LibraryLinkNJ will purchase 10 individual registrations for the online, real time ALA TechSource webinar “Gathering and Using Community Data: Making the Best Decisions for Your Library” with Marie Pyko and Thad Hartman.
Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 6, 2:30-4:00 pm Eastern
The first 10 members to register by the deadline of 4 PM on Tuesday, October 29th are eligible for this discount. A waiting list is available.
Gathering and Using Community Data: Making the Best Decisions for Your Library (ALA TechSource Workshop)
A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, November 6, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific
Decisions about library programs and services are typically made by library staff, using anecdotal experience as a guide to understanding community wants and needs. But marshaling hard data will give you a much more accurate picture. This workshop will show you how to gather community data in order to assess your library users’ needs and desires, and then plan services accordingly. The instructors will use their experience at the highly-regarded Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library as a model, highlighting sources of community data that are likely to already exist and ways that such data can be gathered by library staff. You'll learn how to combine your staff's expertise with concrete data so your library can make wise decisions, forgoing the need to hire an external vendor.
How to find the free sources of data in your community
How to gather data without spending money
Putting your data into action: big challenges and small challenges
About the Instructors:
Marie Pyko is Public Services Director, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. She oversees the long range plans for service planning and deployment for adults, youth and outreach services to older adults. She was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2012.
Thad Hartman is Community and Strategic Services Manager, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. He oversees strategic planning and process improvement initiatives, and library community services including Bookmobiles, Library @ Work, and the partnership between TSCPL and the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Department.