Session Title

OBLIque: A New Slant on Library Statistics

Description

This session introduces OBLIque, a Windows-based software tool that helps analyze a wide variety of data common to most libraries. It can quickly transform a spreadsheet into a data file which can then be used to create charts, graphs and tabular displays. OBLIque can analyze acquisitions, cataloging or circulation data, or just about any other kind of data that can be provided in tabular form. But of particular interest is its ability to analyze usage statistics by discipline. The librarian defines disciplines by creating ranges of Library of Congress or Dewey call numbers that encompass particular subject areas. The resulting reports can inform academic departments about the level and patterns of usage in relevant areas. They can also demonstrate how usage varies by age of the collection, academic level of the student, or many other factors. Such reports would give library administrators and liaisons interesting information to share with their campuses concerning how the library was being used.

Start Date

15-3-2017 10:30 AM

End Date

15-3-2017 11:30 AM

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OBLIque: A New Slant on Library Statistics

This session introduces OBLIque, a Windows-based software tool that helps analyze a wide variety of data common to most libraries. It can quickly transform a spreadsheet into a data file which can then be used to create charts, graphs and tabular displays. OBLIque can analyze acquisitions, cataloging or circulation data, or just about any other kind of data that can be provided in tabular form. But of particular interest is its ability to analyze usage statistics by discipline. The librarian defines disciplines by creating ranges of Library of Congress or Dewey call numbers that encompass particular subject areas. The resulting reports can inform academic departments about the level and patterns of usage in relevant areas. They can also demonstrate how usage varies by age of the collection, academic level of the student, or many other factors. Such reports would give library administrators and liaisons interesting information to share with their campuses concerning how the library was being used.