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Wednesday, November 4 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
Citation Analysis: How and Why

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Registration Cost: $150

Analyzing citations from publications or coursework can help librarians measure how well they are meeting patrons’ needs, educate subject liaisons about the behaviors of their user groups, and reveal information needs that the library is not meeting. This hands-on workshop will combine technical instruction in using MS Access for data collection with a collaborative discussion of how citation data can meet participants’ goals. In addition to creating a blank Access database customized to their own goals, participants will review sample data from the presenter’s institution and discuss what it means for the library.

In the morning, we will create a collective list of possible goals, which will guide the design of the Access database. In the afternoon, we will do calculations using the presenter’s data. This step involves querying the database and exporting the results to Excel. We will also discuss possible interpretations of the findings. No experience with database design is needed, as the workshop leader will walk attendees through the steps of designing a relational database. Some knowledge of Excel is expected, though not necessarily experience with formulas. Handouts will be provided so participants can continue to build their citation databases after returning home.

NOTE: Participants will be required to bring their own laptops. 

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Karen Kohn

Collections Analysis Librarian, Temple University

Wednesday November 4, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm EST