Everyday Statistics for Librarians

$300.00

Dates: May 1 - June 11

Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs

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.

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Session

Credits

2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

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

Jennifer SweeneyJennifer Sweeney is a management planning and evaluation consultant for libraries, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, and a lecturer at the Information School, San Jose State University. With a background of 18 years as a professional librarian, she has logged over 20 years of evaluation research in library program planning, process analysis, strategic and facilities planning, environmental action, diversity, literacy, and human services support. Dr. Sweeney’s research has included numerous studies on library program impact and quality, and educational program outcomes for minority and disadvantaged populations. She was the 2010 recipient of the American Library Association Diversity Research Grant, awarded to support a national study of library services to juveniles in detention. Her book, Literacy: A Way Out for At-Risk Youth (Libraries Unlimited, 2011) explores the challenges facing libraries serving juveniles in detention. Dr. Sweeney earned her MSLS at Catholic University and her PhD in Information Studies at UCLA. She is a trained facilitator in ToP (Technology of Participation) and the Leadership Challenge methods.

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Special Session

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.

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