Alain Lamothe

Alain Lamothe

Associate Librarian

Department of Library and Archives
Library
Sudbury Campus

Education

  • MLIS
  • MSc. Biology
  • BSc. Biology

Awards

  • Publications

    • The Importance of Identifying and Accommodating E-Resource Usage Data for the Presence of Outliers. The Negative Impacts of Inaccurate E-journal Usage Data.

      Information Technology and Libraries, 2014
      This article presents the results of a quantitative analysis examining the effects of abnormal and extreme values on e-journal usage statistics. Detailed are the step-by-step procedures designed specifically to identify and remove these values, termed outliers. By greatly deviating from other values in a sample, outliers distort and contaminate that data. Between 2010 and 2011, e-journal usage at the J.N. Desmarais Library spiked as a result of illegal downloading. The identification and removal of outliers had a noticeable effect on e-journal usage levels. They represented over 100,000 erroneous articles downloaded in 2010 and nearly 200,000 erroneous downloading in 2011.
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