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Modern Data Analysis Comes to the Library, What Is It and Why Would I Want to Do It? An Introduction to Data Mining Tools

Date : Mar 08, 2006
Start Time : 11 a.m. Eastern
Length : 00:56:50

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If you are a library executive who is looking for better ways to analyze the what, when, where, and why of your institution, you won't want to miss this exciting institute. A number of remarkable developments in business applications software has revolutionized data analysis. Not only can these new tools provide an understanding of underlying data but, with a few mouse clicks, it frequently can also offer sound support for decisions, helping you discover relationships without a need for program knowledge.

This session will discuss two such SirsiDynix applications, Director's Station and the Normative Data Project, both of which bring modern business intelligence tools to library data. Using Director's Station, you can examine the data from a library or consortium to help you develop strategies for carrying out your institution's mission; with the Normative Data Project, you can analyze data from all public libraries in the U.S. that gives you a powerful management tool to better serve your customers. And this is just for starters. So don't miss out on this important SirsiDynix Institute.

Bob Molyneux ?Chief Statistician, SirsiDynix

Bob is Chief Statistician at SirsiDynix where he works primarily on the Normative Data Project to collect, analyze, and publish data on statistics related to libraries. He has worked with library data for over twenty years. Bob has worked in academic libraries, a public library, and shelved books in his elementary school library. He taught in three library schools where most recently he taught a variety of classes dealing with the integration of computers and networking technology in libraries. Personally Bob is a bit miffed that anyone can now do real data analysis through NDP and Director's Station without having to write complex programs in languages that took years to learn well. He is also sad that no one in the future will have to suffer has he did in learning that stuff. But he is happy and looks forward to sharing this information with those of you who join us for this informative presentation.

He holds his baccalaureate from the University of Virginia, an M.S.L.S from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University), and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina. He has published numerous monographs and articles on a range of topics related to libraries, library data and statistics, and information technology.