These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature 5 PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have approximately 10 minutes at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all 5 sessions. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.
1) Get Help Stat: Practical Tools for Assessment
Shiva Darbandi, Credo Reference
Assessment serves as a powerful tool for evaluating programs, measuring learning outcomes, understanding user needs, and much more. Today’s librarians can use sites, such as SurveyMonkey and Zoomerang, to create questionnaires in a matter of minutes. These online tools can also make the task of data collection as simple as downloading and saving results. While online surveys have certainly made our lives easier, these tools still have a ways to go before assisting us with the often overwhelming task of data analysis.
This shotgun session will explore assessment tools beyond SurveyMonkey. Learn about free and Open Source programs that will quickly and easily help with the analysis of your raw data. From importing information into a user-friendly statistics tool to designing colorful infographics, this will be a quick and useful guide through the process of turning raw data into a format that’s more visually engaging for your stakeholders. Best practices, as well as several innovative examples, will be shared with attendees.
2) Open Access / Closed Coffers: Repositioning an Institutional Repository to Reflect Reality
Anna Craft, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
How can institutional repositories balance increasing workloads, shrinking budgets, and existing stakeholder expectations? What do realistic, forward-looking IR policies and procedures look like in the current environment? Will faculty members continue to submit materials if “the rules” change? Can all of these pieces be brought together to demonstrate value and show continued growth and success in an academic IR system? The University of North Carolina at Greensboro faced these issues in late 2011 when embarking on a restructuring of policies, procedures, and staffing for its locally-created institutional repository system, NC DOCKS (http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/). This presentation will discuss the needs that sparked the restructuring, the changes that were implemented, and the status of the project at this time. Lessons learned will be applicable across institutional repository platforms.
3) Using Data-Driven Collection Management to Optimize Collection Development in a Health Sciences Library
Karen Grigg, Duke Medical Center Library & Archives
Purpose: Describe the methods employed by an academic health sciences library to gather and utilize data from a variety of sources in order to drive purchasing decisions. Due to shrinking collections budgets and inflation, the library must approach spending with a more systematic, data-driven approach. Additionally, medical libraries must take into consideration currency and the need to balance both research and clinical needs.
Methodology: The Library mines data from a variety of sources. The Library’s ILS tracks circulation activity of new purchases. Data collected from patron assessment helped to identify user preferences for formats and subject areas. Usage statistics from vendors, combined with library-developed analytics, such as subject rank, cost-per-use, contract factors, strength of the collection in the subject area, and overall cost, provide information on selected titles purchased and the amount spent by discipline. The balanced scorecard method has been employed to provide baseline data and set goals for increased usage of both print and electronic resources.
Results: Due to greater analysis of available data, the library is able to spend more effectively and more responsively, and is. increasingly able to be more accountable to stakeholders and can better ration a limited budget so that titles purchased are ultimately those likely to be used.
Discussion/conclusion: The methods developed by this library for purchases of monographs, journals, and databases will be outlined. This paper will propose opportunities for future analysis. Librarians will compare usage of materials after data-driven approach has been applied to previous usage.
4) Appreciative Inquirer, Listener and Player's Coach: One Role, Three Keys to Success
Marcy Simons, University of Notre Dame
In the midst of strategic planning came the realization that a plan for reorganization that would align our personnel with the Libraries' and the University's strategic goals was called for. At the outset there was the expectation that moving forward would include listening, appreciating the best of what was, discovering the best of what is, and dreaming about what could be, as well as the need for a transparent process. Attendees can expect to learn about Appreciative Inquiry, active listening skills, and the potential impact of a trusted Player's Coach.
5) The Functions of (Meta)Data: Lessons Learned with a Fedora Digital Repository
Jennifer Eustis, University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut Libraries began building a Fedora digital repository last year. Because of the differences between Fedora and relational databases, it was necessary to understand how Fedora works with objects and datastreams. The repository team realized that with Fedora, there existed several options on how to store data. This realization encouraged looking at metadata differently. For starters, we began to emphasize functions over types of metadata. Secondly, we saw the advantages of striping meta from the word metadata. This change allowed us to conceptualize a broader application of functional data within the repository. My presentation would like to explore our emphasis on the functions of data rather than types of metadata and how this is helping to create a better digital repository.