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Super Stats!!
SCIL Works 2012 Back to Basics: The Ubiquitous One Shot (2012)
  • Michelle Jacobs-Lustig, Pepperdine University
Abstract
Pepperdine University has revamped its library instruction program and changed the way statistics are gathered. In fall 2011 we implemented two new products, from Springshare, LibCal and LibAnalytics. LibAnalytics is an assessment tool that allows us to track our instruction program, including number of courses taught, students reached, as well as the amount of prep time for these sessions. This has given us an opportunity to demonstrate the impact that our instruction program has on both the student body and staff time. The ease of use of the product allows us to quickly (a manner of seconds) extract the data requested by peers and administrators. We are also using it to gather data on our reference and research support transactions. There are a variety of ways to gather this kind of data (Excel, Google Docs, home grown and corporate products); however the ease of use, flexibility and visual components built into LibAnalytics makes it a perfect product at an affordable price. The theme of this program is "back to basics" and gathering tangible data allows us to literally see our basics and our bottom line. LibAnalytics allows the librarians to account for their time in the classroom, as well as prep time and follow up on a class by class level. This easy to use tool offers maximum flexibility in designing a user friendly web based form for gathering data. The data is easy to export and the built in charts and graphics allow for easy dissemination of information. The graphics are wonderful for reports, presentations and encouragement for a job well done. This tool has changed the way our administrators view our instruction program and has allowed them to see the amount of staff resources required to increase our current program. It also provides us with useful demographic data to incorporate into our evolving instruction and reference program.
Keywords
  • statistics,
  • data gathering,
  • analysis
Publication Date
Spring February 3, 2012
Citation Information
Michelle Jacobs-Lustig. "Super Stats!!" SCIL Works 2012 Back to Basics: The Ubiquitous One Shot (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mjl/11/