Consortia Collaborating on a Platform for Library Usage Statistics




CC-PLUS — Free trial available (updated May 2024)

CC­-PLUS is an open source software, community, and administrative tool set for usage statistics management designed to support libraries and consortia in data­-driven decisions and effective stewardship of electronic resources. CC-PLUS was originally developed by eight international library consortia with ongoing development through the Kentucky Virtual Library.

CC-Plus is a standalone web-based Laravel application connected to a MySQL database and a web server. It allows for consortia to be managed within a host system, and requires COUNTER Release 5 reports.

To try out the latest enhancements, request demo space courtesy of the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) or visit the KYYL_Catalyst_Dev branch on GitHub.

This shareable platform will enable consortia and member libraries to:

  • establish and enhance proactive, community-­based approaches to usage data management, especially among consortia in North America, with global applicability;
  • create staffing and cost efficiencies with flexible, shared infrastructure;
  • increase libraries’ analytic capacity with flexible tools;
  • support adherence to and use of COUNTER and NISO standards within the library, publisher, and consortial communities; and
  • empower libraries and consortia to practice exemplary stewardship by making data­-informed decisions regarding investments in electronic resources.

The application uses consortial library SUSHI credentials to harvest COUNTER reports from major scholarly publishers. Reports are validated and stored and the system provides alerts for problems with data harvests. Usage data is available through a dynamic interface corresponding to consortial and library needs. The initial release of the CC­-PLUS platform was made available under an Apache 2.0 software license along with documentation at: