For immediate release | October 24, 2022

A toolkit for making data driven decisions

CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, “Data Driven Decisions: A Practical Toolkit for Library and Information Professionals” is a jargon-free guide that walks readers step-by-step through each stage of implementing, reviewing, and embedding data driven decisions in their organization. It provides accessible visualizations, top tips, and downloadable tools to support readers on their data journey. Starting with the absolute basics of using data, author Amy Stubbing creates a framework for building skills and knowledge slowly until the reader is comfortable with even complex uses of data. She discusses the impact of the current financial climate on resources, theoretical foundations of data collection and analysis, and how this book can be used in practice. The next section takes readers through the data driven decisions model, providing the guidance for understanding and implementing the model. Finally, the book provides further perspectives and reading surrounding analysis and implementation of data driven decisions.

Stubbing is currently Academic Engagement Lead at University of Westminster, UK where she is responsible for strategic planning and development of the learning support provision for the university, including academic liaison and academic learning development. Previous roles include Campus Library Manager at University of East London, and the Library Customer Care Collections Coordinator at Royal Holloway University. Her Data Driven Decisions Toolkit for libraries formed the basis of this book.

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