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Thursday, November 3 • 3:35pm - 4:15pm
Effective Methods for Library Assessment

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Assessment is crucial to ensure libraries meet the needs of their patrons and to show ROI on the libraries' collection investments. But what measurements are librarians taking to answer these questions and how are they collecting data? How is the data being presented and to whom? A panel of Assessment Librarians discusses the methods they use and share practical ideas for librarians tasked with measuring usage, cost-per-download, LibGuide views, web behavior, and other stats in their libraries. Learn from your colleagues about new initiatives like custom in-house databases for tracking Journals usage or a study of two years'-worth of reference transactions looking at time of day, the questions asked, and the level of questions asked based on the READ scale. Attendees will come away with actionable ideas on using statistics to show the value of the library.

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Tracy Gilmore

Collections Assessment Librarian, Virginia Tech
Tracy Gilmore is the Collections Assessment Librarian at Virginia Tech University Libraries. She coordinates assessment activities and strategies for developing the library’s digital collections. Her current research interests include discovery service usability, usage, and acc... Read More →
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Rachel Kirk

Professor, Assessment Librarian, James E. Walker Library
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Elisabeth Leonard

Senior Field Editor, SAGE Publications

Angie Thorpe

Digital User Experience Librarian, Indiana University Kokomo

Thursday November 3, 2016 3:35pm - 4:15pm EDT
Carolina Ballroom B, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403