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Click It, No More Tick It: Using “Gimlet” Desk
Statistics to Improve Services at the Charles W.
Chesnutt Library
VelappanV...
Click It, No More Tick It:
Using “Gimlet” Desk
Statistics to Improve
Services at the Charles W.
Chesnutt Library
VELAPPAN ...
Introduction
Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of
the University of North Carolina and the secon...
Gimlet
What is Gimlet?
Gimlet is a product of Sidecar Publications, LLC, from Madison, Wisconsin.
Gimlet is a very usefu...
Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
Our Library’s “Gimlet” Homepage
VelappanVelappan,ALAAnnualConference2016,June25,2016,Orlando,FL
Simple Steps to follow when you use Gimlet
• Duration
• Question Type
• Asked By
• Format
• Location
Step 1: Choose
Approp...
Gimlet Report – August 2014 to May 2016 (5 Semesters)
25,697 Questions Answered for 22 months (1168/month)
Velappan Velapp...
Original Report from Gimlet
Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
After Exported the Table to CSV
Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
Special Features of Gimlet
Track Questions
• Choose your category values - Customize your form to record what's
important...
Special Features of Gimlet (cont’d)
Build Reports
• Charts and graphs - Watch trends and patterns for all your categories...
Best Practices
 Too many hands in the pot
 Accuracy and Time Management
 Standardizing and Consistency
 Logging in and...
Conclusion
 Daily recording of circulation statistics allows for
systematic monitoring of user questions and patterns.
 ...
Conclusion (cont’d)
 Content analysis
a.Directional: led to signage improvements
b.Technology: Fixes, Training, State of ...
Next Up
Create a new LibGuide for Gimlet to improve staff and
work-study students’ training
 Additional Staff Training
...
ThankYou ForYour Time!
Contact:
Velappan Velappan M.S., M.L.I.S.,
Head of Access Services
Charles W. Chesnutt Library
Faye...
ALA Annual Conference Photos (Next Six
Slides)
Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
Orange County Convention Center Room # 308
Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
Brochure for the session
Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
Audience at the session (More than 150)
Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
Conference Photos – At the time of
Presentation
Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
All the Six Presenters
Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
All the Six Presenters with Moderator Paul
Sharpe
Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
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Click It, No More Tick It: Using “Gimlet” Desk Statistics to Improve Services at the Charles W. Chesnutt library

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The Access Services Department in the Charles W. Chesnutt Library at Fayetteville State University first piloted in September 2014 and then implemented in January 2015, a low cost, web-based tool called “Gimlet” to record statistics on all encounters at its Public Services units.
The system replaced an outmoded and inaccurate pen-and-paper statistics system. After using Gimlet at the Access Services Department, all the other Public Services divisions including, Reference, Media Center, Periodicals, Archives and Special Collections, and Government Documents are able to contribute to the improvement of overall library services. Gimlet is an easy statistics tracker and knowledge based tool that allows libraries to staff their desks wisely. In 22 months, we created and standardized about 100 Tags and answered over 25,000 questions. This presentation details the special features of Gimlet, Tagging the questions, Tracking Questions and Answers, Building and Exporting Reports, Improving Services at the library based on the questions and answers, Pros and Cons of Gimlet and finally Best Practices of Gimlet.

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Click It, No More Tick It: Using “Gimlet” Desk Statistics to Improve Services at the Charles W. Chesnutt library

  1. 1. Click It, No More Tick It: Using “Gimlet” Desk Statistics to Improve Services at the Charles W. Chesnutt Library VelappanVelappan, M.S., M.L.I.S., Head of Access Services Fayetteville State University
  2. 2. Click It, No More Tick It: Using “Gimlet” Desk Statistics to Improve Services at the Charles W. Chesnutt Library VELAPPAN VELAPPAN HEAD OF ACCESS SERVICES FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016, JUNE 25, 2016, ORLANDO, FL
  3. 3. Introduction Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. Founded in 1867 as the Howard School for the education of African-Americans. Today FSU serves a growing student body of over 6,100 and ranks among the nation’s most diverse campus communities. Charles W. Chesnutt Library’s Circulation & Reference Desk is open for 97.5 hours, on a regular week. Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  4. 4. Gimlet What is Gimlet? Gimlet is a product of Sidecar Publications, LLC, from Madison, Wisconsin. Gimlet is a very useful software to record the libraries’ desk statistics including questions and answers by creating new tags and put to their best use. Website: http://gimlet.us/ URL for FSU Library: https://charles-w-chesnutt-library.gimlet.us/users/login COST: $20.00 per month for the first library branch  $10.00 per month for each additional branch Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  5. 5. Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  6. 6. Our Library’s “Gimlet” Homepage VelappanVelappan,ALAAnnualConference2016,June25,2016,Orlando,FL
  7. 7. Simple Steps to follow when you use Gimlet • Duration • Question Type • Asked By • Format • Location Step 1: Choose Appropriate Stats Categories • Enter Question (Optional) • Enter Answer (Optional) Step 2: Enter Question & Answer • Choose appropriate Tag(s) from the list • Create a new Tag if you couldn’t find from the list Step 3: Choose Correct Tag(s) Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  8. 8. Gimlet Report – August 2014 to May 2016 (5 Semesters) 25,697 Questions Answered for 22 months (1168/month) Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  9. 9. Original Report from Gimlet Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  10. 10. After Exported the Table to CSV Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  11. 11. Special Features of Gimlet Track Questions • Choose your category values - Customize your form to record what's important for you. • Record full-text of Q&As - The full-text is stored for search and retrieval. • Tag questions for quick answers - Tagging helps discover trends and patterns. Search Answers • Full-text search with relevancy - Their intuitive search helps discover answers fast. • Find Q&As by text or tags - Search the entire question and answer text. Filters to find tagged Q&As. • Starred Q&As rise to the top - Starring helps you boost the best answers to the top of your result list every time. Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  12. 12. Special Features of Gimlet (cont’d) Build Reports • Charts and graphs - Watch trends and patterns for all your categories. • Dynamic table reports - Build a table of any two data points. Sort, highlight and filter the results. • Export data to spreadsheets - Tagging helps discover trends and patterns. Tags • Standardizing Your Tags - Social tagging does not work! • computer vs. Computers, catalog vs. name of catalog, bathroom vs. Restroom • Source-based approach better than strategy-based approach! • known item vs. catalog_use_and_lookup, search_construction vs. database_help_and_use Data Dump • In 22 months ,created more than 125 Tags and answered 25,697 questions Crunch all you want… Excel: sort and filter by fixed fields Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  13. 13. Best Practices  Too many hands in the pot  Accuracy and Time Management  Standardizing and Consistency  Logging in and actually using the app  Training Tool (for new employees)  Reporting – a challenge Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  14. 14. Conclusion  Daily recording of circulation statistics allows for systematic monitoring of user questions and patterns.  To assess and improve, you need data. Recording statistics electronically makes data analysis much easier, although it still takes work to get the data into shape. Experimentation with analysis tools can lead to proactive, user-driven changes in services.  Improvements: Building a New FAQ Knowledge Base Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  15. 15. Conclusion (cont’d)  Content analysis a.Directional: led to signage improvements b.Technology: Fixes, Training, State of Technology in the Library report for campus IT Experiment with tool for analysis by using Excel  You can’t escape subjectivity…but you can help to manage it.  Why? a.To better fulfill our mission b.Potential cost savings, better use of staff time Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  16. 16. Next Up Create a new LibGuide for Gimlet to improve staff and work-study students’ training  Additional Staff Training  READ Scale “Quick Guide” Sample questions to practice entering Gimlet Quiz  Coding the data more effectively By using codebook/SPSS Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  17. 17. ThankYou ForYour Time! Contact: Velappan Velappan M.S., M.L.I.S., Head of Access Services Charles W. Chesnutt Library Fayetteville State University Email: vvelappa@uncfsu.edu Phone: 910-672-1236 Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  18. 18. ALA Annual Conference Photos (Next Six Slides) Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  19. 19. Orange County Convention Center Room # 308 Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  20. 20. Brochure for the session Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  21. 21. Audience at the session (More than 150) Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  22. 22. Conference Photos – At the time of Presentation Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  23. 23. All the Six Presenters Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL
  24. 24. All the Six Presenters with Moderator Paul Sharpe Velappan Velappan, ALA Annual Conference 2016, June 25, 2016, Orlando, FL

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