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Saturday, April 22 • 11:30am - 12:10pm
Data-driven Thriving: Using Info You Already Collect to Improve and Advocate for Your Library

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From large cities to rural towns and from universities to elementary schools, libraries have been central to communities thriving. Alas, sometimes decision-makers don’t see a library’s worth, so they can be threatened by policy change and budget cuts. Fortunately, libraries already collect a wealth of quantitative and qualitative data that not only show our impact but also allow us to improve upon our services. This panel, including librarians from state, academic, public, and school libraries, will discuss how you can use data to demonstrate your library’s value to administrators and lawmakers. Panelists also will discuss how some simple data analysis can help you determine strategies and directions to better serve your patrons.

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MaryKay Dahlgreen

State Librarian, Oregon State Library
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Buzzy Nielsen

Library Director, Crook County Library
Buzzy is President of OLA and also serves on the Library Development and Legislation Committee, where he helps OLA respond to local, state, and national issues affecting libraries and the people they serve. In his over 20 years in the profession, Buzzy has worked in a wide variety... Read More →
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M. Brooke Robertshaw

Assessment Librarian, Oregon State University
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Robin Rolfe

Library/Media Specialist, James John Elementary
I have been a Library/ Media Specialist since the dinosaurs roamed the earth (better fact check that). Before being an LMS and while being an LMS I taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and Title I reading. I have the honor of representing OASL as the Immediate Past President for 2016... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:30am - 12:10pm PDT
Anderson Room B Salem Public Library