Wednesday, March 05, 2014

CFP: Say-it-in-Six Lightning Rounds: Case Studies on Using Data to Improve Library Services (ALA Annual)

CFP: Say-it-in-Six Lightning Rounds: Case Studies on Using Data to Improve Library Services (ALA Annual)

The LLAMA MAES Using Measurement Data for Library Planning, Assessment, and Communication committee is planning a program at the 2014 ALA Conference in Las Vegas on Monday, June 30th, at 8:30am. This fast-paced program will feature presenters from a variety of settings who will share the ways they have used data to assess, promote, or improve their library. Have you used data to make changes in your own library? If so, we need you!

We are looking for proposals on almost any topic in which the data mattered: library spaces, library services, programming & outreach, collections, student learning/retention, or internal training & workflows, or anything else that worked for you! Innovative methods and tools used to analyze data, as well as interesting outcomes resulting from the data analysis, are especially of interest.

Some specifics of how the lightning rounds will work:

•         Each presenter will give a brief presentation (six minutes of presentation, followed by 4 minutes for Q&A) multiple times, rotating to small audiences sitting at informal banquet tables. All attendees will hear and ask questions of all speakers during the course of the program.

•         The format for the six minutes of presentation is adapted from Ron Hoff’s book Say It in Six: How to Say Exactly What You Mean in Six Minutes or Less.

To submit your proposal (300 words or less), please include the following information:

•         Type and size of your library

•         Type of assessment method/how the data was collected (such as survey, observation)

•         Sample size of the data

•         Tools or methods used to analyze and present the data

•         How the data was used (resulting changes/improvements/realizations)

•         Name, position, and email address of the presenter.

Please e-mail proposals to by Friday, March 28th, at 5pm PST. Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status by mid-April.