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State of the Web: April 2011 May 10, 2011

Posted by davidjdahl in Assessment, State of the website.
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Historically, April has been one of the busiest months for the Library’s website. This year was no different.

Overall Numbers

Pageviews 392,762
Visits 130,631
Pages per visit 3.01
Average time on site 3:24
Busiest day Tuesday, April 26, 2011 (6,664 visits)
Busiest hour of the day Noon (10,336 visits)

Visitor Profile
Here’s a little information about the 62,207 unique visitors who used our website during April.

Browser overview – the emergence of IE9.0 and FF4

Internet Explorer 9.0 is Microsoft’s newest browser. We’ve seen increased usage in the month of March, making up almost 3% or all visits from IE browsers (up from .35% in March).

Firefox 4 is Mozilla’s newest browser version. The Library website is accessed quite a bit from Firefox 4.0 – up from 349 visitors in March to 3,247. That’s about 20% of all visits from Firefox users.

distribution of browsers used during April, Internet Explore was used for over 50% of visits

Here's how the four major browsers breakdown in April.

Most visitors come from…

  • Country: United States (99.6%)
  • State: Maryland (96.65%)
  • City: Towson (81.29%)

Over 1400 visits came from 74 other countries.

Content overview

Most accessed pages

Research Databases 22,031 pageviews
Journal List 11,635 pageviews
Off-campus Login 10,537 pageviews
Citing Source 7,891 pageviews
Subject Gateways 6,328 pageviews

Mobile Website Overview

The Library also maintains a version of the website that is optimized for mobile devices. Below are some statistics about its usage.

Pageviews 957
Visits 601
Pages per visit 1.6

Mobile Device analysis

The distribution of operating systems used to access the Library’s mobile website did not change significantly.  Of all visits, 54.2% came from an Apple product using the iPhone operating system (OS). This was followed by devices with the Android OS (29.7%) and the Blackberry OS (10.2%).

chart showing top mobile devices by number of visits.

Here are the mobile devices that visit the Library's website most frequently.

Top mobile pages

Library Hours 239
Phone numbers 61
Research Tools 29
Directions 29
What’s Where 26

What We’re Doing

A lot! The Subject and Course Gateways will be undergoing some upgrades this summer to make it even easier for librarians to build useful research guides to help you with your research. The Library’s Help Guides committee is continuing to add new materials to the Help Guides collection. In collaboration with OTS, we’re working on more mobile solutions and a web service to show which computers in the library are available at any given time! If there’s anything you’d like to see added to our web presence please feel free to suggest it. Summer is a great time for us to make improvements to the website, so expect to see some new things in the Fall.

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