Alma does not track e-resource usage, which is why you need to load statistics from your vendor. Adding this information to Alma can help you determine cost per use and other useful information. It also makes it easier to compare usage across platforms.
Many vendors provide the option to automatically harvest usage data and import it into Alma through the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) protocol. SUSHI accounts are managed in the Usage Data tab of the vendor record for a given vendor or publisher.
If your vendor does not provide the option to harvest data via SUSHI, you will need to manually upload your data into Alma prior to the end of your fiscal year. If you load them one fiscal year at a time, you can easily do your reporting on a fiscal year basis.
Before starting work in Alma to manually upload COUNTER usage reports, you'll need to download COUNTER reports from vendor administrative portals. Commonly used reports are TR_J1 (replaces JR1 from COUNTER R4) and TR_B1 (replaces BR1 from COUNTER R4).
COUNTER reports are uploaded and managed through the Acquisitions, Import, Load Usage Data interface, or in the Usage Data tab of the vendor record for the given vendor or publisher.
There are several ways to see what usage data has been loaded in your system:
In order to see the details of each report, you need to run Alma analytics or look at the data on your originating vendor's platform.
Thanks to Elizabeth York at Rutgers University Libraries for this overview.
Usage Data in Analytics Best Practices:
Ex Libris has some useful out of the box usage data reports. To see them, log into Alma, click on Analytics->Design Analytics and choose the Catalog from the menu bar. The out of the box reports are listed by subject area under Shared Folders->Alma.