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Thursday, March 18 • 9:00am - 10:30am
By the Numbers: Gathering AND Using Statistics

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This presentation will address the gathering and use of statistics from three distinct points of view. The first part will describe the impetus behind and development of an online statistical database. Employees of the UNM University Libraries created this system to automate and replace the pencil tic process of reference statistics gathering necessary for annual ARL reporting. In addition to describing the process, the tool itself will be demonstrated. (Further, it is available, free, to other institutions through Creative Commons licensing.) The second portion will be a report from the VR trenches, describing how the Bunting Library has adapted and implemented this new technology. Although only six months of data will be available, it is hoped that trends will be evident which describe how the data can validate that one VR facility is doing to meet the ongoing digital transition. In addition, the possibility of using the data for administrative requirements addressing outcomes assessment and performance based budgeting will be considered. Finally, demonstrating another facet of the numbers "game", ARTstor staff will explore the unique needs and challenges of reporting and effectively evaluating the usage of multimedia resources. They will discuss usage data, and how analysis of these data are used to improve ARTstor collections and services, and how ARTstor is working with the community to develop new approaches for reporting media asset statistics.

Thursday March 18, 2010 9:00am - 10:30am

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