Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data
31 May 2013 | 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
OCLC and Northwestern University Library invite you to join us on 31 May for an engaging symposium on the break-through opportunities and operational challenges of turning data into powerful analyses and purposeful action for academic libraries and the campuses they serve. We will explore how shared user, usage and collections data are changing academic libraries.
Our keynote speaker, Northwestern Professor Larry Birnbaum, will share his experience in translating data into meaningful stories. Big data can lead to greater insight; can artificial intelligence further process it to create narrative meaning?
Local academic librarians Dave Green, Deborah Blecic and Kim Armstrong will form a panel to discuss how they deploy shared library data: understanding user behaviors through the ERIAL project; analyzing the wealth of usage data to guide collecting and purchasing of electronic resources; and informing CIC’s work on shared print repositories.
Finally, Dorothea Salo from the University of Wisconsin–Madison will consider big data in libraries: Does it exist—and do we have it? How do we collect and share it? What skills and tools do we need to use it?
Throughout the day, you’ll have opportunities to ask questions, discuss these topics with your peers and brainstorm action items to pursue at your library. The event is free to attend, and OCLC will provide lunch and refreshments.