January 27, 2022

Slides From COUNTER Annual Meeting 2020 Now Available & First Module of Release 5 Manual For Librarians Released

The COUNTER Annual General Meeting 2020 was held on May 28, 2020.

The slide deck from the meeting is now available. 

An agenda is also available.

At the meeting, Irene Barbers, Jo Lambert and Heather Lower and Heather Loehr were appointed to the Board of Directors.

and in other COUNTER news…

COUNTER recently released the first module of the Release 5 Manual For Librarians.

From an Introductory Blog Post:

In response to our annual survey of COUNTER members, one librarian said, “please stop talking in that technical way”. Another librarian said, “the online tutorials are good, but my preference is to read information”. With these comments in mind we set about creating a manual for librarians. A written guide with clear and non-technical language.

We found an excellent author to help us, John Hendry whose specialty is presenting complex matter in clear and simple terms. Our wonderful experts from the COUNTER Executive Committee reviewed the drafts to ensure that although written in a non-technical way, the manual is technically accurate.

The manual takes time to prepare, and therefore we are publishing it in a modular way. We will be making each module available to you as soon as it is ready. We have the first module ready now for you to download and use.

This module is all about books. You will see:

  • the key metrics that show activity for each book.
  • most importantly, how to calculate usage per book — regardless of how the platform presents its books.
  • the three main COUNTER reports relevant to books.
  • how to track trends by comparing the correct figures between Release 4 and Release 5 reports.

Direct to Full Text of Release 5 Manual For Librarians
24 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.