This session was delivered live virtually via Zoom on Thursday July 16, 2020 at 3 PM as part of the American Association of Law Libraries annual conference with the theme: "Unmasking Your Potential".


Do you trudge through gathering statistics at fiscal or calendar year-end? Do you wonder why you track certain things, thinking many seem outdated or irrelevant? Many places seem to keep counting certain statistics because "that's what they've always done." For e-resources, how do you integrate those with physical counts and reconcile the variations (updated e-resources versus re-cataloged physical items)? What about repository downloads and other web traffic? The quantity of stats that libraries track is staggering and keeps growing. This program will encourage attendees to stop and evaluate what and why they're gathering data and help identify possible alternatives to tell stories. This program was sponsored by the Technical Services Special Interest Section.

  • Attendees will be able to apply best practices for evaluating their own methodology for statistics tracking.
  • Attendees will be able to identify new statistics and how to track them, as well as statistics they no longer need to track.
  • Attendees will be able to develop a new (or alter an existing) analytics reporting procedure for effective statistical storytelling.