Understanding and Using Library Data

Course Description
Course Type: 
Status: 

Effective collection, interpretation and display of library data informs library decision-making and service design. This course serves as a primer for basic analytic concepts and methods and a refresher on tried-and-true statistics. Students will discuss the relative merits and limitations of concepts covered. The course will provide instruction on several free tools for collecting, analyzing and visualizing data. Students will draft a data analysis project to use in their own library.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand basic principles of data, statistics, and information and how they relate.
  • Consider and evaluate different methods of library data collection, data analysis, and data visualization.
  • Draft a small data project for your library integrating collection, analysis and visualization elements.
Target Audience: 
This course is designed for librarians and library staff who are involved with assessment, decision-making, and other areas that involve data analysis and interpretation.
Prerequisites: 

None

Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements: 
  • Students will participate in class discussion and complete individual assignments.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
Session Duration: 
This course consists of two 2-hour sessions.
Instructor: 
Elaine Lasda - learning@amigos.org
Continuing Education Credit
Contact Hours: 
4
Fees
Amigos Member Early Bird Fee: 
$140.00
Amigos Member Fee: 
$165.00
Non-member Early Bird Fee: 
$175.00
Non-member Fee: 
$200.00
Scheduled Dates

January 30 & February 1, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST (Register Now) -- Early Bird Deadline: January 8