Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Winter Institute on Statistical Literacy for Librarians (WISLL) - Edmonton


The University of Alberta Library will be hosting its fifth Winter Institute on Statistical Literacy for Librarians from February 23-25, 2011. 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.

This workshop will not provide instruction about how to conduct analysis or library assessment, although some examples will include the use of data to demonstrate how statistics are produced.

The instructional focus is on making electronic online statistics more accessible as information to librarians and their patrons. The 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
- Knowing how to interpret 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 representation of statistics
- Addressing the challenge of 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, which includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch.
Because of the limited enrollment, we ask people to pay their registration fee in advance to hold a seat.

Because of limited enrollment, participants in previous workshops are kindly asked not to register in 2011. We appreciate your cooperation.

For more information and to register, visit http://wisll.library.ualberta.ca.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at wisll@mail.library.ualberta.ca.