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Application open for upcoming workshop: Building Your Data Confidence

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Building Your Data Confidence

In an era of data-driven decision making, what does it really mean to strategically use data to support your work? Join Kim Kiesewetter of WiLS for a two-part series on research and data specifically tailored to library workers.

Part 1: By March 15, watch an archived one-hour webinar and read two reports on the foundations of research and data.

Part 2: On Tuesday, March 16, from 9:00 AM - noon, participants will join together for an interactive virtual workshop to dig in and explore your library's "data ecosystem.” The workshop begins with participants finding and using library data and ends with building together a scenario that illustrates how to apply data locally.

Application is required. Due by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, February 3, 2021

No prior data knowledge is required.There is no cost to applicants chosen to participate in the training.

Learning objectives

Participants will:

  • Build their confidence using data sources
  • Discover data sources pertinent to their library and the community it serves
  • Handle data pertinent to their library and the community it serves
  • Practice utilizing data in support of decision-making through a case scenario example

Required homework

Participants are required to do three homework tasks before participating in the virtual workshop:

  1. Watch a 60 minute pre-recorded webinar, Research and Data 101
  2. Read the Measures that Matter Action Plan (15 pages)
  3. Read the forthcoming DPI Demographics for Libraries Report (25 pages)

Data workshop

The live, interactive, virtual data workshop is Tuesday, March 16, 9 AM – noon. Workshop requirements:

  • Participants must commit to the full three hours. Breaks will be built in.
  • You will need access to Microsoft Excel on your device.

How to apply

Please fill out this short application form to express your interest in the training.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Up to 32 participants will be chosen, with an eye toward diversity of library size and location.

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For questions about this information, contact Cindy Fesemyer (608) 266-8053