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Counting Opinions (COCounting Opinions) is pleased to announce a new service for State Libraries…


…provisional data management services

The new MetricsAssist service is designed for State Libraries who encounter unexpected/unplanned personnel shortages (e.g., illness, leave, retirement, etc.). Despite a sudden lack of available resources, the fulfillment of regulatory data obligations, policy and planning priorities, and State Library commitments to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLSInstitute of Museum and Library Services) do not disappear.

While State Library administration seeks a permanent solution to their particular circumstance, COCounting Opinions’s new “MetricsAssist” service provides stop-gap assistance to help ensure that there are no delays in State Data capture and filings. Our experienced team can be deployed as needed to support the State with managing any and all aspects of the data capture process, including…

  1. updating surveys
  2. providing training/orientation and on-call support for all reporting libraries
  3. meeting regulatory filing deadlines and commitments
  4. generating print and on-line reports, as required.

And, when a staff person is eventually assigned/re-assigned to the State Data Coordinator (SDC) position, “MetricsAssist” can provide any support, training, orientation and mentoring, as required, during the transition.

Oh, and by the way, “MetricsAssist” supports whatever data service system employed by the State Library (e.g., Counting Opinions LibPASLibrary Performance Assessment Service, BiblioStat, etc.).

Under the direction of Ira Bray, recently retired California State Data Coordinator, COCounting Opinions’s “MetricsAssist” service is designed to manage your State’s short-term data management staffing requirements – either remotely or from a designated location.

Ira has over a decade of experience with the collection and reporting of public library statistics. While at the California State Library he managed the yearly cycle of survey design, survey deployment, collection, inspection and review of over hundred data elements submitted by one hundred eighty one library jurisdictions having more than one thousand outlets. He was elected by fellow State Data Coordinators to serve on the Library Statistics Working Group to advise the IMLSInstitute of Museum and Library Services on public and state library statistics issues. Ira served in this capacity from 2006 to 2010.

For additional information, please contact:
Ira Bray or
Jason LeDuc