Library Improvement through Data Analytics

Library Improvement through Data Analytics

by Lesley S. J. Farmer, Alan M. Safer

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Overview

"Show me your data!"

More than ever, funding agencies are looking for cost effectiveness. Sound data analytics is the foundation for making an evidence-based case for library programs, in addition to guiding myriad organizational decisions, from optimizing operations for efficiency to responding to community needs for customer satisfaction. Designed to be useful for novices as well as those with a background in data, this book introduces the basics of the Six Sigma framework as a model that can be applied to a variety of library settings. Helping readers make sense of data, this guide for system based, data-driven management covers such key topics as

  • the basics of statistical concepts;
  • recommended data sources for various library functions and processes, and guidance for using census, university, or chamber of commerce data in analysis;
  • techniques for cleaning data;
  • matching data to appropriate data analysis methods;
  • how to make descriptive statistics more powerful by spotlighting relationships;
  • 14 case studies which address such areas as digitization, e-book collection development, and reference; and
  • staffing, facilities, and instruction.

This book's clear, concise coverage will enable readers of every experience level to gain a better understanding of statistics in order to facilitate library improvement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780838914250
Publisher: American Library Association
Publication date: 05/26/2016
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lesley S. J. Farmer, professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), coordinates the Teacher Librarian Program and manages the CSU ICT Literary Project. She earned her MS in library science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in adult education from Temple University. Farmer has worked as a librarian in K–12 school settings as well as in public, special, and academic libraries. She chaired the Special Libraries Association's Education Divisions and IFLA’ School Library Section, and had leadership roles in several other library associations. Farmer is a Fulbright scholar and has received national and international grans. She has also been honored with several professional association awards, including the ALA Haycock Leadership Award. Farmer’s research interests include media literacies and data analytics. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, Farmer has published three dozen professional books and more than two hundred professional book chapters and articles.

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