Academic libraries capture and report a vast quantities of data, thus, keeping track of what needs to be gathered, how, when, and by whom is not a simple endeavor. The University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) Libraries first developed a Data Framework over a decade ago to track what data was required to be collected and reported. Since data use at the UNLV Libraries has grown exponentially, a major revision and reconfiguration was necessary.
We approached the revision systematically, carefully investigating data points, reporting deadlines, and other factors. We also created a model (to be illustrated on the poster) that served as a guide during the process of updating and reformatting the Data Framework. This model allowed library faculty and staff to more fully understand the complex process of collecting accurate data. This bolstered staff morale about data and helped us foster a culture of assessment in which data is used as a tool for reporting, decision-making, research and assessment, and storytelling.
The revised Data Framework is a Tableau-based tracking tool and a data management map, allowing the UNLV Libraries to keep a stream of accurate and consistent data flowing into the Assessment Department. The Data Framework will be evaluated through use statistics and comparing timeliness of data reporting to previous years.
This poster will be valuable for librarians desiring better data control throughout their organization and increasing staff interest in data collection and use. It will provide tips for creating a Data Framework specific to their organization.
The poster will include a workflow of the revision process as well as a visual representation of the Data Collection Practice Model created for the project. It will also feature an example table from the Data Framework, while a battery-powered laptop will provide an interactive version of the completed Data Framework (presented in Tableau).