Join Saint Michael’s College Library for NISO Webinars

Saint Michael’s College Library invites Vermont librarians and library staff to join us for the NISO webinars on performance metrics and measures.

Location: Saint Michael’s College

Dates: Part One – September 8, 1:00-2:30 pm
Part Two – September 15, 1:00-2:30 pm

Cost: Free

To register: Email Laura Crain at Saint Michael’s ( with your name, institution, and an email address.

We will contact you to confirm the location of the webinar on the Saint Michael’s campus

Specify whether you will be attending Part One, Part Two, or both

Primarily these webinars will appeal to folks working in academic libraries.


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.

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 Libraries

— 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 information?

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)

More about NISO: