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2012 SSP 34th Annual Meeting “Social, Mobile, Agile, Global: Are You Ready?”

Concurrent 3E: COUNTER 4: Data that Really Counts!


Wayne Manos, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

The new release of the COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources was published in March, with a deadline for implementation of 31 December 2013. It has been developed with input from vendors, librarians and publishers. For the first time, this COUNTER standard will provide a single, integrated code of practice covering journals, databases and books, as well as multimedia content. This session will address the following questions: How can we compare usage data from different vendors / publishers to better understand user behavior and improve library collection decisions? Will the new requirement for journal reporting that parses usage of gold” Open Access content impact subscriptions? How might COUNTERs planned new Usage Factor metric help assess the value of online content? Join Peter Shepherd, Project Director of COUNTER together with a librarian, a publisher, and a subscription agent/content vendor for this lively and informative discussion of all things COUNTER.


Peter Shepherd, Project COUNTER
Over a 30-year career, Peter Shepherd has become intimately acquainted with most aspects of STM journal, book and database publishing, having worked as a publisher with Wiley, Pergamon, Elsevier and Harcourt. Since 2002 Dr Shepherd has been Director of COUNTER, the not-for-profit international organization whose mission is to improve the quality and reliability of online usage statistics. Peter Shepherd received a PhD in chemistry in 1978 from St Andrews University and joined the publishing industry in 1980, following a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Oliver Pesch, EBSCO Industries
Oliver Pesch has served as chief strategist for EBSCO’s e-resource access and management services since 2004. In this capacity he helps set direction for EBSCO’s products such as EBSCO A-to-Z®, LinkSource®, ERM Essentials®, Usage Consolidation and more. Pesch devotes a considerable energy to the creation and promotion of library standards. Currently, he serves as co-chair of NISO’s SUSHI Standing Committee and the Executive Committee for Project COUNTER as well being a member of several standards committees. Pesch joined EBSCO in 1986.
Tom Richardson,
Tom Richardson is the Director of Institutional Sales & Service for the New England Journal of Medicine. In this role, Tom is responsible for institutional sales and library relations around the world. He has been at the Journal for over 20 years in a variety of sales, marketing, business management, product management, and product development roles. Tom led the development of the NEJM Weekly CME Program and co-led the development of the Journal’s site license program. Tom is a longtime member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), and is currently a member of the SSP Organizational Collaboration Committee. In this role, Tom represents the SSP as part of the Chicago Collaborative (http://www.chicago-collaborative.org/) Tom is a frequent speaker at library and publishing industry events. In addition, Tom is a member of the international library rock band, The Bearded Pigs (http://beardedpigs.net), and is an actor performing in Boston-area community theater productions.
Kathy Perry, The Virtual Library of Virginia
Kathy Perry is the Director of VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, the consortium of Virginia’s 73 public and private, nonprofit academic libraries. Kathy earned her earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and her Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of California at Los Angeles. She has worked with VIVA from its inception on July 1, 1994, and is currently responsible for managing the $13.6 million annual budget and all contracts as well as coordinating the services and projects of the committees.