Data on the Run: Data and Statistical Sources for Reference and Instruction

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
9:00 a.m. - noon


Gain an introduction to the essential numeric sources for supporting research and teaching—from fast fact statistics to raw datasets. Learn how to identify the primary producers of statistics and gain hands-on experience with numeric resources at all levels (i.e., published statistics, interactive databases, and more). Brainstorm ideas for incorporating numeric data into your library instruction sessions. Develop a toolkit for the data reference interview.

The preconference will be divided into three sections: First, the preconference will give an overview of how statistics and data fit into research processes. The presenters wil provide an introduction to the different types of numeric resources, the primary producers of local, national, and international statistics, and guidelines for navigating and choosing between these sources. Second, the preconference will introduce participants to the distinguishing characteristics of the data reference interview. Presenters will provide attendees with best practices and field-tested pro tips for conducting effective reference interviews for numeric research questions. Finally, participants will brainstorm ideas for incorporating data into library instruction sessions--including the use of data and statistics as primary sources.

The session will include: a rubric for evaluating numeric information sources, teaching techniques for increasing statistical literacy, sample classroom activities for incorporating statistics into a lesson plan, and guidelines for data citation. At the completion of this preconference, participants should be able to assist students and researchers locating, accessing, and evaluating numeric resources. The preconference workshop will include active-learning techniques such as think-pair-share and brainstorming and provide hands-on experiences with web-based resources. Participants will leave with a toolkit for incorporating data and statistics into their librarian practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct a numeric reference interview using flagship statistical sources to locate and retrieve statistics in order to answer a wide-range of reference and research questions.
  • Develop an effective search strategy for locating statistics and data.
  • Examine and assess various instructional techniques for incorporating data into the library classroom.


Lynda Kellam, Data Services and Government Information Librarian, UNCG; Katharin Peter, Social Sciences Data Librarian, University of Southern California


Separate registration fee required.  Due to limited space, preconference registrations cannot be confirmed until we have received and process payment.

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ALA Member $175
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Full-time Library School Student $75
Unemployed/Non-salaried ALA member 

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