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NISO Issues Report on Statistics Forum
Bethesda, Md., USA – (April 10, 2001) NISO, the National Information
Standards Organization, has released the final report on its invitational
Forum on Performance Measures and Statistics for Libraries. The Forum was
held in February 2001 to gather information from the library and vendor
communities in preparation for a review of the current Library Statistics
standard (ANSI/NISO standard Z39.7).
The sixty participants representing a broad spectrum of libraries,
associations, publishers, vendors, integrated library systems companies, and
researchers focused on issues related to measurement of library services and
electronic resources and the definition of performance measures that
compliment traditional metrics. Four general themes emerged from the
programs and discussions:
· There is a critical need for systemic data collection.
· There is a pressing need for guidelines for collecting qualitative and
· Different methodologies are evolving to measure network performance,
service quality, impact, and economic value.
· As a starting point, NISO is well positioned to develop a “data
dictionary” of terms in frequent use by the different constituencies.
This report, freely available on the NISO web site
(http://www.niso.org/stats-rpt.html), includes summaries of presentations
with links to the slides, a summary of the discussions and recommendations,
and an extensive webography on statistics and metrics. NISO encourages all
members of the information services community to read and comment on this
important work in support of the revision of this critical standard.
NISO is the only U.S. group accredited by the American National Standards
Institute to develop and promote technical standards for use in information
delivery services providing voluntary standards for libraries, publishers
and related information technology organizations. All NISO standards are
developed by consensus under the guidance of experts and practitioners in
the field to meet the needs of both the information user and the producer.
For information about NISO’s current standardization interests and
membership possibilities, please visit the NISO website at
For additional information contact NISO Headquarters at (301) 654-2512.
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