Breakout: Observations: Data Hiding in Plain Sight
Starts @ 12:15 pm PT | 1:15 pm MT | 2:15 pm CT | 3:15 pm ET
Libraries use structured observations to gather data about patrons’ behavior, words, and interactions—such as how patrons navigate the library or children’s level of engagement during a program. During the pre-recorded lesson for this session, participants will learn about the purpose of observation, its strengths and limitations for library needs, examples of how libraries have used observation for outcomes-based evaluation and space planning, and guidelines for conducting observations. Participants will also receive examples of observation guides and data. Then, participants will complete an observation challenge during which they will conduct a (virtual) observation and record data. During the live session, participants will discuss their experience conducting the observation and have the opportunity to ask questions about the pre-recorded lesson. Attendees will also participate in a panel discussion with the instructors focused on how participants can plan and manage observations in libraries.