Using Data to Demonstrate Value
2020 led to many challenges for Texas libraries where we closed our doors to the public, navigated budgets cuts, and transitioned to remote work. This experience pushed us towards new levels of data driven decision making and evaluation. Over the last year, we discovered useful methods of using data to demonstrate value of library departments, collections, and programs. This presentation will go into detail on how McDermott Library at the University of Texas at Dallas used readily available data points to influence decision making through the difficult times. Further, we will discuss methods on how to provide examples of reporting worker and departmental productivity. The goal of the presentation is to provide the library community real life examples that can be used to further express their value to their institution and community.