Why J. Simon Consulting?

Data and Information are not the same thing.

  • There are plenty who can manipulate your data to provide solutions that work, however more important than this is what the data means. In other words, your data needs to be translated into information that people in the real world actually need, want, and use.

Structure is important.

  • If your information is not well-organized, you may have a hard time adapting to change.

    Good solid information structures lead to flexibility and scalability. Data kept in a solid structure can make it possible to create agile applications which translate directly into the needs and wants of your business, library, non-profit organization, or educational institution.

Why can't I just keep my data in spreadsheets?

Spreadsheets are very helpful and easy to use for quick manipulation and presentation of data. However they have a number of problems:

Spreadsheets are unstable.

  • One bad sort, or an accidental deletion can destroy your data. You can create backups, but very quickly you can end up with too many spreadsheets, with different data, and it can be very difficult to tell which one was the original.

Spreadsheets do not work well with multiple users.

  • Sharing data with a spreadsheet can become problematic. You can send around copies via email, but if one person makes an edit, it would need to be shared again, and it is very easy to have conflicting versions. The data can be collated into one original sheet, but this is an imperfect solution, as it is a) time consuming, and b) prone to mistakes.

    Public or cloud-based spreadsheets solve one of those problems (sharing) but it is again difficult to maintain a reliable and authoritative version.

Spreadsheets do not work well with complex data.

  • You can easily end up duplicating content, which can easily cause inconsistency in your information.

Databases are:

  • More robust - they maintain a solid structure and are resistant to errors.
  • Shareable - You can have multiple users at a time.
  • Flexible - Information can be converted into a virtually unlimited number of formats and applications can be quickly created.
  • Scalable - changes to information and data structures can be handled without causing risks to original data.

They can:

  • handle complex data.
  • export data into spreadsheet formats for quick manipulation and presentation.

More reasons for working with J. Simon Consulting

  • Real-world solutions to real-world problems.
  • A fraction of the cost of many larger companies.
  • A degree in library and information science adds to understanding not only the technical details in solving the problems, but also provides an expertise in understanding how to structure your information.
  • Security and Privacy of your information are considered as important as functionality
  • You purchase the skills and the package; no recurring fees in most situations.
Think beyond the application. Think solution.

Who I am

Jason Simon, MLS

I have many years of experience working within higher education, libraries, non-profit organizations, and both small and large businesses. This experience has contributed to an expertise in database design, usability, information literacy, and web development. I specialize in simplifying complicated content in a way that is intuitive for both administrators and end-users.

I hold that the best design effectively conveys information. While a strong back-end infrastructure maintains the integrity of the data, it also ensures that this information can be clearly represented in a clean and understandable fashion.

Professional Leadership
  • Technology & Serials Librarian, Fitchburg State University, 2011-Present
  • Business Systems Analyst, MassMutual Retirement Services, 2001-2008
  • Owner, J. Simon & Associates, Internet Consulting/Web Development/Marketing, 1997-2001
  • Writer/Content Provider/Web Manager, About.com, 1998-2000
  • Manager and Sound Engineer, Soundstream Rehearsal Studios,1998-2000
  • Instructor, University of Massachusetts Sociology Department, Continuing Education 1996-1998
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts Sociology Department 1994-1998
  • Chair, Technology Advisory Committee, Fitchburg State University, 2013-2014
  • Member, Technology Strategic Planning Commitee, Fitchburg State University, 2014-Present
  • Member, Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee, Fitchburg State University, 2011-2013
  • Curriculum Committee Member, All University Committee, Fitchburg State University, 2012-2014
  • Member, American Library Association (ALA) 2011-current
  • Member, American Library Association, Library Information Technology Association (LITA), OCLC Kilgour Award Committee, 2014 - 2015
  • Member, American Library Association, Library Information Technology Association, Education Committee, 2014-2016
  • Member, American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Science and Technology Section (STS) Vendor & Publisher Relation Discussion Group, 2014-2016
  • Simon, Jason C. "Building your own ERMS." ALA Annual Conference. Las Vegas, NV. June 2014. LITA Lightning Talks.
  • Simon, Jason C. "Getting Them There: A Small-Scale Usability Test of a University Library Website." CUNY Library Assessment Conference, "Reinventing Libraries: Reinventing Assessment." Baruch College, New York, NY. 6 June 2014. Solo Session.
  • Simon, Jason C. "E-Book Purchasing Best Practices for Academic Libraries." Journal Of Electronic Resources Librarianship. Vol. 26, No. 1, May 2014.

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