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Discussion ALA Library Education Assembly

by Theresa Darr on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 10:53 am

I am the CORS representative to the Education Assembly.  I will be attending that meeting on Saturday morning during midwinter.  Where and when should I submit my notes on this meeting for the CORS committee?

-Terry Darr

Discussion Interest shown in CORS program

by Kathy Rosa-IL (staff) on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 09:01 am

The ALA Conference Scheduler http://ala13.ala.org/scheduler> shows that more than 200 people are interested in attending the CORS program titled:Measuring Up: Developing New Metrics for Assessing Library Performance (CORS)

The ALA Conference Scheduler http://ala13.ala.org/scheduler> shows that more than 200 people are interested in attending the CORS program titled:Measuring Up: Developing New Metrics for Assessing Library Performance (CORS)


The  session is also one of Barbara Hoffert's LJ "Editor's Picks" sessions! http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/05/shows-events/ala/ljs-guide-to-the-2013-ala-annual-conference-program/

When: 

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

McCormick Place Convention Center

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Presenters: 

Moderator: Anne Houston, Director, Humanities and Social Sciences Services, Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Speaker: Kathy Rosa
Speaker: Rachel Fleming-May

 

Description:

The traditional measures of library performance --reference questions answered, size of collections, etc--no longer tell the whole story of how libraries impact users. How can academic and public libraries develop new metrics that give a more complete picture of library effectiveness? Our speakers will include Rachel Fleming-May from the IMLS-funded Lib-Value (Value, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries) project; and Kathy Rosa, Director of the ALA Office of Research and Statistics.

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Discussion Call for Papers: IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Section and & Education and Training Section, 79th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2013

by Anne Houston on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

Posted on behalf of Wanda Dole

 

Bring out the fun of it! New ways of teaching and communicating statistics

Call for Papers
IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Section and & Education and Training Section
79th IFLA World Library and Information Congress
Singapore, 17-23 August, 2013

Posted on behalf of Wanda Dole

 

Bring out the fun of it! New ways of teaching and communicating statistics

Call for Papers
IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Section and & Education and Training Section
79th IFLA World Library and Information Congress
Singapore, 17-23 August, 2013

Statistics are ubiquitous. Quantitative data is needed and used in research projects, evidence-based management, and as part of any advocacy process in the library and information sector. It is also part of most LIS curricula at all levels. Yet many students graduate with little knowledge and less confidence about their statistical competences; practitioners resent the “number crunching” part of their work, and arguments made to funding bodies on the basis of statistics sometimes prove not to be as convincing as expected.

The Statistics and Evaluation Section and Section of Education and Training of IFLA will hold a joint session during the 79th IFLA World Information Congress, Singapore, 17-23 August 2013, dedicated to new ways of teaching, presenting and communicating quantitative methods and results.

We invite papers on the following aspects:
- Teaching statistics differently: empowering LIS students to use statistical methods with confidence and competence
- Motivating library practitioners and teaching colleagues to collect and use empirical evidence, and to integrate a culture of assessment in their library
- Presenting and communicating library data in convincing and accessible ways, e.g. by combining statistics and “storytelling”
- Innovative ways to use quantitative data for advocacy and showing the impact of libraries.

Submission guidelines
The session has a duration of 2 hrs and will comprise 4 presentations. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions from the audience. Full papers must be between 3000 and 6000 words in length. They must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

Proposals for papers should be in English and include:
- An abstract of no longer than 250 words, including illustrations if appropriate
- Name, institution and full address of the presenter (name, postal address, phone, fax, email) At least one presenter will have to be on site to deliver the presentation.
- A short biography of the presenter.

Important dates
- February 6th, 2013: Submission deadline. Please indicate "IFLA Proposal Singapore 2013" on the subject line.
- March 8th, 2013: notification of successful applicants
- May 25th, 2013: submission of full written papers (between 3000 and 6000 words in length).
All full papers will be published on IFLA.org

Please send your proposal to

Ulla Wimmer
Section chair
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Library and Information Science
E-Mail: ulla.wimmer@ibi.hu-berlin.de

Submissions

All proposals must be in before February 6th, 2013.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Singapore National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

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Ulla Wimmer
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft
Sitz: Dorotheenstr. 26, 10117 Berlin
Post: Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

Tel: +49 (0)30 2093-4528
E-Mail: ulla.wimmer@ibi.hu-berlin.de

www.ibi.hu-berlin.de
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Wanda V. Dole| Dean of the Ottenheimer Library
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, AR 72204
501.569.8803 (office)|501.569.8814 (fax)| http://library.ualr.edu/support

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

by Rudolph Rose (non-member) on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 01:43 pm

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!

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 | 10:30am to 12:00pm

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.

Ray Lyons is a statistical programmer and 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, Library & Information Science Research, and Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.  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.

Presented by the Committee on Research and Statistics.


ala anaheim logo

R. Norman Rose

Program Officer, Office of Research and Statistics

American Library Association

a: 50 East Huron Street

Chicago, IL, 60611

t: 312.280.4283

e: nrose@ala.org

http://ala.org/ors

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Discussion New ORS Director Named

by Cathleen Bourdon-IL (staff) on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 09:09 am

Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kathy Rosa to the position of director, ALA Office for Research and Statistics. Here's the link to the press release: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/kathy-rosa-new-office-research-and-statistics-director

Cathleen Bourdon, CORS Staff Liaison

 

Discussion ALA Executive Board MW Talking Points

by Cathleen Bourdon-IL (staff) on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 02:35 pm

When our Board liaison, Courtney Young, met with us at Midwinter, she promised to share the full text of her "Talking Points." She sent us the text today and I am attaching it to this message. (Thanks Courtney!)

Discussion Call for presenters at LLAMA MAES program

by Cathleen Bourdon-IL (staff) on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 02:28 pm

Call for proposals!

 (Apologies for duplicate postings via other lists)

 LLAMA MAES is soliciting proposals for presenters to participate in the ALA Annual program, "Let the data talk: Communicating assessment results to stakeholders."  

 Mark H. Hansen, Professor of Statistics, UCLA, (http://www.stat.ucla.edu/~cocteau/) will provide an overview and discuss the importance and impact of data visualization to communicate a compelling message.

Call for proposals!

 (Apologies for duplicate postings via other lists)

 LLAMA MAES is soliciting proposals for presenters to participate in the ALA Annual program, "Let the data talk: Communicating assessment results to stakeholders."  

 Mark H. Hansen, Professor of Statistics, UCLA, (http://www.stat.ucla.edu/~cocteau/) will provide an overview and discuss the importance and impact of data visualization to communicate a compelling message.

 Following his keynote, presenters will discuss how they have effectively used data visualization to tell the library's story to various stakeholders. Presentations should be 8-10 minutes.

 Please address the following questions in a proposal narrative of no longer than 250 words.

  • Who was your audience?
  • Why did you choose the specific data visualization tool?
  • How was the data visualization implemented?
  • What were the results and how were they evaluated?
  • Would you recommend this tool to other libraries?

Presentations will be judged on how well they demonstrate visualizations and how they can be used effectively across various institutions. Please provide examples of the visualization or links to your visualization project in the proposal.

 Deadline for proposals is March 15, 2012. Proposals should be submitted electronically to Marianne Ryan, Associate University Librarian for Public Services, Northwestern University, at marianne-ryan@northwestern.edu

 Lisa Horowitz

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Lisa R. Horowitz

Assessment Librarian, MIT Libraries

lisah@mit.edu | 617.253.9353

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Discussion Academic Library Survey undergoes major changes

by Cathleen Bourdon on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 08:18 am

October 18, 2011 deadline to comment on changes

October 18, 2011 deadline to comment on changes

The process is underway to reintegrate the Academic Library Survey (ALS) into the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) survey, starting with the 2013 data collection year. Initial discussions were held in New Orleans at the annual meeting of the Academic Library Survey Advisory Committee meeting. Tom Weko, Associate Commissioner, Postsecondary Studies Division, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provided procedural background information and proposed steps for the reintegration process, comparing data elements in the existing Academic Library Survey with the various IPEDS components. The two main reasons are to improve the quality of the data and decrease the collection burden. 

In August a two-day Technical Review Panel brought together experts in the field for a comprehensive discussion of existing ALS data elements and the possible inclusion as part of the reintegrated survey. The panel discussed every aspect of the existing ALS, including eligibility requirements, staffing, funding and services. A report from Technical Review Panel #35, Reintegrating the Academic Libraries Survey into IPEDS, is available on the IPEDS TRP Web site: https://edsurveys.rti.org/IPEDS_TRP/Index.aspx  

The report is open for public comments by October 18, 2011. This is the time to review the proposed changes and submit your responses for consideration. Pass along this invitation for comments to appropriate colleagues and constituencies who have an interest in academic library statistics, data collection, and research.

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Discussion CORS MW Meeting

by Cathleen Bourdon on Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

Please mark your calendars for the MW meeting of the Committee on Research and Statistics in Dallas, TX:

Sunday, January 22, 2012: 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Discussion Maybe It Has Already Been Done Data Resource Guide

by Cathleen Bourdon on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

Colleagues,

I am attaching the resource guide that Mary Stansbury prepared for the CORS 2011 program, "Maybe It Has Already Been Done: Locating Data for Planning, Assessment and Advocacy."

Cathleen Bourdon

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To facilitate research and related activities in all units of the Association, especially activities related to library statistics; to advise the ALA Council and Executive Board on programs, policy, and priorities regarding research and related activities; to recommend procedures to achieve expeditious consideration of all ALA unit proposals for research and related activities by the ALA Executive Board; to encourage the establishment of divisional committees for the purpose of stimulating research and statistics; to maintain liaison with all units of the Association regarding research and related activities in the units; to identify questions regarding library service which need to be answered through research and promote the conduct of research to answer those questions; to review and make recommendations concerning national data collection efforts pertaining to libraries, recommending inclusions, definitions, procedures, and policies as appropriate; to serve as a base committee for liaisons from other associations and groups with shared concerns about library statistics; and to serve as an advisory committee for the Office for Research and Statistics. 

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