Geek-Communicating Data to Inform Decisions

Geek Skills

Individuals at the Geek Level have the following skills:

  • Knowledge of data collection, management, curation, preservation or access
  • Create a valid Survey
  • Deciding what kind of data should be collected to evaluate services/programs
  • Uses data outcomes to increase budget line item
  • Use collected data to: revise and/or create library programming

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Knowledge of data collection, management, curation, preservation or access

International Federation of Data Organizations: Data Preservation

This resource contains information on the basis of digital data preservation along with links to further resources.

Why Preserve Digital Data?

Digital Curation Centre: Why Preserve Digital Data?

This resource has info on the what and why of digital curation and preserving digital data.

Fundamentals of Research Data Curation

Society of American Archivists: Fundamentals of Research Data Curation

This webinar discusses planning research data curation and will help librarians and archivists who need to make decisions re: selecting data curation tools and services among other topics.

What is Data Curation?

Council on Library and Information Resources: What is Data Curation?

This is a helpful guide that explains data curation and covers initiatives by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) on collaborations in data curation.

Role of Libraries in Data Curation

Online Computer Library Center: Role of Libraries in Data Curation

Resource on data management programs in research libraries and some of the principles may also apply to public libraries.

Create a valid survey

Library User Survey Templates & How-Tos

Library Research Service: Library User Survey Templates & How-Tos

Resource that contains the template of three different types of surveys that can be use to learn more about library patron usage and satisfaction with libraries.

Decide what kind of data should be collected to evaluate services/programs

Outcomes, Impacts and Indicators

Library Journal: Outcomes, Impacts and Indicators

This article presents the finding of a study (Impact Study) conducted University of Washington’s iSchool about collecting data and measuring outcomes to determine the impact a public library has on its users.

Use outcomes data to increase budget line item

Using Statistics to increase public library budgets

Using Statistics to Increase Public Library Budgets

(Paid training- depending on library subscription)

This article deals with using library statistics to increase public library budgets and it provides guidance on deciding which kind of data are relevant to a specific argument.

Use collected data to: revise and/or create library programming

Identifying community needs for public library management

EdX: Identifying community Needs for Public Library Management

This webinar covers strategies for gathering statistic and descriptive data about public library communities.