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Thursday, November 5 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Data, Data Everywhere, Too Much to Think! Surveys, Usage Reports, and Decision-Making

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This Lively Lunch session will cover a multitude of related ebook usage topics that small liberal arts colleges are experiencing:

- The complexities related to survey questions about ebook usage: the difficulties writing clear questions and definitions, and bridging the differences in usage across formats (print circulation vs. ebook usage reports.)

- The challenges of acquiring and managing comparable and consistent usage data: interpreting what’s being asked for in surveys, deciding which reports should be generated, and which statistics should be provided in response to the survey questions?

- The complexities of gathering the “right” data to aid internal decision-making. Usage reports gathered for surveys provide an overview of usage. More granular data is needed to inform collection decisions, and raises challenges for vendors and libraries.

Join this Lively Lunch to share your insights and practices!

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Helen Aiello

Acquisitions and E-Resources Librarian, Wesleyan University

Becky Albitz

Associate College Librarian for Collection Management, Bates College
Becky Albitz is the Associate Librarian for Collection Management at Bates College. Previously she was the Electronic Resources and Copyright Librarian at Penn State, Head Librarian at Penn State Shenango, Media and Performing Arts Librarian at NYU and the Media Librarian at the University of Iowa. She received her undergraduate degrees in film and English from the University of Rochester, a masters in film from Penn State, an MLS from The... Read More →
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Lorraine Huddy

CTW Librarian for Collaborative Projects, Connecticut-Trinity-Wesleyan / CTW Consortium
In 2008, I started coordinating consortial activities among the libraries at Connecticut College, Trinity College and Wesleyan University. My primary focus has been on collection development, and over time, I’ve vacillated from being an advocate of practices that favor ebooks to taking a more cautionary stance. The benefits seem increasingly outweighed by issues such as discovery, usability, shareability, and accessibility. For this... Read More →

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