Wednesday, November 2, 2011

THE SIXTH WINTER INSTITUTE ON STATISTICAL LITERACY FOR LIBRARIANS (WISLL)

The University of Alberta Libraries will be hosting its sixth Winter Institute on Statistical Literacy for Librarians (WISLL) February 22-24, 2012. 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.

Please note that this workshop will not provide instruction about how to conduct data analysis or library assessments, although some examples will include the use of data to demonstrate how statistics are produced. The instructional focus is on making online statistics more accessible to librarians and their patrons.

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
- Interpreting 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 representations of statistics
- Challenges in finding statistics for small geographic areas

The conference is restricted to 30 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration fee is $250.00, which includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch for all three days.
Due to the limited enrolment, we ask people to pay their registration fee within two weeks of completing the online registration form.

For more information please visit http://wisll.library.ualberta.ca. Please note that registration will open November 14, 2011.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Dalmer, WISLL Coordinator, at: wisll@mail.library.ualberta.ca.