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Day Two: Statistics for Advocacy

October 20, 2015

Libraries need numbers, statistics and evidence to advocate and lobby for resources. Statistics are a vital issue for library associations and libraries who want to influence political processes.

Track The Traffic (TTT)

Is an instrument for studying user behavior in libraries and in other public spaces. It is based on tours of observation through the public areas of the library. The observers follow a fixed route and note down what the users are doing as they pass them. Activities  easy to observe are recorded: is the user sitting or standing? Is he/she alone or in a group? Is he/she engaged with digital or printed media (or no media at all), etc. The tours are repeated at regular intervals throughout the day and week. This means that the universe of behavior is sampled rather than continuously observed.

Today we shall conduct observation tours in MUBS library.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2015 8:03 am

    This is really gd for us Librarians. We need to embrace it.

  2. October 20, 2015 8:38 am

    Another day of learning. Statistics are very important in all aspects of life, Libraries also need them to inform decisions and advocate for more computers, space and furniture. I have learnt a new way of collecting, interpreting and presenting library statistics. Thank you

    • October 20, 2015 10:13 am

      …Surely statistics are the eyes of our bosses and the good news is that they now have eyes

      • Agnes Kanzira Namaganda permalink*
        October 22, 2015 9:21 am

        Go for it. Carry out library advocacy using statistics

    • Agnes Kanzira Namaganda permalink*
      October 22, 2015 9:24 am

      We need a multiplier effect. Go out there and train others.

  3. October 20, 2015 10:07 am

    Thanks a lot Agnes for the presentation. I have personally used this TTT after that CPUT Workshop and it has really worked for me. I was a real game changer for me.
    It’s awesome.
    Kudos!!

    • Agnes Kanzira Namaganda permalink*
      October 22, 2015 9:23 am

      Indeed I was happy when you shared your learning experience during the session. You were able to lobby management to make changes at your library using library statistics. Other colleagues can use it as a case study. Thank you.

  4. October 20, 2015 10:59 am

    Am so grateful to madam Agnes for having introduced me to the TTT as an observation guide, actually in our Library we only had manual statistical methods using the counter books where our students sign when borrowing information materials.But now have learnt using the TTT method which covers almost all activities in the Library.Sincerely have loved the session.

    • Agnes Kanzira Namaganda permalink*
      October 22, 2015 9:18 am

      I hope you will pass on the skills to other librarians

  5. October 20, 2015 11:26 am

    This has been an exciting day, before this training I did not think much about collecting all this kind of statistics and how important it is in backing up our proposals for the various library developments. Thank you Agnes 🙂

    • Agnes Kanzira Namaganda permalink*
      October 22, 2015 9:14 am

      Evidence-based librarianship. We need to explore

  6. October 20, 2015 12:39 pm

    TTT will help us as librarians to advocate for improvement of resources and working conditions in our libraries since it is a great tool for evaluating the services which our libraries provide to the users. It also helps us librarians to keep update about the trends of our users in the library.

    • Agnes Kanzira Namaganda permalink*
      October 22, 2015 9:12 am

      You can use statistics for library advocacy and lobbing. Librarians need to re-position themselves in order to remain relevant

  7. Musigire Rashid (IUIU) permalink
    October 20, 2015 12:58 pm

    It is a great tool that should embraced all librarians

    • Musigire Rashid (IUIU) permalink
      October 20, 2015 1:00 pm

      it is a great tool that should be embraced by all librarians

      • Agnes Kanzira Namaganda permalink*
        October 22, 2015 9:31 am

        It is the way to go – library analytics

    • Agnes Kanzira Namaganda permalink*
      October 22, 2015 9:10 am

      It begins with you, train others, disseminate widely in the end all librarians will be brought on board.

  8. October 20, 2015 4:17 pm

    I love the idea of sharing statistics with all stakeholders as a way of inspiring usage and winning over more support. Library champions would be instrumental in advancing the library agenda drawing talking points from a well conducted study based on a test the traffic tool. Bravo Agnes, CUUL and Latina.

    • Agnes Kanzira Namaganda permalink*
      October 22, 2015 9:30 am

      Librarians need to proactively advocate for improved library services. The idea of identifying champions is crucial.

  9. October 21, 2015 6:54 am

    Its a very appropriate training and excellent,statistics will help us improve on our working conditions in our libraries.its very interesting and i promise to apply it in my institution thanx Madan Agnes long live LATINA.

    • Agnes Kanzira Namaganda permalink*
      October 22, 2015 9:09 am

      Jane you are spot on, we need to lobby and advocate for improved library services backed by empirical data. Library analytics is the way to go

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