Everyday Statistics for Librarians
Instructor: Jennifer Sweeney
Dates: January 6th through February 14th, 2020
Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs
This confidence-building course presents simple statistical techniques in everyday language for doing the types of calculations useful in library settings. The course will describe the purpose of simple statistical functions, and demonstrate how to apply these easily to survey or other data. Participants will learn to use spreadsheet software to execute basic equations and conduct simple statistical tests This course provides ample opportunity for practice and feedback every step of the way. Microsoft Excel will be used for examples, practice, and assignments.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Use spreadsheet software to calculate basic descriptive statistics such as mean, median, mode, standard deviation, and skew.
- Analyze frequency distributions of variables such as survey responses
- Calculate rate of change to understand trends
- Conduct simple tests of independence and association
- Determine statistical significance
- Create graphs to illustrate basic numerical facts
Jennifer Sweeney is a program evaluation consultant for libraries, other public agencies, and nonprofits, and lecturer at San Jose State University, Simmons College, and Drexel University. Dr. Sweeney developed measurement instruments for K-16 educational interventions for the University of California, Davis School of Education, and provided evaluation services for the California Center for the Book, the California Library Association, and Smith & Lehmann Consulting. Previously, she was library analyst at the UC Davis Library, reference librarian at the American University Library in Washington, DC, and business librarian with Cost Engineering Research, Inc. in Arlington, VA. Interview with Jennifer Sweeney
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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