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Library Analytics Toolkit

  1. 1. Library Analytics Toolkit Carli Spina Harvard Law School Library
  2. 2. Harvard Library Lab “To create better services for students 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 @CarliSpina cspina@law.harvard.edu https://github.com/harvard-lil

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