Data Manipulation and Analysis for Libraries
October 22 - 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
The ability to manipulate data can make a long project short or an impossible project possible. Data analysis is critical when designing solutions and applications for libraries, as well as for understanding users’ information needs and patterns of use.
Often, the data we need to use is not available in a form that works for us. We may need to load users from a MS Word Table into a SirsiDynix symphony database or Unix, gather statistics from web server logs, or analyze data for a report. For large files, it may not be possible to even consider processing the data manually.
In Data Manipulation and Analysis for Libraries, you can learn the basics of making data do what you need. Learn to use readily available software to create load files, statistical reports, to separate or aggregate data, and to analyze your web logs. A software CD containing useful utilities and a manual containing useful information for both Windows and Unix/Linux will be included. You will learn shortcuts for handling information and how to use utilities such as grep, sed, and awk to make your life easier and more productive. Click for more info!
Recommended: Some familiarity with Microsoft Office productsTime: Four Hours