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Data Informed Public LibrariesData Informed Public Libraries (DIPL) is an initiative sponsored by the California State Library and implemented by Infopeople. This initiative builds upon the foundation of the April 2017 Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) regional conference in Sacramento and the November 2017 Beyond the Numbers pre-conference at the California Library Association conference in Riverside. Through a variety of online courses, case studies, and webinars, participants will collaborate with others at their organization to discover and apply new practices, tools, and methods for data collection, analysis, and use.

Individuals from eleven libraries who were part of the data learning activities in 2017 (the RIPL event in Sacramento and/or the Riverside pre-conference) are now working with others from their libraries to extend learning throughout their organizations. Fresno County Public Library, Long Beach Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Oakland Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, San Jose Public Library, Santa Barbara Public Library, Santa Monica Public Library, Sonoma County Public Library, Torrance Public Library, and Yolo County Library are participating in the initiative. However, the online courses and other learning opportunities are also open to others working in California public libraries, too. Registration details and other information are promoted on the CALIX listserv.

Courses

  • Telling the Library Story with Data - Started February 20 and registration is now closed. Learners in this course worked with instructor Linda Hofschire to learn to turn data into something meaningful, crafting stories about their organizations that are supported by data and anecdotes.
  • Using Infographics for Big Impact - Started March 13 and registration is now closed. Learners in this course worked with Instructor Beth Gallaway and learned to effectively present library data.
  • A Library Guide to Getting Started with Needs Assessments - Started April 24. Learners in this course learned to collect and use data to assess needs in their communities.
  • Using Data Analysis for Collection Development - Started May 29. Learners in this course learned to use data to make collection development decisions.
  • Capturing Outcomes of Library Programming - Started June 5. Learners in this course explored a range of strategies for capturing program outcomes for all ages of library patrons. Learners acquired a framework for articulating program goals, capturing outcomes aligned with those goals, and using outcomes to advocate for programming in the library.
  • Evaluating Library Services, Programs and Collections - Starts August 21. When registration is available for this 4-week course, an announcement will be made on CALIX.

Webinars

  • Demonstrating Library Impact with Data - This webinar was presented on June 12 at Noon Pacific/1 PM Mountain/2 PM Central/3 PM Eastern. The one-hour session featuring Amanda Standerfer was recorded and you can access the recording now.
  • Be a Data Champion in Your Library - The live session is scheduled for July 24 at Noon Pacific/1 PM Mountain/2 PM Central/3 PM Eastern. This one-hour session featuring Amy Koester and Toby Greenwalt will be recorded.

Case Studies

Case studies feature stories of libraries using data to make a difference in their communities.

Questions about DIPL? Please contact Brenda Hough at brenda (at) infopeople.org.

This project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.