*Apologies for cross-posting.


The University of Alberta Libraries will be hosting its sixth Winter
Institute on Statistical Literacy for Librarians (WISLL) February 22-24,
2012. This training event will provide strategies and skills for
finding, evaluating and retrieving online published statistics and will
be useful to information professionals working in academic, public and
special libraries.

Please note that this workshop will not provide instruction about how to
conduct data analysis or library assessments, although some examples
will include the use of data to demonstrate how statistics are produced.
The instructional focus is on making online statistics more accessible
to librarians and their patrons. 


Topics to be covered include:

- A framework for thinking about published statistics
- How statistics are derived from data
- The importance of definitions, standards and classifications in
understanding statistics
- Using metadata to find statistics
- Interpreting statistical metadata
- Evaluating statistical sources
- Choosing official and non-official statistical sources
- Tools and strategies for locating statistics
- How to cite online statistics
- Geographical and spatial representations of statistics
- Challenges in finding statistics for small geographic areas

The conference is restricted to 30 participants on a first-come,
first-serve basis. The registration fee is $250.00, which includes
continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch for all three days.
Due to the limited enrolment, we ask people to pay their registration
fee within two weeks of completing the online registration form. 

For more information please visit
<> . Please note that registration will open
November 14, 2011. 

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact
me at: [log in to unmask]

Nicole Dalmer
WISLL Coordinator

*Please note that I am in the Data Library at the following times, and
will respond to any inquiries as soon as possible:

- Tuesday morning
- Wednesday afternoon
- Friday all day