over time. This can also be useful with the cross-dataset analysis tool, as you can easily compare traffic to your LibGuides site against traffic to other websites gathered in your Google Analytics datasets.

It's important to note that the LibGuides dataset provides a general overview of your site's usage. For a detailed analysis of individual guides, pages, assets, or searches, you'll want to continue consulting the statistics module in LibGuides. 

Example of a LibGuides Overview analysis

In this Springboard, you'll learn how to create and configure a LibGuides dataset, as well as record and analyze data.

Create and manage a LibGuides dataset

LibGuides datasets are only available to LibInsight Full customers. If you're interested in upgrading to the Full version of LibInsight, contact our Springy Sales team.

To create a new dataset, Admin users can go to Admin > Manage Datasets and click the Add New Dataset button.

Navigating the the Manage Datasets page and adding a new dataset

Once you have the dataset set up, LibInsight automatically keeps your LibGuides datasets up to date so you don't have to lift a finger. Each night, data from the previous day will be imported, keeping your stats current up to the previous calendar day.

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Analyze a LibGuides dataset

When analyzing a LibGuides dataset, you'll find the following reports:

  • Overview: breaks down your public page hits and (if you have CMS) user sessions by month or year. This will allow you to analyze your totals over time.
  • Distribution: provides a breakdown of your public page hits and user sessions by day of the week, weekday vs. weekend, and month.
  • Trends: allows you to compare the current date range against the same period of time in previous years. This can help you see the overall trend, as well as year-over-year differences.

In addition, LibInsight includes other tools to help you analyze, visualize, and share your data with others:

  • Dashboards: dashboards allow you to display charts of key data points from one or more datasets on a single page. Dashboard pages can be public or private, allowing you to create and share dashboards internally with staff or with the public.
  • Cross-Dataset Analysis: allows you to compare up to 4 variables from across one or more datasets. This can provide some really useful insight for seeing trends across services or resources over time.

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