Session Title

Build a Better Survey: Develop Surveys that Really Tell You Something About Your Users

Description

Librarians love surveys. We survey our patrons, our co-workers, and even large groups of librarians. Web-based survey tools like SurveyMonkey, Google Forms, and Qualtrics make it possible for librarians to quickly and easily distribute a questionnaire about almost anything. However, developing a survey that yields useful, actionable data is difficult. In this workshop, presenters will facilitate interactive activities that help you to develop a survey you can use in your library tomorrow. Through group discussions, we will help you clarify the goals of a user survey, evaluate the merits of various question types, and select a method of survey distribution appropriate to your goals and user population. Using quick peer feedback, you will develop and test meaningful survey questions. Drawing on current research and the facilitators' own experience deploying large-scale user surveys, this session can help a librarian from any setting develop surveys that help you gather useful data about your patrons and their experiences and needs.

Start Date

16-3-2017 2:15 PM

End Date

16-3-2017 3:45 PM

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Build a Better Survey: Develop Surveys that Really Tell You Something About Your Users

Librarians love surveys. We survey our patrons, our co-workers, and even large groups of librarians. Web-based survey tools like SurveyMonkey, Google Forms, and Qualtrics make it possible for librarians to quickly and easily distribute a questionnaire about almost anything. However, developing a survey that yields useful, actionable data is difficult. In this workshop, presenters will facilitate interactive activities that help you to develop a survey you can use in your library tomorrow. Through group discussions, we will help you clarify the goals of a user survey, evaluate the merits of various question types, and select a method of survey distribution appropriate to your goals and user population. Using quick peer feedback, you will develop and test meaningful survey questions. Drawing on current research and the facilitators' own experience deploying large-scale user surveys, this session can help a librarian from any setting develop surveys that help you gather useful data about your patrons and their experiences and needs.