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Thursday, November 6 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
The Signal and the Noise: Libraries and Institutional Data Analytics

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Higher education institutions are paying increased attention to the collection and analysis of institutional data. The quality of student learning, faculty research, departments, and support services are increasingly linked to data analytics and to our ability to make evidence-based decisions on strategic issues facing our institutions. Despite the potential of institutional data analytics, many librarians, information technology professionals, and institutional research staff believe their own institutions are not making the most effective use of institutional data. This panel will explore the question of how libraries can play a leading role in developing or expanding effective institutional data analytics programs (DAPs). Libraries can play a large role in moving institutions from data collection and reporting to the proactive use of data to inform decision making on vital issues, including the impact of library collections and services on metrics of success such as student learning or faculty research productivity. Contributing to the creation of DAPs is one of the new roles academic libraries can play as they transform themselves from knowledge support providers to strategic, collaborative campus partners. The panel will outline the benefits of creating/enhancing a campus DAP, the challenges to such a creation/enhancement, and solutions to those challenges within the context of the critical role that libraries can play in promoting data analytics as a means of addressing strategic campus issues.

Audience members will learn to develop strategies for playing a leading role in the development of an effective institutional data analytics program at their institutions, identify challenges to creating a robust institutional data program and ways to overcome those challenges, and assess institutional readiness to create a strategic, proactive institutional data program through an interactive exercise based around an “institutional readiness” instrument handed out during the presentation.

Speakers
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H. Austin Booth

Vice Provost, University at Buffalo
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Charles Lyons

Associate University Librarian for Discovery and Delivery, SUNY University at Buffalo
Charles Lyons is the Associate University Librarian for Discovery and Delivery at the University at Buffalo. Previously, he worked in the corporate library at Lehman Brothers and in the Science and Engineering Libraries at the University of Virginia. He received his MS from Drexel University in 2002.
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Kathleen O'Brien

Data and Assessment Officer, University at Buffalo


Thursday November 6, 2014 11:30am - 12:15pm
Room 227, Addlestone Library 205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29205