Who is administering the eMeasures Snapshot survey?

The eMeasures Snapshot survey is being administered by the EveryLibrary Institute in collaboration with Counting Opinions.

What’s the benefit of completing the IMLS survey and this eMeasures Snapshot survey?

The eMeasures Snapshot survey is designed to provide libraries with concrete eMeasures and COVID19 data while contributing to a national comparative database. The eMeasures question set is more substantive than the PLS questions in that it asks for measurement of activity versus simple yes/no response whether an activity occurred or not and has the flexibility of being a Count Week, so you decide when best to participate to enable the most complete/accurate response you are capable of providing.  

Is this survey mandatory?

No, the eMeasures Snapshot survey is not mandatory. All participation is voluntary. 

Are the "As a Result of COVID-19" questions specific to the count week?

No, for the "As a Result of COVID-19" section, please answer the questions as they relate to the overall response from the library due to COVID-19, not just that specific week. 

Are all questions required?

No, all questions are optional. Only answer the question that you can. 

What is a “count week” survey? 

A count week survey uses an average week of data that is later extrapolated. This means that you only need one week (7 consecutive days) of data. When providing your data to the survey please provide the total for one week. 

What if I only have access to monthly data? 

The survey is positioned as a count week to make it quick and easy to report. If it is easier for your organization to report on monthly data, feel free to do so. Set the Snapshot Start and End time to accurately reflect your collection/reporting period and ensure this period is consistent for all reported questions.  

When should we run this survey?

This survey can be completed at any time between June 17 and August 31, 2020. If you are using a count week, please select a week at your library that best reflects your typical reality. A week is any consecutive 7-day period. If you are using a month’s data, set the Snapshot Start and End time to accurately reflect your collection/reporting period and ensure this period is consistent for all reported questions.  

What questions do you ask?

Review the question set.

When will the data become available

The survey will close on August 31, 2020. At that point, we will be vetting the data on your library’s behalf. We anticipate that data and the initial findings will be available in October 2020. This date is not final. 

What reports are available?

All participating libraries will receive an infographic of their data as well as a summary report immediately following the submission of their survey. Participants will also receive an article, once available. Additional reports will be available by email following the closure of the survey. 


Additional comparative reports are available by subscription to the eMeasures Snapshot. For more information, please email pldata@countingopinions.com


Please note: Existing Counting Opinions subscribers have complimentary access to comparative reporting through their CO login. 

How do I access my data?

Your data will be immediately available after completing the survey through a summary report delivered by email.