Library Analytics Toolkit

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Presentation on the Harvard Library Analytics Toolkit given on October 5, 2012 at the 2012 LITA National Forum in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • Library Analytics Toolkit

    1. 1. Library Analytics ToolkitCarli SpinaHarvard Law School Library
    2. 2. Harvard Library Lab “To create better services forstudents and faculty and to join with others in fashioning the information society of the future.”
    3. 3. The Idea
    4. 4. Analytics for Librarians & Patrons Alike• Expand to encompass additional dimensions of data• Highlight trends and expose patterns• Make the data engaging enough to interest patrons• Open source and usable for other libraries
    5. 5. Step 1: Research• Literature review• Interviews with librarians and archivists• Review of existing projects Full report online at: http://goo.gl/snZdc
    6. 6. Brown University
    7. 7. Indianapolis Museum of Art
    8. 8. NCSU
    9. 9. Stage 2: Prototype• Determined a focus for the prototype• Engaged design & data visualization team• Facilitated conversations between library staff and the design team
    10. 10. Needs more work...• Key information isn’t immediately obvious• Not visually engaging• Difficult to see high-level information to identify patterns & trends
    11. 11. Step 3: Alpha• New color scheme and navigation method• Displays key data in a way that highlights trends over time• More focused presentation
    12. 12. Demonstration
    13. 13. Next Steps• E-Resource usage data• Add depth to Library of Congress subject headings• Expenditure information by subject• Library usage metrics from other departments
    14. 14. Discussion• What data is your library collecting now?• What data would you like to collect?• What features would you find most useful in an analytics dashboard?
    15. 15. Questions?Carli Spina@CarliSpinacspina@law.harvard.eduhttps://github.com/harvard-lil

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