The Time Has Come...To Build, Reflect, and Analyze Connections Between Qualitative and Quantitative Data

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2019-11-06
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Sly, Jordan
DePope, Leigh Ann
Frank, Cindy
Ritchie, Stephanie
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The Time Has Come...To Build, Reflect, and Analyze Connections Between Qualitative and Quantitative Data
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This poster will address the development process of a qualitative evaluation tool to aid in the thorough analysis of library resources at the University of Maryland. Specifically, our project looks at the use and added value of this tool for the building, reflecting, and analyzing connections between qualitative and quantitative data. This will allow for more meaningful justifications of budgetary decisions than compared to cost and use metrics alone. Given the necessity for meticulous review of continuing resources, our project addresses a request for enhanced transparency from the university faculty and library oversight body and serves as a useful tool for accountability and justification of impactful decisions for stakeholders internally and externally. We will discuss the extant literature and the need for this type of tool, the development process including the output planning and data input format, the initial reception of the project, and future goals and planning for our initial usage
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