NISO Training Thursday: Implementing SUSHI/COUNTER at your Institution

Thursday, May 14, 2015 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

System Requirements: 

  • NISO has developed a quick tutorial, How to Participate in a NISO Web Event. Please view the recording, which is an overview of the web conferencing system and will help to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding participating in an online Webex event.
  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.
  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.
  • Please check your system in advance to make sure it meets the Cisco WebEx requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins.

About the Training

With the sheer number of electronic resources that the libraries are now subscribe to, acquiring accurate and timely usage statistics is crucial in providing data for collection management assessment and decision making process. NISO developed the SUSHI protocol that allow publishers to standardize their usage statistics into a common format as well as the delivery of that information. This protocol is designed to simplify and automate the harvesting of COUNTER usage reports from various electronic resources providers. 
This is a guided, step-by-step session that follows the April 29 NISO Virtual Conference, Expanding the Assessment Toolbox: Blending the Old and New Assessment Practices. The presenter will teach you the practical implementation of harvesting your COUNTER reports using the SUSHI protocol. You will learn what it takes to ensure you will get the benefit of this system for your institution. 

The 90-minute training session will cover:

  • Quick overview of SUSHI and COUNTER
  • What do you need to harvest a report using SUSHI
  • What information do I need to harvest a report?
  • Where do I get the information?
  • What other steps might be needed to successfully harvest usage?
  • The results of the harvest is an XML file – now what?
  • Data analysis and interpretation.

About the Instructor

Oliver Pesch, Chief Product Strategist and Senior Vice President, EBSCO Information Services

Oliver Pesch works as chief product strategist for EBSCO Information Services where he helps set direction for EBSCO’s e-resource products and services, including EBSCO’s Usage Consolidation & Analytics products. Oliver is a strong supporter of standards and is very involved in the development of standards related to usage. He is currently co-chair of the NISO SUSHI Standing Committee; he is member of the Executive Committee for Project COUNTER where he also serves as chair of the Technical Advisory Group; and, is a regular contributor to Serials Librarian through his Spotlight on Serials Standards column.


Any organization that registers for the associated Virtual Conference, including the two subscription packages -- Buy 4, Get 2; NISO LSA and Voting Member offer Buy 3, Get 3 -- will receive a Login Information email invitation to join the associated Training event which will be sent on the Monday prior to the training session.

The Login Information email will be sent to the registered attendee listed in our online registration system.

If you would like to attend the event without registering for the associated Virtual Conference, you may do so using the following links:

Registration Fees:

  • NISO & NASIG Members: $50
  • NISO Non-Members & International: $50
  • Students: $25

If paying by credit card, register online.

If paying by check, please use this PDF form.

Additional Information 

  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the training session via e-mail the Monday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions before the start of the webinar.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.
  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact Educational Programs Manager Juliana Wood to provide alternate contact information.
  • Presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived training webinar recording 24- 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's or member's organization.