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Wednesday, November 6 • 5:30pm - 6:10pm
S1-01 The time has come... to build, reflect, and analyze connections between qualitative and quantitative data

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This presentation will address the development process of a qualitative evaluation tool to aid in the thorough analysis of library resources at the University of Maryland. Specifically, our project looks at the use and added value of this tool for the building, reflecting, and analyzing connections between qualitative and quantitative data. This will allow for more meaningful justifications of budgetary decisions than compared to cost and use metrics alone. Given the necessity for meticulous review of continuing resources, our project addresses a request for enhanced transparency from the university faculty and library oversight body and serves as a useful tool for accountability and justification of impactful decisions for stakeholders internally and externally. We will discuss the extant literature and the need for this type of tool, the development process including the output planning and data input format, the initial reception of the project, and future goals and planning for our initial usage. Additionally, we will demonstrate the use of the tool, model the output, and discuss options for visualizations, storage, and retrieval of input data. Attendees will explore the evaluation tool in real time using Mentimeter to evaluate the qualitative characteristics of a test database.

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Leigh Ann DePope

Head Acquisitions Continuing Resources Data Svcs, University of Maryland College Park
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Stephanie Ritchie

Lead Librarian for Customer Service, USDA National Agricultural Library
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Jordan Sly

Research and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland, College Park

Wednesday November 6, 2019 5:30pm - 6:10pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel