Library Analytics Toolkit


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Library Analytics Toolkit

  1. 1. Library Analytics Toolkit<br />Kim Dulin and Carli Spina<br />
  2. 2. Why This Project?<br />Libraries are increasingly focusing on statistics, but use a wide variety of tools and techniques making it difficult to formulate meaningful comparisons.<br />Current technology makes it possible to visualize this data in better, more consistent ways.<br />By creating an open source software tool, libraries will be able to continue to build on this work as their needs change.<br />
  3. 3. Goals of the Project<br />Create an interactive analytics dashboard that will:<br />Accommodate statistics as they are currently collected at Harvard;<br />Provide detailed and real-time information about library usage events; and<br />Be open-source and freely available to any library.<br />This will facilitate information sharing and identification of trends and will provide a dynamic view of data.<br />
  4. 4. Research Activities<br />Met with staff from libraries, special collections and archives around Harvard.<br />Reviewed the literature regarding metrics and data collection at libraries.<br />Reviewed current dashboard projects underway at other institutions.<br />
  5. 5. Recommendations<br />Our dashboard should:<br />Start with high-level statistics with add-on module options;<br />Include clear definitions and guidelines for each metric;<br />Draw from current collection methods to minimize data entry requirements;<br />Be extensible;<br />Incorporate both qualitative and quantitative data; and<br />Build on already existing dashboards.<br />
  6. 6. Projects at Other Institutions<br />NCSU’s Data View Project:<br />Indianapolis Museum of Art Dashboard:<br />Watson Library Dashboardat the Metropolitan Museum of Art:<br />Brown University Dashboard:<br />
  7. 7. Wireframes<br />To inform the development of the dashboard, we have created the following initial wireframes to capture the intended functionality as well as the look and feel.<br />
  8. 8. Overview Page<br />
  9. 9. Reference Statistics Tab<br />
  10. 10. Patron Type Prior Statistics<br />
  11. 11. Next Steps<br />Move forward with development of the dashboard.<br />Introduce use of the toolkit atthe Harvard University libraries.<br />Offer the software to other libraries to encourage further use and expansion of the toolkit.<br />
  12. 12. Interested in More Information?<br />Find us online:<br />Or contact us:<br />Kim<br />Carli<br />