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Apr 24 / Kimberly

Using Good Data and Great Stories to Communicate Value

Earlier this week I attended a fantastic symposium hosted by Dysart & Jones, Defining New Metrics for Library Success. Held at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, the 2-day event focused on libraries in all sectors who must work to identify their stakeholders, and the unique value libraries can demonstrate to those stakeholders.

Attended by over 100 information professionals from across North America, sessions covered the opportunity and importance for libraries to understand the motivations of their stakeholders, and to build strategies for data collection to support their success stories and inform stakeholders to make good decisions.

I presented the study I co-authored, “So Much More: The Economic Impact of the Toronto Public Library to the City of Toronto.” The focus of this presentation was the importance of knowing exactly what evidence your stakeholders need — and then presenting that evidence in a way that’s easy to understand. In the case of this study, we were fortunate in that Toronto City Council specified exactly what they wanted, and in turn we were very clear on what evidence, backed-up by data, that we needed to provide.

I have posted my presentation on SlideShare; all presentations can be viewed via the Defining New Metrics for Library Success web site.

Apr 14 / Kimberly

Government of Canada Announces Appointment to Library and Archives Canada

Via email from the Canadian Library Association:

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover today announced the appointment of Guy Berthiaume as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of five years, effective June 23, 2014.


Apr 11 / Kimberly

SLA Announces Candidates for 2015 Board of Directors

Yesterday, SLA announced the 10 candidates who are standing for election to fill 5 positions on the 2015 SLA Board of Directors. The candidates are:

For President-Elect:

  • Jim DelRosso, Cornell University Libraries, Ithaca, New York – @niwandajones
  • Tom Rink, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma – @coplibrarian

For Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • David Cappoli, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California – @dcappoli
  • Kim Silk, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – @kimberlysilk

For Division Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • Ruth Kneale, National Solar Observatory, Tucson, Arizona – @desertlibrarian
  • Valerie Perry, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, Kentucky – @vperryky

For Director (2 positions)

  • Kevin Adams, Institute of Environmental Science & Research, Christchurch, New Zealand – @saywhat32
  • Dr. Saif Al-Jabari, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
  • Elaine Lasda Bergman, State University of New York at Albany Libraries, Albany, New York – @elainelibrarian
  • Catherine Lavallée-Welch, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Library, La Crosse, Wisconsin – @englib

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