Notes on "Information in a Dash"

Information in a Dash: Painless & Penniless Statistical Reports
Joyce Neujahr, Director of Patron Services, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE
Emily McIllece, Reference Associate, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

  • Libraries often have many statistics in too many places (ILS, LibGuides, databases, etc.).
  • This library used Google Sites & Google Docs for statistics.
  • The benefit of this was that the sheets were customizable, could be updated in real time, and they could choose who gets to see & edit the info. This data is also accessible anywhere, at any time.
  • For an example of this library’s statistics, see https://sites.google.com/site/crisslibdash/.
  • The graphs are linked to Google Spreadsheets and change automatically when data changes.
  • Google Analytics are attached to the Dashboard, so you can keep track of how often statistics are entered.
  • Keeping statistics in this way makes it easier to compile data for annual reports, campus newsletter, collection development (ILL stats), and accreditation.
  • Having all library statistics in one place has greatly benefited this library. ILL statistics, in particular, have driven many of their collection development decisions.

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