Go Figure: Statistical Jousting in the Technical Services Arena

December 2, 2005

Statistics!  Tips on how to use them to your advantage.  Topics include the right data for reports (internal and external), electronic statistics (relating to acquisions, collection development, databases, OPAC & cataloging), and the ethics of statistics use.

Those #*@? Statistics: Using Reports to Keep the Right Data to Guide Resource Deployment / Jeff Trimble

In the Arena: Sparring Over Measuring & Evaluating Electronic Resources / Kathy Schnell

Using Statistics Creatively & Ethically / Corey Seeman


Jeff Trimble is in his eighteenth year as a librarian. He began his career as a Catalog Librarian in Kentucky, and is now the Systems Librarian/Interim Head, Collection Services at Youngstown State University William F. Maag Library. Jeff will discuss how the same system generated reports differ due to use, externally and internally. Also, what types of reports are created for the internal library community and then reports created for the external library community.

Kathy Schnell has been the website creator and developer at Cuyahoga County Public Library for 5 years. A degreed librarian, she has served on the Ohio Library Council Information technology Division for 4 years and participated in the Libraries Futures Task Force where she headed the subcommittee on Measuring and Evaluating Electronic Resources. Kathy’s topics include measure Acquisition Fill Rates, using OPAC stats analysis to improve collection development, studying & evaluating vendor Database stats, and analyzing OPAC Search stats (successes & failures) to improve patron usability.

Corey Seeman is the Systems Librarian and Assistant Dean for Resource and System Management at the University of Toledo. He is currently the Vice-Chair/Chair Elect of the Innovative Users Group. He says about his presentation… “Our library systems are capable of generating incredible amounts of statistics about our collections and what our patrons are using. We will discuss the use of statistics (in general terms) and the way that these can be presented to analyze and interpret the work of the library. The examples chosen will be from the Innovative Interface, Inc. Millennium system, but will be able to be applied to other systems.

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