March 16, 2018

Data-Driven Academic Libraries



Investigating our Users, Analyzing scholarly impact,
and Acting on Results

A free, three-part webcast series, developed in collaboration with ER&L

Now more than ever libraries have access to a lot of data about their user communities. This three-part webcast series, developed in partnership with Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) explores the answers to the following questions: Are we using that data to inform decisions? Are we using the best data available to us? Are we using the right tools to answer our questions? Can we improve services, access, and collection development asking the right questions of this data? And, how can we work with our scholarly communities to support their interest in data about their individual and organizational scholarly output?

This series includes the following sessions:

  • What is a Data-Driven Academic Library?
  • The Evolution of Usage and Impact: Analyzing and Benchmarking Use
  • Measuring Impact: Redefining Scholarly Value Through New Data

These webcasts will touch on just some of the many areas where libraries are gathering, analyzing, and using data to change how they work—fueling your ability to better put this information to work in your libraries.

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What Is a Data-Driven Academic Library?
December 4, 2013 @ 3pm ET / Noon PT

This webcast will give an overview of how academic libraries are using data to drive decisions. The presentation will touch on the terminology, tools, services, and data available to libraries and provide real world examples of how academic libraries have used data to enhance services, improve online tools, and develop collections. Sarah Tudesco will also touch on how to communicate data to various stakeholders. Attendees will depart with with a number of resources to learn more including the best books, blogs, journals, Twitter handles and more to continue learning as well as maintain a solid command of the progress and practices of the data-driven academic library.


  • Sarah Tudesco, Assessment Librarian, Yale University
  • Bonnie Tijerina, Head of E-Resources and Serials, Harvard Library


The Evolution of Usage: Analyzing and Benchmarking Use
December 11, 2013 @  3pm ET / Noon PT

Using usage statistics in various forms has been an important topic for those evaluating library collections, and making purchase and cancellation decisions. New research projects in libraries are amassing and analyzing standardized usage data across many different types of libraries and resources to identify new usage benchmarks for resources. This webcast will highlight a few of these projects and report on what librarians working with them are seeing so far.


  • Emily Guhde, Online Services Librarian, NC Live
  • Jill Morris, Assistant Director, NC Live
  • Michael Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communications and Collection Services, University of Denver
  • Jason Price, Program Manager, Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium
  • John McDonald, Associate Dean for Collections, University of Southern California
  • Bonnie Tijerina, Head of E-Resources and Serials, Harvard Library


Measuring Impact: Redefining Scholarly Value Through New Data
December 18, 2013 @  3pm ET / Noon PT

Scholars are looking beyond traditional metrics to show the impact of their work. Publishers are looking to show more value for their content. Librarians are looking to show the way. Everyone is looking at a variety of data sources to determine value in our evolving online world. This webcast will highlight the work scholars and organizations are doing with alternative metrics and article-level usage to expand the definition of scholarly impact.


  • Jason Priem, Co-founder, ImpactStory
  • Gregg Gordon, President & CEO, Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
  • Jennifer Lin, Senior Product Manager, Public Library of Science
  • Bonnie Tijerina, Head of E-Resources and Serials, Harvard Library



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