Summary of the Measures that Matter Implementation Group Meeting November 28-29 2018

Summary of the Measures that Matter Implementation Group Meeting…

Albany, New York

The Measures that Matter Implementation Group (IG) held its first in-person meeting November 28-29, 2018 in Albany, New York. Its charge and roster are below. All members participated (10 in-person and 5 via webinar). The Working Group is co-chaired by Ken Wiggin (COSLA/Connecticut State Library) and Sharon Comstock (Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (IN). The Measures that Matter Action Plan is available at Final.pdf.

The primary objective of the meeting was to address charge item #1. This was achieved through a combination of small and full group work. Results are being compiled and will be shared in December. In the context of this work, charge item #3 was also addressed. The IG determined that Working Groups (WGs) will be formed to pursue Action Plan steps 2.3 (“Establish Workgroup on Community Impact”), 4.1 (Establish Baseline Considerations for Capacity Building” and 4.2 (“Develop Use Cases”). The process by which this will occur will be determined in December and Working Groups will begin their work in January 2019.

With reference to charge item #3, the IG heard from representatives from Capagemini and Rent the Runway about uses of data and data governance in their settings. The IG will continue to hear from a variety of organizations on these and other data topics to learn from the experience and expertise of others, particularly those from fields other than librarianship.

Finally, the IG also began preliminary planning to address charge item #4, which will become its focus in January 2019.

For more information, contact or COSLA Executive Director Timothy Cherubini at or 859 514 9826.

Measures that Matter Implementation Group Roster

Audrey Betcher, Rochester Public Library (MN) Daphna Blatt, New York Public Library
Todd Carpenter, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
Timothy Cherubini, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)
Larra Clark, Public Library Association/American Library Association Sharon Comstock, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (IN)
Teri DeVoe, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Rebekah Garrety, York County Libraries (PA)
Katherine Lovan, Idaho Library Association/Middleton Public Library (ID)
Stacey Malek, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Michael Norton, Reinvestment Fund
Jennifer Pearson, Association for Rural and Small Libraries/Marshall County Memorial Library (TN)
Alisha Powell Gillis, Urban Libraries Council
Kathy Rosa, American Library Association
Mary Stein, East Baton Rouge Parish Library (LA)
Ken Wiggin, COSLA/Connecticut State Library

Charge: Envisioned as a short-term group, convening through April 2019, the Implementation Group (IG) is charged with several activities including but not necessarily limited to the following:

  1. prioritizing the actions described in the plan, defining successful outcomes, suggesting time horizons, identifying prospective owners for implementation and resources (financial and other) needed to achieve the goals.
  2. engaging data driven organizations from outside the library field to learn from their experience and expertise; exploring ways to realize collective impact efforts using data in and from libraries with community-based organizations.
  3. identifying a limited number of pilot projects (2 – 4) from the Action Plan to be carried out by Working Groups (WGs). Each WG will have an IG sponsor and consist of additional members (6– 10) not on the IG but recruited from a range of stakeholders appropriate to the specific WG’s goals and needs.
  4. Identifying the composition, scope and charge of an on-going national Public Library Data Council which will serve as a permanent successor to the IG.