This online class lasted two hours, required a $120 registration, and
also required a plugin to be downloaded and installed. Those aren't
necessarily bad things; I'm just noting them. Sarah Struble also
The title is apt, as the content was quite basic,
but did provided some good tips. Instead of listing all that was
presented, I am going to focus my notes on areas where I learned
something new, or learned about something that might apply to the
Assessment Committee's survey project.
Possible question: How
do the faculty like to receive notification of things as basic as
new collections, new services... etc.?
Possible question to address issue of whether students can tell the
difference between the web and library
More of the presenter's bookmarks at delicious.
Anyone wishing to know more about the
topic can contact me, as I have a pdf of the slides and can also access
a recording of the session.
During the last Assessment Group meeting on 9/18, the Group had a discussion on the need to catalog e-books. One of the measures ARL uses to rank Libraries is the number of e-books available through a Library's Catalog. We can no longer can count e-books unless they are included in the Library's Catalog. This is a change that will affect Library rankings. Since the ARL Statistics are key to our Library's assessment, the Assessment Group is considering making a recommendation to the Library Director about this issue.
I recently took a look at the data farm at Upenn, and it seemed pretty basic. We once looked at what I might call my "farm attempt" in one of our meetings. It was like that data farm in that it is an attempt to provide staff a central place to go for actual stats. Holly had a slightly different interpretation on her newly created "library/data" directory, in that she also very much wanted to provide help or tutorials on how staff might use the stats. But I wanted to avoid that, because I knew if I tried to do that it could really drain on my time, and I don't have a lot of time for this. She also knew where to get stats that I did not know about.
I suggest we still need a central place for actual stat collection (even if it's only just a link (for instance, to Google Analytics), and that we need to decide if it will be open or closed to the public (or one of each). I further suggest that we do not focus, at least initially, on providing help or tutorials for whatever might be available there.