The NUL Task Force on Data & Data Collectors created a survey designed to discover library staff member’s interest in data-related activities, skills and experience, regardless of whether these skills or interests are currently being utilized. The results of this survey could help to identify and maximize the use of existing staff skills, maximize collaborative projects across departments, and expand capacity to take on new projects through development of new skills sets.
The survey contained just 3 questions and could be completed in 3-4 minutes:
1. How would you rate your proficiency in each of the following areas?
2. Regardless of your proficiency in these areas, would you be interested in participating in projects related to the following if the circumstance arose?
3. Do you have other skills or interests related to data or metrics--e.g., text analysis, GIS, citation analysis? Please identify the activity and indicate whether this is a skill you have or an interest of yours.
Areas of expertise listed in Q.1 and Q.2:
Access (Microsoft software)
Creation of Graphs & Charts
Data analysis & interpretation
Data archiving & storage
Ethnographic research design
Focus groups research design
Pre/post activities testing
Qualitative research methods
Statistical software (SPSS, SAS, Stata, etc.)
Statistics (descriptive, regression
Survey instrument design
Survey research design (sampliing, time-series, training)
Voyager data extraction