Greetings colleagues,


I wanted to share an exciting new special topics course that is being offered only this winter. Responding to the growing collection and use of data to inform library practice, we are offering the following Data in Libraries to library technicians. The course is fully online and, although it is worth academic credit, many will find the topics practical in nature and may provide folks with an important and evolving “edge”. They include:

Collecting and measuring data

Introduction to data preparation and analysis

Introduction to visualizing data: Charts, graphs, maps, and more

Introduction to data preparation and analysis

And more!


Registration is now open and those new to the University of the Fraser Valley will have to apply as a general interest student or as a student of our post-diploma certificate for library technicians. It involves a couple of steps but it ensures that you have a positive experience with us.


LIBT 399D Library Data Fundamentals.


This online 3 credit course is great for anyone who may collect, analysis, or report data in their workplace. As many workplaces are moving to online or remote work, a strong understanding of data fundamentals is important now more than ever.


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Course details:

Course:                LIBT 399D

CRN:                      15411

Credits:                 3

Instructor:           Colleen Bell, MLIS

Instructional Method: Online only. No meeting times.

Open to all students with 30 credits.


Course Description:

Libraries have access to a great deal of data, but deriving insight from it – using data to learn about or improve services, spaces, collections, and operations – often requires analysis and interpretation of the data. Library technicians are ideally positioned to assist in this work. This course focuses on the fundamental skills involved in working with library data, including: harvesting and collecting data; using commonly available software tools to prepare, clean, analyze, and visualize data; and contemplating issues such as privacy, ethics, and using data effectively for decision-making and communication.


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Christina Neigel, MLIS, Ed.D. (she/her)

Department Head and Associate Professor

Department of Information Studies

University of the Fraser Valley


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