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5 tips for librarians using web metrics | CILIP

5 tips for librarians using web metrics | CILIP | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The library and information community have often been at the forefront of adopting new web technologies, but generally less thought is given to measuring how these technologies are being used. An annual report may mention the number of followers the library's Twitter account has accumulated, or the number of article downloads from its institutional repository, but such a light-touch approach to web metrics neither recognizes its full potential nor acknowledges its limitations. 'Web metrics' is a broad term used to refer to the quantitative measurement of the creation and use of web content. It incorporates both 'webometrics', the quantitative study of web content and use for research purposes, and 'web analytics', the quantitative study of web content and use for the evaluation and improvement of a service." -

See more at: http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/news/5-tips-librarians-using-web-metrics#sthash.zi7Qzz2y.dpuf

 

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New 24 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Size Of The Internet – Stephen's Lighthouse

New 24 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Size Of The Internet – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Mitch Joel, author of the business strategy book, “CTRL-ALT-Delete: Reboot your business. Reboot your life”, has pulled together some mind-blowing facts that show the internet is so much bigger than you think it is.
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3ders.org - 3D Printing in Libraries Around the World | News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - 3D Printing in Libraries Around the World | News & 3D Printing News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Since late 2011, when the Fayetteville Public Library received widespread media attention for its hackerspace, 3D printers slowly began appearing in libraries around the world, particularly in the United States.
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UK lost more than 200 libraries in 2012

UK lost more than 200 libraries in 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Amid a continuing fight to keep public libraries open, figures show an increase in the rate of closure of libraries
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4 Social Media Goals Every Library Should Measure, by Andrew Kirk

4 Social Media Goals Every Library Should Measure, by Andrew Kirk | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Andrew K Kirk, Founder of Face The Buzz and Social Media Examiner writer, outlines 4 Social Media Goals Every Business Should Measure, but these can all easily be applied to libraries as well.

 

"Goal #1: Raise Awareness of Your Brand
Goal #2: Website Traffic
Goal #3: Website Visitor Loyalty
Goal #4: Conversion Rates"

 

read more: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/4-social-media-goals/

 


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Canadian Public Libraries: Monitor Tweets! « Dysart & Jones

Canadian Public Libraries: Monitor Tweets! « Dysart & Jones | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Social-Biblio.ca Monitors Twitter as used by 112 Canadian public libraries; real-time analytical 1st of its kind tool http://t.co/nKLwgNuR...

 Rebecca Jones:

"Want to monitor and analyze your library’s tweets, and the tweets of other Canadian public libraries? Chcck out Social-Biblio.ca. Developed by Dr. Mary Cavanagh and Masters Student Max Neuvians of University of Ottawa’s School of Information Studies, Social-Biblio is a research and public library media monitoring tool that tracks and preserves Canadian public library’s Twitter activities."

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The Running Librarian: Evaluating e-books in Law Libraries - Slideshare

The Running Librarian: Evaluating e-books in Law Libraries - Slideshare | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @aallnet: RT @WestlawSmallLaw: RT @erroladamsjdmls: The Running Librarian: Evaluating e-books in Law Libraries http://t.co/OsqVg6ox...

 

by JAMES MULLAN:

"The iLibrarian [Ellyssa Kroski] has published the slides from a recent presentation on e-books, which I've embedded below. In her talk she outlines some of the benefits and downsides to purchasing and maintaining e-book collections. If you've not thought about e-books before, this is a good introduction to the topic."

 

Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/ellyssa/evaluating-ebook-offerings?from=ss_embed&nbsp

 

 

Valid information for librarians from any library to consider, with statistics of tablet and ebook use 

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DIGITAL NEWS: Average person spends over 3 hours online each day | b2bmarketing.net

DIGITAL NEWS: Average person spends over 3 hours online each day | b2bmarketing.net | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The average person spent three hours and seven minutes online each day in 2012, according to a new infographic released by Voucher Codes Pro.

The average time spent online has increased from two hours 56 minutes in 2011. 

Meanwhile, the average amount of time spent watching TV, per person, has decreased from five hours 27 minutes in 2010, to five hours five minutes in 2012. Plus, the amount of time spent listening to the radio as well as reading newspapers and magazines have also lessened in recent years."

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New Metrics Providers Help Keep Libraries in the Research-Tracking Game - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

New Metrics Providers Help Keep Libraries in the Research-Tracking Game - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Howard:

"A critical part of the library's job is helping the research faculty "understand and be able to measure the impact of their works," he says. "And since much of their work takes place online now, and not just in the cited periodical literature, there are lots of new ways to measure their impact."

The first step, and sometimes a big one, is to make scholars aware that there is a world of metrics beyond citations and impact factors. Even scholars who are active online aren't always aware "that the impact of their work in those new forums can be measured," Mr. Del­iyannides says."

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Libraries playing a role in research tracking!

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The growth of social networking [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter #socialmedia

The growth of social networking [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter #socialmedia | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram – How Big Is Social Media Around The World? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Via Official AndreasCY
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Making Sure Libraries “Measure Up”, by Karen Muller | American Libraries Magazine

Making Sure Libraries “Measure Up”, by Karen Muller | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Karen Muller:

 

"Times are tough for libraries, and when times get tough, managers—whether college administrators, a principal, a board of trustees, or even voters—start asking about the viability of programs and the measurable benefits of those programs. That’s why understanding how to measure your library’s activities—and therefore proving their value—is critical in today’s economic environment."

 

Publications: 

1. Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research: How Librarians Can Get to the Why of Data, editors Douglas Cook and Lesley Farmer 

2. Just Plain Data Analysis: Finding, Presenting, and Interpreting Social Science Data by Gary M. Klass

3. Sandra D. Andrews’s Power of Data: An Introduction to Using Local, State, and National Data to Support School Library Programs

4. Danny P. Wallace and Connie Van Fleet’s Knowledge into Action: Research and Evaluation in Library and Information Science

5. Engaging in Evaluation and Assessment Research 

6. Assessing Service Quality: Satisfying the Expectations of Library Customers, authors Peter Hernon and Ellen Altman

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The rise of e-reading - Pew Internet Research

The rise of e-reading - Pew Internet Research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
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Infographic: Ontario Council of Universtiy Libraries: “Ask a Librarian” Usage Statistics, 2011-2012 | LJ INFOdocket

Infographic: Ontario Council of Universtiy Libraries: “Ask a Librarian” Usage Statistics, 2011-2012 | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Infographic: Ask a #Librarian Usage Statistics 2011-2012 from #Ontario Council of University Libraries http://t.co/jdKupJsJ @arlnews @sabram...

 

"The following infographic provides a look at the Ontario Council of University Libraries, Ask a Librarian service that launched on September 12, 2011 with the following institutions:
University of Guelph
University of Guelph-Humber
Lakehead University
Ryerson University
York University
University of Toronto – St.George
University of Toronto – Mississauga
University of Toronto – Scarborough
University of Windsor"

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Data Shows Library Visits at Historic High (National Humanities Alliance)

1.59 billion visits in 2009  (Think libraries are dead?)

 

"December 2, 2011 – Data analyzed from the FY 2009 Public Library Survey (PLS), a census of public libraries in the 50 states, DC, and the territories, shows a 24.4% increase in library visits per capita in the last ten years, with total visits increasing by nearly 40%. In 2009 (the most recent data available) libraries were visited a record-breaking 1.59 billion times, reports the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

"People depend on libraries now more than ever," said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth in a press release. "Not only do visits and circulation continue to rise, the role of public libraries in providing Internet resources to the public continues to increase as well. Public libraries have also increased their program offerings to meet greater demand and provide more targeted services. Despite this demonstrated ability of libraries to adjust to meet the growing needs of the public, many libraries across the country face severe budget cuts. It’s important to remember that this data ends with 2009, before even more severe budget crises put so many libraries and library programs at risk."

The Institute’s analysis of the data showed that per capita visits and circulation rose in the century’s first decade. The number of public libraries increased during that period but not enough to keep pace with the rise in population. Library staffing remained stable, though the percentage of public libraries with degreed and accredited librarians increased."


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Karen du Toit's comment, December 6, 2011 12:25 AM
Thanks!