Welcome to The Data Issue, where we tackle some of the challenges and solutions that the age of Big Data presents us with. Ann Glusker looks at the secret pitfalls of data (p. 5) and gives librarians the tools to analyze different aspects of data collection and analysis. Betha Gutsche and Kate Laughlin (p. 8) consider the importance of good design principles as we harness massive amounts of data into charts, graphs and more complex infographics. Jim Loter addresses a problem unique to libraries: how to learn about patron behavior while maintaining patron privacy and distinguishing between de-identifying and anonymizing patron data (p. 11). Lisa Fraser outlines how King County Library System used data analysis alongside other methods to discover new information about the communities they serve (p. 14), while Leah Griffin and Craig Seasholes demonstrate how data has been used to successfully advocate for teacher-librarians (p. 15).
The previous issue’s theme, “Reimagine,” continues to inspire contributors in this issue: Molly Allen shows you new ways to raise awareness (and money) by fundraising for your library (p. 16); and Tami Echavarria Robinson looks at how Whitworth University reimagined library instruction using the latest information literacy standards for higher education (p. 17). Audrey Lorberfeld looks at the continued importance of catalogers by examining how translated objects are cataloged and perceived by users (p. 19), while Sherri Boggs discusses the process, and challenged assumptions, while developing a local collection at the Spokane Public Library (p. 22). Diane Cowles celebrates a successful program that teaches immigrants basic computer skills at an urban elementary school (p. 24) while Clancy Pool shares an inspiring story of one person’s commitment to reading by awarding grants to rural libraries (p. 25).
I have the pleasure of introducing a new column: Read This Book! Reviews and Opinions by Teacher-Librarians. In this inaugural column, four members of The Puget Sound Council for Review of Children’s and Young Adult Literature review exemplary nonfiction titles for audiences from Pre-K through high school. It will be a perfect companion to I’d Rather Be Reading, where David Wright discusses 2015’s best fiction and nonfiction that deals with race. And don’t forget to see the latest and greatest news and events from libraries statewide in Communiqué.
Alki Editor: Frank Brasile
Alki Editorial Committee: Diane Cowles, committee chair; Molly Allen; Sheri Boggs; Kelly Evans; Sean Fullerton; Becky Ramsey; Tami Robinson; Anna Shelton; Tony Wilson
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by Darcy Brixey
by Frank Brasile
by Ann Glusker
by Betha Gutsche and Kate Laughlin
by Jim Loter
by Lisa Fraser
by Leah Griffin and Craig Seasholes
by Molly Allen
by Tami Echavarria Robinson
by Audrey Lorberfeld
by Sherri Boggs
by Diane Cowles
by Clancy Pool
by Thom Garrand, Teresa Bateman, Kathy Jensen, and Eve Datisman
by David Wright