Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Webinar - Measuring Use, Assessing Success

NISO will be holding a two-part webinar on September 8 and 15 (at 1:-00-2:30
p.m. eastern time) on Measuring Use, Assessing Success. Although related,
each part is independent so you can attend either webinar or both. If you
register for both events at the same time, you will receive a 20% discount.

September 8, Part 1: Measure, Assess, Improve, Repeat: Using Library
Performance Metrics

Practitioners of evidence-based librarianship will discuss and demonstrate
evaluations of library collections and services using a variety of
performance metrics. Metrics, when utilized creatively, offer many
far-reaching applications and opportunities for demonstration of
return-on-investment and proof of a library's value to its parent
institution, as well as new responsibilities to continue to show relevance.

Speakers are:

-- Steve Hiller, Director, Assessment and Planning, University of Washington

-- Martha Kyrillidou, Senior Director, Statistics and Service Quality
Programs, Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

September 15, Part 2: Count Me In: Measuring Individual Item Usage

Libraries' growing awareness of performance measures has created an
increased interest in and desire for fine-grained usage data. Now that
electronic versions of books, journals, and other media inhabit a much
greater percentage of many libraries' collections, usage data about
individual book chapters, journal articles, sound recordings, motion picture
scenes, etc. is within reach.

Authors and funding agencies, in addition to library collection managers,
are interested in better understanding the impact this usage tracking can
provide. What are further practical applications for the analysis of this

Speakers are:

-- Peter Shepherd, Project Director, Project COUNTER (Update on PIRUS 2:
Developing practical standards for recording and reporting online usage at
the individual article level)

-- Johan Bollen, Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and
Computing, Indiana University (Applying usage metrics to assess scholarly
content quality)


Registration is per site (defined as access for one computer). NISO and
NASIG members may register at a discounted rate. A student discount is also
available. If you register for both parts at the same time, there is a 20%
discount. Can't make it on the scheduled date or time? Registrants receive
access to the recorded version for one year, which can be viewed at your
convenience. For more information or to register, visit the event webpage:
This webinar is sponsored by PubGet (

Cynthia Hodgson
NISO Technical Editor Consultant
National Information Standards Organization
Phone: 301-654-2512