A big thank you to our members who responded to the APLA Continuing
Education interest group survey in March! We heard you and we are working
on ways to provide remote and thoughtful professional development
opportunities that are relevant to you and to our region. One initial way
we intend to do this, while many of us are working remotely, is by
providing a monthly informative email from the interest group. Our first
email comes to you in the form of a review from interest group member Ben
Mitchell (NS). Enjoy!

Review of *The Teaching Librarian: Vol 27. Issue 3. May 2020*

The Ontario School Library Association has made the May edition of *The
Teaching Librarian*: *data at your library* free and available online
This issue reflects on how to acquire meaningful data about the impact of
libraries, and provides some suggestions to help librarians access,
collect, assess, represent, and protect that data.

The issue features interviews with Mona Chalabi about various impactful
ways to represent data to make it meaningful for different audiences and
with Deanna McFadden, publishing director at Wattpad, about the nature of
the platform and how it might be used to make data-informed decisions.
Anita Brooks Kirkland writes about how to assess the effectiveness of
summer lending programs. Dianne Oberg provides five helpful approaches to
providing evidence of library impact in “School Library Impact: Seeking
Evidence.” The issue also features a handy, accessible breakdown of the
research process as it applies to demonstrating the impact of libraries
taken from the Canadian School Libraries Research Toolkit. Kimberly Senf
provides five easy to use online resources to help communicate data and
research with appealing visuals, which complements Mary Chisholm’s
infographics and article on how to use them. In the article “Using
Infographics to Tell Your Library Story,” Beth Lyons reflects on the
process of using a monthly infographic to share the story of a library
learning commons.

Trish Hurley provides a helpful list of databases for young learners to
undergraduates in “Databases @ Your Library: Reliable, Authoritative and
Curated” and argues for the value of specific databases, such as ProQuest,
and what they have to offer that Google cannot. Kasey Whalley discusses how
imaginative and effective usage tracking and representation of usage data
helps paint a more complete picture of library use beyond traditional
circulation statistics in “Data on the Rise: Finding Value Despite
Diminishing Circ Stats.” Whalley asks readers to reflect on where, when,
and how data should be collected in the library setting, and what kinds of
use count as data. She also defines open data and provides several
resources in “Open Data for Your Library.” Finally, Carlo Fusco shares ways
of understanding and evaluating password security in “Understand Passwords
to Protect Your Data.”


*Cate Carlyle*


VP Nova Scotia, Continuing Education IG Convenor

Atlantic Provinces Library Association

CRC Coordinator, Mount Saint Vincent University

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