Introducing Suma: an open-source tablet application for library assessment. Assessment Forum, ALA 2011

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Powerpoint given at the 2011 American Library Association ACRL Assessment Forum meeting in New Orleans, La., by Joyce Chapman of North Carolina State University Libraries.

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  • 1. Introducing Suma:An open source, staff-facing tablet application for library assessment
    Joyce Chapman
    North Carolina State University Libraries
    ALA, Assessment Forum
    June 24, 2011
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  • 2. Problem statement
    We are always trying track more data about how patrons are using our spaces and services in order to better understand our users and in turn, to better serve their needs.
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  • 3. Why do we care?
    With data about use/activity patterns in different library spaces we can
    Improve staffing models
    Make informed purchasing decisions
    Optimize space for patron needs (quiet study, collaborative areas)
    Take an evidence-based approach to planning future services and spaces
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  • 4. Where it gets tricky
    Many libraries perform manual counts of patron activities (headcounts, group study, laptop use) for assessment purposes
    The process involves tedious collection mechanisms, lots of paperwork, and much room for error
    There is no coordinated effort to help departments analyze their data
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  • 5. Our solution
    An open source tablet and web-based application to aid library staff in gathering, storing, exporting, analyzing, and visualizing data about patron activities across spaces/activities/time and around events
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  • 6. Example use case
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  • 7. Add image of the current practice
  • 8. Problems of current practice
    Inconsistent data
    Decentralized data storage
    Uncontrolled vocabularies
    No dedicated staff to help with data analysis
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    High barriers to analysis and data reuse in the current system
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  • 9. SumaA pocket data analyst for every librarian
  • 10. Tablet-based data collection tool
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  • 11. What is the system?
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  • 12. Count via “thumb thump”
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  • 13. Data collection tool demo
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  • 19. Browser-based data dashboard
    “Chart wizard” will lead staff through a series of choices to produce charts comparing different aspects of data
    Charts can be exported for print or web
    Data in charts can be downloaded as delimited/Excel files
  • 20. What kinds of data analysis?
    Compare an activity across multiple spaces
    Compare multiple activities in one space
    Analyze trends over…
    Fiscal years
    Academic semesters
    Weeks of the semester
    Days of the week
    Hours of the day
    Analyze aggregate ratios
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  • 35. Timeline
    Private beta testing release
    Summer 2011. We are looking for enthusiastic and involved testers, who want to try out the data collection client and provide detailed feedback.
    Open beta testing release
    Late fall 2011
    Incremental updates
    Through 2012, adding visualization capabilities, events, etc.
  • 36. Suma project team
    Jason Casden (project lead)
    Joyce Chapman
    Eric McEachern
    Rusty Earl
    Rob Rucker
    Hill Taylor
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  • 37. Thanks!
    Contact
    Joyce Chapman – joyce_chapman@ncsu.edu
    More info
    http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/dli/projects/spaceassesstool
    https://github.com/cazzerson/Suma
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