Part Two of This Two Part Webinar, Actionable Data Analysis
We have the data and the report. Looking beyond the simple statistical report (how many individuals attended a program or searched a database), what might be best practices in using that data in support of long-term planning and decision making? What types of trends do libraries believe they might be seeing? Wrestling with library data should yield significant insights about the institution's needs. Libraries and those who serve them will benefit from understanding how data is being wrangled, mixed, and interpreted.
The first portion of this two part webinar, Analytics Behind The Scenes, will be held on September 12, 2018.
Confirmed Speakers: Emily Guhde, Director of Library Assessment, Georgetown University Library; Rachel Lewellen, Head of Assessment and Program Management, Harvard Library; Dr. Frankie Wilson, Head of Assessment, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Finding the Exit Ramp on the Assessment Loop
A library’s approach to long-term planning and decision making should be informed by data about programs, services, and usage patterns, but even with all of the data at your fingertips, it can still be a challenge to translate trends into next steps. This presentation will discuss strategies for overcoming analysis paralysis, including suggestions for identifying data sets that deserve a second look, deciding whether deeper analysis is needed (or not), and pairing quantitative with qualitative analyses to make meaningful recommendations that support the library's big picture.
Integrating Library Services: A Case Study for Using Data in Decision Making and Planning
The goal of integrating the Harvard Extension School’s Grossman Library into Harvard College Library was to improve access to information for students and instructors in the Extension School and to expand the Harvard College Library’s expertise in working with students and faculty employing online tools in teaching and learning. This presentation will discuss how the analysis of multiple data sources helped us recommend the closing of a library space and the expansion of access and services for over 6,000 users. It will also address where data was lacking and how visualizations helped us to understand the potential impact.
Getting started: Confidence, skills and accepting good enough is good enough.
You have been convinced that analytics can help extract meaning from library data, and been inspired to use data for long-term planning and decision-making. But despite your best intentions, you are nervous about getting it wrong, and don’t know where to begin. This presentation will reassure you that you don’t have to be an ‘assessment guru’ to deliver value from the Library’s data. It will cover the skills you need, what success looks like, and how you can effectively communicate the results.
Cancellations made by September 12, 2018 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
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