You're collecting data about library collections, programs, and patron visits to report to your board and the state, but how can you use these data to evaluate and reflect on library operations internally? So much of the data libraries collect, or could collect, can help us to serve our communities and live our visions more effectively. This webinar will explore the general data landscape in a library, from an audit of current data practices and thoughts on opportunities to collect new useful data, to strategies for looking at data sets in new ways and methods for sharing what you learn through data analysis. Libraries at all stages of thinking about data are welcome.
1. What type of data are you currently collecting, and why?
2. Thinking about data you don't currently have
3. Looking at your existing data with fresh eyes (and spy glasses)
4. What to do with what you learn
5. Planning for your library's data future
Participants will be able to:
-understand the value of assessing their current data collection practices
-identify data currently being collected that is not needed, and identify data that is needed that is not currently collected
-analyze existing data sets with a more critical lens
-develop intentional practices around sharing data and analysis of that data
Devan Parkison is Data Analysis Coordinator at Skokie Public Library, where she has assessed the library's data practices and spearheaded data analysis projects across the library.
Amy Koester is Learning Experiences Manager at Skokie Public Library, where she oversees the department that coordinates all public programs and learning spaces in the library.
This webinar was held on April 24, 2019 and is approximately sixty minutes long.