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Register now for Library Data Days at University Park July 10

Library Data Days is a full day of hands-on and informational sessions around the use of data in our daily decision making and in research. This Library Assessment and Metrics Council event is scheduled for Monday, July 10 at University Park. Library Administration is funding the event and travel for anyone interested in attending from outside of University Park.

See the tentative schedule below for information on sessions.

Join us for part of, or the full day and learn from colleagues about different approaches to working with data, the data we collect, how it’s used, and how it informs our decisions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register here: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ukV6sdczVQ5gQ5

The tentative schedule is as follows:
8:30-9:00 a.m.
Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library
Light refreshments

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
Quantitative & Qualitative Methods and Theories
Heather Froehlich, Alessia Zanin-Yost, Nancy Adams

10:00-10:10 a.m.
Break
Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library

10:10-noon
Pattee Library, 211A
Qualtrics: Best Practices & Survey Design Workshop
Nancy Adams, Steve Borrelli

10:10-noon
Pattee Library, 211A
Gentle Introduction to the R Statistical Package
Rob Olendorf

Noon-1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
External Reporting: The Data We Collect and Report Out On
Lana Munip, Steve Borrelli

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Location TBD
How to Create a Representative Sample for Research
Victoria Raish, Nathan Piekielek

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
Open Data, A Primer for Librarians and an Introduction to Library Data Services
Rob Olendorf

3:00-3:15 p.m
Break
Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library

3:15-4:15 p.m.
Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
Using Data in Decision Making
Nan Butkovich, Valerie Lynn, Heather Benner, Joe Fennewald

– submitted by Steve Borrelli, Assessment

LAMC projects aim to strengthen culture of assessment

by Steve Borrelli, Library Assessment

For this Focus on Assessment, I want to highlight the work of the Library Assessment and Metrics Council (LAMC). In 2016, the council expanded to 20 members, with four membership slots reserved for colleagues outside of University Park. Presently, the LAMC includes staff and faculty from seven campuses. Together, we’re working on four projects aimed at developing data and assessment skills and perspectives, and at developing an infrastructure to support the assessment needs of the University Libraries.

  • On Friday, April 21, we’ll be hosting researchers from the University of Minnesota, Jan Fransen and Krista Soria. They’re part of a research team that has been successful in connecting library data (checkouts, reference, database use, etc.) to student retention. They’ve also shown how first-year first-time students’ GPA is impacted by library use (check outs, using databases, reference, etc.). They’ll be visiting University Park to discuss their work and to discuss considerations for conducting our own similar analyses. They’ll also be delivering a talk about developing a research agenda. The presentations are open to all and will be available on Mediasite Live. The full schedule for the day is available here.
  • The Assessment Archive will be a place where faculty and staff can submit completed assessment projects, both large- and small-scale, so that others can find and make use of these assessment results. We see this as also having the secondary benefit of providing a central location for those looking for ideas for their assessments. Each project will have a searchable project page describing the project, the submitted materials and results. We anticipate launching this project by the end of July. More information about the Assessment Archive will come soon.
  • Library Data Days is envisioned to be a full-day event providing professional development around the central theme of “using data.” The project is currently in an exploratory stage to gauge interest and develop a loose budget. An interest survey was recently sent out and is available here for anyone interested who may have missed it. The event is tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 10, in University Park.
  • The Library Data Inventory project is aimed at learning what data is collected broadly around the libraries to support decision making. The first phase of the project is looking at the data collected through Desk Tracker. The idea here is to get an understanding of what data is collected consistently across the libraries, then to talk with those using the data in their decision making in order to make recommendations or suggest best practices for recording. The LAMC group working on this has met with representatives from the Desk Tracker Team, and will be touching base as we move forward on the project.

If you have questions about any of these projects, talk with anyone on the LAMC, or contact me directly at sborrelli@psu.edu.