Measures that Matter: A View into the Current Public Library Data Landscape
Part one in a three-part webinar series about Measures that Matter, a project from IMLS and COSLA, surveying the current state of public library data, assessing current strengths and weaknesses and formulating a plan for future action.
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Data gathering and responding to surveys are part of every public librarian's routine. Yet we rarely pause to reflect on these efforts and consider what data matters most. What measures best demonstrate the role, value, and impact of public libraries in the 21st century? How can the various surveys and tools commonly used by public libraries be leveraged with each other and other data sources to best demonstrate that impact? The Institute of Museum and Library Services in cooperation with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies is launching the "Measures that Matter" initiative, a field-wide discussion of the current state of public library data. The initiative will first take stock of the current landscape and then re-envision how data could be collected, stored, used and disseminated more productively in the future. In this webinar, the first in a 3-part series, we’ll discuss the view that emerged from looking at a number of major library surveys and data collection tools, and consider opportunities to pursue a national action plan to move the field toward ever-more meaningful measures.
Presented by: Stacey Aldrich, State Librarian, Hawaii State Public Library System; Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries, Multnomah County Library (OR); and Linda Hofschire, Director, Library Research Service, Colorado State Library.
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- More information on Measures that Matter
- Press Release, 10/7/16
- IMLS, COSLA Launch “Measures That Matter” Library Journal, 11/2/16
- MtM National Logic Model (pdf)
- Register now for Measures that Matter Part Two: Detailing the Data-based Story of Public Libraries, on June 13
- Upcoming ALA Annual Presentation
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- Landscape of Major US Public Library Data Collection Efforts
- Recording of September 20 Data Summit
- Current national data collection efforts:
23 May 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]
Webinar presenter Stacey Aldrich
Webinar presenter Vailey Oehlke
Webinar presenter Linda Hofschire
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