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Stats Amazing! Research Methods and Statistics for the Busy Librarian

Workshop Description
With an increasing emphasis on assessment and demonstrating value in academic libraries – and the importance of publishing for the careers of many academic librarians – the ability to collect and analyze useful data is growing in importance. However, recent research shows that many librarians lack confidence when it comes to conducting research and performing statistical analysis. Does this sound like you? Do you remember taking a research methods class but not what was taught?

Whether you are looking for a refresher or starting from scratch, join John Bertot and Paul Jaeger from Maryland’s iSchool to revive your inner researcher. Whether you’re looking to assess library services, demonstrate the value that your library provides, or embark on a research project, this workshop will help you identify appropriate research methods and make sense of all that data you’ve collected.

The workshop will progress from reasons for conducting research and identifying research topics to a discussion of the quantitative, qualitative, evaluation, and mixed method approaches appropriate for academic library research. Approaches and software for analyzing data – such as SPSS and Excel – will be highlighted. The potential uses for the data collected will be explored, including improving library services, advocating for library support, demonstrating and evaluating activities, and publishing results.

Space is limited. Register now!

Friday, November 16, 2012 from 9am to 4pm
Loyola University Maryland Graduate Center, Columbia Campus
8890 McGaw Road
Columbia, MD 21045

MLA Members: $70
Non-members: $97
Students: $62

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*Registration deadline is November 1st or when room capacity is reached.

**Registration includes lunch and continental breakfast. Please specify sandwich preference on registration form (Choices: Roasted Turkey, Roast Beef, Tuna Salad, or Veggie).

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