NISO program being sponsored by ACRL New England

ACRL New England’s Continuing Education Committee and ITIG have purchased access to the NISO Webinar on SUSHI.

Title:  SUSHI: Beyond Trial into Real Use
Date:  October 2, 2008
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)/Food served at NOON.
Cost: FREE!

Sandwiches and Sushi will be served at Noon.

Location: College of Holy Cross, Dinand Library, Faculty Room, on the second floor of the library

To Reserve a seat please RSVP to Bob Scheier, (rscheier@holycross.edu)

Location: College of Holy Cross, Dinand Library, Faculty Room, on the second floor of the library

Contact: Bob Scheier, (rscheier@holycross.edu)

Description
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After a very successful trial use period, The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol was officially published as a standard in 2007 (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2007). SUSHI defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data, using a Web services framework. It is intended to replace the time-consuming user-mediated collection of usage data reports. In August 2008, a Standing Committee was approved to assume maintenance responsibilities of this standard, including encouraging the further use and adoption of this extensible, lightweight standard.

Adam Chandler, co-chair of the original working group and now of the SUSHI Standing Committee , will introduce this webinar, bringing to the audience a technical perspective and sharing more about the relationship between SUSHI and COUNTER and possible next steps for this standard.

Hana Levay will then give a real-library perspective, sharing with the audience one example of how SUSHI was not only implemented at the University of Washington, but how it is being applied in a real way, including:

• Setting up SUSHI (in this case, using III)
• The kinds of reports being supplied via SUSHI
• Common issues
• Integrating usage statistics into collection development assessment tool via an ERM
• Cost per use
• Examples of how usage reports are being used in decision making

Intended Audience
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This webinar is for librarians, publishers, and content providers who are interested in implementing SUSHI and learning more about how .

Speakers
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Adam Chandler
Coordinator, Service Design Group, Cornell University Library, and
Co-Chair, SUSHI Maintenance Advisory Group

Adam will be discussing the underlying technical and political relationship between NISO, SUSHI, and COUNTER, past, present and future.

Hana Levay
Information Resources Librarian, Collection Management Services, University of Washington Libraries

Hana will share with attendees about the application of SUSHI in a real library — from implementation to the kind of reports SUSHI enables them to receive to how the protocol is creating opportunities for analysis (including how that plays into collection management decision making).

Background
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The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol was officially published as a standard in 2007 (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2007). SUSHI defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data utilizing a Web services framework. It is intended to replace the time-consuming user-mediated collection of usage data reports. The protocol was designed to be both generalized and extensible, meaning it could be used to retrieve a variety of usage reports. An extension designed specifically to work with COUNTER reports is provided with the standard, as these are expected to be the most frequently retrieved usage reports.

The SUSHI Standing Committee and its roster were officially approved by NISO’s Business Information Topic Committee in August 2008.

Maintenance of Z39.93-2007, The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol

The designated Standing Committee is responsible for:

* Responding to queries on the interpretation of this standard.
* Reviewing suggestions for the improvement of the standard.
* Maintaining a current list of inquiries and responses that may be used for potential future enhancements of this standard.
* Maintaining components of the SUSHI protocol, including WSDL, schema, and website.
* Ensuring that official SUSHI schemas and related documents are hosted on a high-availability site with persistent URLs suitable for referencing and use by implementations of SUSHI clients and servers.
* Initiating revisions to the standard as required in order to meet the needs of the SUSHI user community. Such revisions will be done in accordance with NISO’s procedures for developing and revising standards.
* Reaching out to and educating for stakeholders.

Full details can be found on the NISO website, http://www.niso.org/news/events/2008/webinars/sushi/

Directions and Location information for he College of Holy Cross
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Directions to the campus Hogan Center where attendees can park can be found at: http://www.holycross.edu/directions/hogan.html

Please park in the visitors lot to the right of the Hogan Center.

Directions from the parking lot to Dinand Library

The Dinand Library is located behind the Hogan Center. When you park, you can go into the Hogan center, look for the elevators, and go down to the basement level. Exit the elevator and the building. You will be looking at the rear of the library. Take the pathway to rear entrance.

When you enter the library you will see the circulation desk and a set of stairs just past the desk, elevators are to the left of the stairs.

Proceed to the second floor and go to the left down the hall. Take another left and go to the end of the hall. The faculty room is on the right side.

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