Gone are the days of casually recording statistics. Not only is it imperative that the library keep track of what were once essentially just numbers, you need to be able to analyze that data and make decisions based on the conclusions. Do we need to build more LibGuides on Economics? Are the graduate students booking one-on-one consultations? Do the attendees of library instruction sessions recommend them to their friends and family? What does the data say? If you care about being able to answer these questions and more like them, you'll take gathering and analyzing statistics seriously.
To get some real actionable data to help shape your Instruction Sessions, use LibInsight datasets for pre- and post-instruction collection. Create a dataset to share with those about to attend an instruction session at your library that asks things like:
This way you'll have more to add to the usual metrics you collect like Sophomore / Business / Professor Smith, etc. Then you can similarly create a dataset for distribution after they've attended your class that asks:
This is just a drop in the bucket. Really think about what you want to know. Is it important, for instance, to know how your instructors rate? Perhaps you want to know if the dates and times you offer your sessions are considered convenient. Customize the dataset per your needs. Don't forget to create an Instruction Sessions Dashboard to share this vital information with those who are interested.
To meet the challenges of advancing our expectations from statistics, a little set up can lead to a lot of success. With fine planning and keeping an eye on the big picture, we can use the data we collect to:
When you do your patron load into your OPAC for the upcoming academic year, while you're at it, take the step and load it into your LibCRM system as well! It will help you with future recording, tracking and analysis projects. For example, you could:
Are there a group of students who have attended more than 2 instruction sessions at the library? Do their profiles all show a membership status of student of Chemistry Department? Perhaps the faculty there are heavily promoting the library. It's always good to have allies! These kinds of questions can be asked and answered in LibCRM.
Pro tip: Get as detailed as you can with these profile relationships and memberships and you'll yield more report results.