LLAMA webinar explores new methods of collecting building use data

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/24/2014

Contact:

Fred Reuland
LLAMA program officer
LLAMA
312-280-5032
freuland@ala.org

CHICAGO As the use of library space evolves rapidly, collecting building use and space data has become crucial for all types of libraries.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Beyond the Gate and Counting: Collecting and Organizing Building Use Data in Public and Academic Libraries,” from 1:30 – 3 p.m. (Central time) on Wednesday, July 23. 

Organized by the LLAMA MAES Data Collection for Library Managers Committee, this webinar will feature two presentations exploring multiple aspects of collecting space and building use data.

The first presentation will focus on the sampling methodology used to gather space utilization data within an academic library.  In order to have a better understanding of physical space usage, detailed examinations of physical space usage were performed in the Thomas Cooper Library, at the University of South Carolina's Columbia campus.  In that study, a correlation method was devised to assist in the data collection of reference statistics, avoiding the need for daily tallies. 

The second presentation will review the latest iteration of the data collection process at The University of Arizona Library (UAL).  Formed in 2011, the Library Space Usage Assessment project sought to answer questions about how public spaces in the library were being utilized.  Using iPads and a newly developed online data collection form, they gathered observational data on customer activity throughout the library. This presentation will demonstrate the tools used, the lessons learned, and how data collection has been incorporated into ongoing customer needs assessment and strategic planning.

By the end of this webinar participants will:

  • understand methodologies used to collect building use data.
  • be familiar with the tools used to collect building use data.
  • learn the various types of building use data that can be collected.
  • know how to organize the building use data that is collected.

Presenters:

Presentation 1: Daniel S. Dotson, mathematical sciences librarian, science education specialist, The Ohio State University, University Libraries;  Joshua Garris, ILS administrator, University of South Carolina

Presentation 2: John C. Miller-Wells, library information analyst, Access & Information Services Team, University of Arizona Library

Target audiences:  librarians who collect data on building use or those who are interested in learning more about this topic

Fees:
LLAMA member: $49
Non-LLAMA member $59
LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199
Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

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The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.