On April 30th, the Measures that Matter initiative (MtM) reached another important milestone. That day marked the last meeting in the phase of work during which an Implementation Group “kicked the tires” on the Measures that Matter Action Plan. Released in 2018, the Action Plan was a document derived from work completed in the initial MtM phase in 2017 that included development of the MtM concept, educational webinars, and a Data Summit on developing a more coordinated approach to the collection of public library data nationally.
The Action Plan resulting from that work was vetted by the library community and others outside the library community but was untested. The Implementation Group was formed as a time-limited group charged with continuing work on selected Action Plan elements. Among activities undertaken was a prioritization of the Action Plan’s steps and identification of pilot projects to be taken on by Working Groups comprised of interested individuals extending beyond the Implementation Group. While the purpose of the Working Groups was focused on advancing specific action steps, or parts of them, they also tested the notion that progress could be made through a distributed work environment. Between the Implementation Group and the Working Groups, nearly 50 individuals – librarians and non-librarians – engaged around the Action Plan.
This week we’ll begin sharing the results of this engagement. As one example, the project team will be releasing a research report on Action Plan Step 2.1 (“Review [of] State Added Data Elements”). We’ll also hear from members of the Implementation Group and others on plans underway to address Action Plan Step 3.2 (“Build Data Governance Capacity”) through the establishment of a Public Library Data Alliance. Not all the work of the Implementation Group yielded immediate results. Some of the work-in-progress will be handed off to the Alliance when it is formed later this year, underlining the need and desire for sustaining the MtM initiative well into the future.
An overview of selected work from the Implementation Group will be presented by some of its members at the American Library Association Annual Conference on Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30 am as part of the “News You Can Use” series. The slide deck from that session will be made available on the Measures that Matter site and listserv, and we’ll be scheduling a repeat of that session in the form of a webinar in July (date tba).
We’ll continue to update the Measures that Matter website, tweet, and share information through the Measures that Matter listserv and hope that we will also hear from you about your interests in Measures that Matter work. To join the listserv, complete the request form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MtMEmailList. Follow MtM on Twitter @libmeasuresmtr, and for more information, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Measures that Matter is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services RE-00-16-0181-16.