NISO Forum on Performance Measures and Statistics for Libraries

Embassy Suites Hotel at the Chevy Chase Pavilion
Tenleytown Rooms

Washington, DC

February 15-16, 2001

Sponsored by:

National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

Funded by:

Mellon Foundation, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science,
the Association of Research Libraries, and NISO

 

Thursday, February 15, 2001 – MORNING

 

8:30am

Registration, Coffee & Continental Breakfast

 

9:00-10:00

Welcome, Introductions, Overview
Setting the context and ground rules for the Forum
Background on NISO and the NISO standard.
Why the Forum?

Patricia Wand
Octavia Seawell
Pat Harris

10:00-10:15

BREAK

 

10:15-11:15

Panel 1: "Measuring the Information Age: Issues for Libraries"

Panelists representing five different perspectives on library service will present their views on the changing role of the library and respond to the question: How can you measure today what you will need to report tomorrow? Panelists have been asked to propose a single, most provocative or outrageous issue, idea or challenge.

Panelists:

Peter R. Young, Moderator

11:15-11:30

BREAK

 

11:30-1:00pm

Facilitated lunch discussion at assigned tables.

Meeting in small groups you are asked to discuss these questions:

  • What information do you need to:
    Make decisions
    Advocate locally
    Advocate nationally for services provided
  • What are the 3 top issues or services that you are trying to measure? Have you found ways to do that?
  • How do we measure?

Using Concept Matrix #1 as a discussion guide, each group will prepare a "headline" to summarize key conclusions. Members of the Forum Planning Committee will be group discussion facilitators.

Octavia Seawell

     
 

Thursday, February 15, 2001 – AFTERNOON

 

1:00-1:15

BREAK

 

1:15-2:30

Groups reports on lunch-table discussions

Octavia Seawell

2:30-2:45

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2:45

Affinity Groups formed

Working in affinity groups encourages focused discussion among participants representing similar libraries or organizations (e.g., school libraries or publishers).

 

3:00-4:30

Panel 2: Current Research Projects
(Presentations)

Areas of Interest / Panelist

  • Cost Benefit Measures / Glen Holt, St. Louis Public Library
  • Service Measures / Fred Heath, Texas A&M Library
  • Network Performance Measures / John Carlo Bertot, Florida State University
  • Outcomes / Keith Lance, Library Research Service, Colorado Dept. of Education

Panelists will report on their current research activities, followed by a 30 -minute Question & Answer period. The Forum Webography gives further information on ongoing research activities.

Denise Davis, Moderator

4:30-4:45

BREAK

 

4:45-5:15

Affinity Group Discussions

Using Concept Matrix #2, each group is asked to discuss how the topics and information presented in Panel 2 apply in their sectors or library communities. Discussion will focus on these questions:

  • In the context of the changing role of libraries:
    What data do you collect?
    What data do you need?
    Can you get the data you need when you need it?
  • How would we use: standards, best practices, and guidelines?

Members of the Planning Committee and panelists will sit-in on the group discussions.

Octavia Seawell

5:15-5:45

Reports from the Affinity Group discussions

Octavia Seawell

5:45-6:00

Wrap-up for day one of discussions

Octavia Seawell

6:00-7:00

Relax before dinner and enjoy the Manager's Reception in Café Cino

 

7:00

Dinner: Maggiano's Restaurant, 5333 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Directions to the restaurant: Exit the mall on the street level, Wisconsin Avenue side; turn left and walk half-a-block.
Our event will be upstairs in the Abruzzi & Leone Room.

 
     
 

Friday, February 16, 2001 – MORNING

 

8:00

Coffee and Continental Breakfast

 

8:30 — 8:45

Recap of Thursday

Octavia Seawell

8:45 — 9:15

Affinity Groups continue their discussions, considering the question:

"What is in this for us?"

 

9:15 — 10:15

Plenary discussion

"What is in this for us?"

Outcomes of Thursday afternoon discussions

Octavia Seawell

10:15-10:30

BREAK

 

10:30 — 11:15

Small groups re-form to "create" a vision for NISO's role in "Measuring the Information Age."

 

11:15 - 12N

Each group will report on the single-most important vision of "How can NISO move forward to meet these needs?"

Octavia Seawell

12N - 12:30

Wrap-up

Octavia Seawell
Pat Harris