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Charting our course, Measuring our progress: Creating a Data Dashboard for Library Services

Presented by

  • Rob O'Brien Withers (Miami University)


Libraries and their administrations seek to demonstrate a return on investment made by our colleges or universities in our services and resources. Developing a dashboard which tracks and displays usage can be a helpful tool to assist with this task. This poster session will provide an overview of one attempt to develop a dashboard for circulation, document delivery, and information transactions. These experiences included: synthesizing data from multiple software / online services, each with its own idiosyncratic, and often inconsistent, interface; selecting tools for creating charts and graphs; selecting data to be charted over time and/or displayed in a summary view. The session is intended to benefit both those who work directly with data or from administrators who use data in decision-making. Take-homes may include: discussion of one model currently in use to develop models for an approach, we well as possible improvements; and an ability to evaluate pro’s and con’s of widely available services for manipulating and displaying data in order to select the most effective approaches.


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Rob O’Brien Withers has been Access Services Coordinator at Miami University for 10 years. He previously worked as Assistant to the Dean / Electronic Services Librarian (1998-2010), Head of Systems and Technical Services (Western Maryland College, 1996-1998), and in several paraprofessional positions at the University of North Carolina (1991-1996). He has published in Against the Grain, College & Research Libraries News, College and Undergraduate Libraries, Library Cataloging, Acquisitions and Technical Services, and Reference & User Services Quarterly and presented at the American Library Association, Brick and Click Computers in Libraries, Educause Midwest, High Ed Web, Internet Librarian, LOEX, and NASIG.

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