Proposed Session Title

Prove it! Me Report Pretty One Day.

Description

Many luminaries argue that the library’s value is intangible, but that answer is unacceptable in today’s climate. The economy is tough. Budgets are tight. Meanwhile, all kinds of invested parties want you to prove that you are worth their money. And they want that proof in easily digestible numbers and graphs. Bottom line: organizations that show their value get funded.

This is a scary prospect for many librarians. Much like information research, data visualization is a complex process with a lot of interconnected steps. Luckily, librarians are already naturally attuned to data competencies such as analytical thinking, organizing and evidence-building. We can launch from these familiar skills past simply hoarding numbers to driving and influencing stakeholder decisions. We can visualize patterns, identify gaps, and communicate evidence in a persuasive way.

Presenters will cover the principles, tools and new technologies that can simplify data visualization. The presenters will offer real-life scenarios for each segment and an interactive spreadsheet that will include practice take-home examples. We’ll match steps for successful data communication with the Information Literacy cycle, focusing on technologies for managing data like: Macros, Data exploration websites, Survey Tools, Rubric Technologies, Infographics builders, PPT alternatives and tips for working with tech vendors. There will also be a large emphasis on visual principles that bolster arguments.

The presenters are not data experts nor statisticians, but librarians with vested and personal interest in improving librarians’ data visualization skills. Sam works in Interlibrary Loan and Erika works as an Instruction librarian at Capella University.


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Start Date

15-3-2012 10:30 AM

End Date

15-3-2012 11:30 AM

Target Audience

Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Technical Services

Technical Expertise

intermediate

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Prove it! Me Report Pretty One Day.

Many luminaries argue that the library’s value is intangible, but that answer is unacceptable in today’s climate. The economy is tough. Budgets are tight. Meanwhile, all kinds of invested parties want you to prove that you are worth their money. And they want that proof in easily digestible numbers and graphs. Bottom line: organizations that show their value get funded.

This is a scary prospect for many librarians. Much like information research, data visualization is a complex process with a lot of interconnected steps. Luckily, librarians are already naturally attuned to data competencies such as analytical thinking, organizing and evidence-building. We can launch from these familiar skills past simply hoarding numbers to driving and influencing stakeholder decisions. We can visualize patterns, identify gaps, and communicate evidence in a persuasive way.

Presenters will cover the principles, tools and new technologies that can simplify data visualization. The presenters will offer real-life scenarios for each segment and an interactive spreadsheet that will include practice take-home examples. We’ll match steps for successful data communication with the Information Literacy cycle, focusing on technologies for managing data like: Macros, Data exploration websites, Survey Tools, Rubric Technologies, Infographics builders, PPT alternatives and tips for working with tech vendors. There will also be a large emphasis on visual principles that bolster arguments.

The presenters are not data experts nor statisticians, but librarians with vested and personal interest in improving librarians’ data visualization skills. Sam works in Interlibrary Loan and Erika works as an Instruction librarian at Capella University.


Use the "Download" button to the right to access files for this session.