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Rem library data 04222014

  1. 1. Surveying the State of Library Statistics and Metrics - Internationally @ Defining New Metrics for Library Success Bob Molyneux April 22, 2014
  2. 2. Outline ● Characteristics of libraries ● Characteristics of library data ● Uses we put to library data ● Tour of library data sites ● New measures/metrics ● Conclusion
  3. 3. Libraries have characteristics ● Type: public, academic, school, special... ● Skewed distributions ● Libraries have dynamic environments – Hence, variables are harder to measure – It takes about two or three years to get trustworthy numbers – It is easier to measure static things
  4. 4. Library data have characteristics - 1 ● Method of publication/presentation – print to digitized (PDF) to spreadsheets or csv ● Provenance: governments or associations ● Availability: free or pay ● National-level or local ● Universe or samples ● Annual/regular or one-time?
  5. 5. Data Characteristics 2 ALWAYS ● Dubious archiving ● Foggy overlapping terms: inputs, outputs, outcomes, assessment ● Definitional problems/comparability? ● Unaudited numbers
  6. 6. Uses of Library data ● Beat funding agencies over the head – A constant: rank tables, peer comparisons ● As an index to libraries like mine ● Rarely: research – What works? – Search for cause and/or prediction
  7. 7. Pause for a sec… In the Librarians’ house, there are many mansions  We are not enemies
  8. 8. ● Let's go on a tour
  9. 9. ● There have been improvements...too slowly...in aspects of the library data world to address the challenges we face. ● BUT, we have never used what data we have ● Many stories …. ● We do not have a critical mass of people skilled with data work and have failed to recruit these kinds of people. ● Now we are looking for new numbers – Which will, of course, be perfect
  10. 10. Fork 1: Meanwhile…. The people who run whatever we call the libraries of the future will be numerate. In fact, they already are… And us in the LIS community?
  11. 11. Fork 2: and I quote:  “The existence of a body of data, especially one that is fairly comprehensive and longitudinal, can distract people from real research.”
  12. 12. Danger Will Robinson!
  13. 13. What is the meaning of the Garden of Eden?
  14. 14. What is the Meaning of that Contretemps in the Garden of Eden? Good data!
  15. 15. Then?
  16. 16. Then? Bad data!
  17. 17. Bob Molyneux drdata@molyneux.com

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