Demonstrating the value of our libraries requires the continuous collection and analysis of library data. But how do we capture data with limited time and resources? What models can we use to structure our collection cycles? What resources are available to facilitate the efficient and timely collection of data? This session addresses these questions by exploring the various assessment methods and tools currently in use at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library. In this presentation, attendees will learn about how they can enhance their data collection programs by:
1) Conducting resource and data audits;
2) Identifying key library personnel and stakeholders;
3) Developing and implementing data collection cycles;
4) Selecting affordable and user-friendly tools for data capture and analysis;
5) Fostering a culture of assessment.
By sharing our assessment practices, attendees will hear about how they can systematically gather data by integrating assessment activities into their daily practice. Participants will also learn about how our practical assessment strategies can be used to address some of the challenges often encountered when gathering data, such as collection fatigue and staff buy-in. In using examples from our Library, attendees will come away with new ideas about how they can use new and existing resources to strategically collect data for advocacy.
The presentation format is ideal for this session because it allows participants from academic, public, special, and school libraries to share their ideas and experiences with assessment. To that end, and in order to encourage participation, attendees will be asked to use the strategies discussed during our presentation to identify key personnel and resources at their home institutions. Reasons for their selection, as well as anticipated challenges, will also be included as part of the discussion.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Identify and select affordable tools for data capture and analysis;
2) Conduct resource and data audits at their home institutions;
3) Devise and implement strategies for dealing with the challenges often encountered when collecting data for advocacy.