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Discussion Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

by Amy Greer on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 03:45 pm

Can we get to $10,000 by the end of April? Donate today and share with others to send an amazing group of librarians and archivists to Palestine! Learn more about our contingent and donate here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/librarians-and-archivists-to-palestine

Event Library Research Round Table Discussion Forum: Solving Tomorrow’s Problems through Analysis of Data

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

All libraries face challenges related to finances, technology, information production and other sources. Using quantitative and qualitative data to investigate the challenges and to search for solutions will become increasingly important if libraries are to respond effectively to demands being placed on them.

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Online Doc Register today for ALA-CORS seminar, Seeing is Believing (November 7th)

by Rudolph Rose (staff) on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 03:27 pm

Please feel free to disseminate this announcement about the November 7th webinar widely. Apologies for any duplication.

Seeing is Believing:  Understanding Data Visualization for Library Research

Please feel free to disseminate this announcement about the November 7th webinar widely. Apologies for any duplication.

Seeing is Believing:  Understanding Data Visualization for Library Research

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7
Time: 2PM Eastern time | 1PM Central time | Noon Mountain time | 11AM Pacific time
Duration: 1.5 hours
Register for access: Use this Adobe Connect link to register; if this email comes with the hyperlink disabled/ you have registration problems, please email nrose@ala.org before Tuesday Nov. 6 to register. Space is limited to 97 attendees.

This free webinar, sponsored by the ALA Committee on Research and Statistics, will provide an overview of best practices in the graphical presentation of quantitative information, emphasizing the need for clarity, fairness, accuracy, and visual efficiency. The purpose of data visualization is to display data impartially in order to uncover the 'stories' data have to tell. When presentations follow the graphical principles presented, then trustworthy and useful stories can emerge from our data.

"Seeing is Believing" was originally scheduled for ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

The webinar recommends avoiding marketing-oriented visualization designs that trivialize quantitative evidence while seeking to engage and entertain audiences. Attendees will learn how to select graphical formats to portray their data effectively. An introductory subset from the larger array of graphical best practices will be presented.

The workshop aims to provide attendees with a taste of this fascinating topic in order to inspire further study of works by visualization experts Edward Tufte, William Cleveland, Howard Wainer, Stephen Few, and Dona Wong.

Presenter: Ray Lyons is a statistical programmer, independent consultant, and trainer in library performance measurement. He is the co-creator of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. His articles on library assessment have appeared in Public Library Quarterly, Public Libraries, and Library & Information Science Research.  Ray has masters degrees in library and information science and in public administration, with a specialty in quantitative methods. He writes at http://libperformance.com.

Webinar home page: http://www.ala.org/offices/cors/seeing-believing-understanding-data-visualization-library-research-webinar

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Event Research on Library Use and Users

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

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What do we know about the people who need the services of libraries? Whether in-person or virtually, the services must be shaped by community members.

Speakers:
Stephanie Wiegand, Collection of Online Learning Objects for Research Success (COLORS) Pilot Project;
Michael Saar, Understanding Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Research Needs in Higher Education;
Kirsten Kinsley, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Students’ and Faculty Academic Work Behaviors and Needs User Study

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

What do we know about the people who need the services of libraries? Whether in-person or virtually, the services must be shaped by community members.

Speakers:
Stephanie Wiegand, Collection of Online Learning Objects for Research Success (COLORS) Pilot Project;
Michael Saar, Understanding Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Research Needs in Higher Education;
Kirsten Kinsley, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Students’ and Faculty Academic Work Behaviors and Needs User Study

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Event Creativity and Innovation

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

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US/Pacific (-7)

Novelty and innovation are needed to respond to today's challenges. Libraries and librarians are hungry for new and creative approaches to asking questions and finding answers.

Speakers:
Mega Subramaniam, School Librarians as Co-designers and Innovators in the Future of Cyberlearning;
Sarah Passonneau, Data to Describe Value: Using ARL Statistics, Electronic Data and User Studies to Tell the Library’s Story;
Brian W. Keith, Academic Libraries Recruitment Efficacy and Outcome Study

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

Novelty and innovation are needed to respond to today's challenges. Libraries and librarians are hungry for new and creative approaches to asking questions and finding answers.

Speakers:
Mega Subramaniam, School Librarians as Co-designers and Innovators in the Future of Cyberlearning;
Sarah Passonneau, Data to Describe Value: Using ARL Statistics, Electronic Data and User Studies to Tell the Library’s Story;
Brian W. Keith, Academic Libraries Recruitment Efficacy and Outcome Study

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Event Research into Practical Problem Solving in Libraries

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

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Structured research is an effective way to find solutions to persistent challenges in libraries. Join in this exploration of problem solving.

Speakers:
Miriam Matteson, Emotions at work: An examination of emotional labor in librarianship
Mithu Lucraft, Working Together: evolving value for academic libraries
Ma Lei Hsieh, Problem Solved: Maximizing the Power of Research Instruction Through Librarian-Faculty Collaboration

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

Structured research is an effective way to find solutions to persistent challenges in libraries. Join in this exploration of problem solving.

Speakers:
Miriam Matteson, Emotions at work: An examination of emotional labor in librarianship
Mithu Lucraft, Working Together: evolving value for academic libraries
Ma Lei Hsieh, Problem Solved: Maximizing the Power of Research Instruction Through Librarian-Faculty Collaboration

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Event Committee Meeting (LRRT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

Discussion Seeing is Believing: Understanding Data Visualization for Library Research (CORS)

by Rudolph Rose (staff) on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 09:05 am

Apologies for any duplication - please distribute widely around your networks. Encourage members to attend what should be an exciting and useful session for those who have to transform data into readable and accessible formats for the public, governments, grantmakers, and other interested parties.

Remember to save the session in the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler!

Effective Data Visualization Practices | CORS Workshop | Monday, June 25, 2012, Anaheim, CA

Apologies for any duplication - please distribute widely around your networks. Encourage members to attend what should be an exciting and useful session for those who have to transform data into readable and accessible formats for the public, governments, grantmakers, and other interested parties.

Remember to save the session in the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler!

Effective Data Visualization Practices | CORS Workshop | Monday, June 25, 2012, Anaheim, CA

Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203A

by Ray Lyons, MLIS, MPA

The workshop will provide an overview of best practices in the graphical presentation of quantitative information, emphasizing the need for clarity, fairness, and efficiency.

The purpose of data visualization is to display data impartially in order to uncover the ‘stories’ data have to tell.

Attendees will learn to adopt practices that enhance effective portrayal of these stories and to avoid those that interfere. 

Guidelines for choosing chart styles, labeling and captioning, determining axis scaling, use of color, improving readability, and highlighting key data patterns will be presented.

Examples of poor practices lurking in popular graphical software features will be included.


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Discussion LRRT offers four exciting sessions at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim

by Rudolph Rose (staff) on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Members:

Visit the Library Research Round Table's diverse set of sessions. As in previous years, the panels of speakers come to ALA Annual Conference to share their best skills, best practices, and projects for discussion among the library community as a whole. Show your support and add the following sessions to your ALA Annual Conference schedule in Anaheim (links to the conference scheduler page for each session is added below).

 

Members:

Visit the Library Research Round Table's diverse set of sessions. As in previous years, the panels of speakers come to ALA Annual Conference to share their best skills, best practices, and projects for discussion among the library community as a whole. Show your support and add the following sessions to your ALA Annual Conference schedule in Anaheim (links to the conference scheduler page for each session is added below).

 

Get involved! The Library Research Round Table’s open Steering Committee meeting is Monday, June 25, 1:30 PM-3:30, Hilton Anaheim, Santa Barbara Room.  The meeting is open to all.

Session details

Practical Problem Solving
Saturday, June 23, 1:30 PM-3:30, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 206B

Structured research is an effective way to find solutions to persistent challenges in libraries. Join in this exploration of problem solving.
Miriam Matteson, Emotions at work: An Examination of Emotional Labor in Librarianship
Mithu Lucraft, Working Together: Evolving Value for Academic Libraries
Ma Lei Hsieh, Problem Solved: Maximizing the Power of Research Instruction Through Librarian-Faculty Collaboration

Creativity and Innovation
Sunday, June 24, 8:00 AM-10:00, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203A

Novelty and innovation are needed to respond to today's challenges. Libraries and librarians are hungry for new and creative approaches to asking questions and finding answers.
Mega Subramaniam, School Librarians as Co-designers and Innovators in the Future of Cyberlearning;
Sarah Passonneau, Data to Describe Value: Using ARL Statistics, Electronic Data and User Studies to Tell the Library’s Story;
Brian W. Keith, Academic Libraries Recruitment Efficacy and Outcome Study

Research to Understand Users
Sunday, June 24, 10:30 AM-noon, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 208B

What do we know about the people who need the services of libraries? Whether in-person or virtually, the services must be shaped by community members.
Stephanie Wiegand, Collection of Online Learning Objects for Research Success (COLORS) Pilot Project
Michael Saar, Understanding Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Research Needs in Higher Education
Kirsten Kinsley, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Students’ and Faculty Academic Work Behaviors and Needs User Study

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Discussion 2012 Jesse H. Shera Award recipients announced by the Library Research Round Table

by Rudolph Rose (staff) on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the 2012 winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the 2012 winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research is given to the author(s) of a research article published in English during the calendar year and nominated by any member of LRRT or by editors of research journals in the field of library and information studies.

The 2012 recipients of the Published Research Award are Shana Pribesh, Karen Gavigan and Gail Dickinson for their article, "The Access Gap: Poverty and Characteristics of School Library Media Centers," published in The Library Quarterly 81(2): 143-160, April 2011.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research is given to provide recognition and monetary support for dissertation research employing exemplary research design and methods.  The 2012 recipient is Victor J. Sensenig for his dissertation "Public Libraries and Literacy in Ecological Perspective." 

LRRT was founded in 1968 to contribute toward the extension and improvement of library research by providing public program opportunities for describing and evaluating library research projects and for disseminating their findings. LRRT is dedicated to informing and educating ALA members regarding research techniques and their usefulness in obtaining information. The information must help users reach administrative decisions and solve problems and expand the theoretical base of the field by serving as a forum for discussion and action on issues related to the literature and information needs for the field of library and information science.

For more information on the Library Research Round Table please visit http://www.ala.org/lrrt.

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The mission of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is to contribute toward the extension and improvement of library research; to provide public program opportunities for describing and evaluating library research projects and for disseminating their findings; to inform and educate ALA members concerning research techniques and their usefulness in obtaining information with which to reach administrative decisions and solve problems; and expand the theoretical base of the field. LRRT also, serves as a forum for discussion and action on issues related to the literature and information needs for the field of library and information science.

Learn more about LRRT on the ALA website.

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