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Lies, damned lies….and using statistics creatively [Event Ref. No. TG2/STAT]


4:45 pm

Event Type

Are you confused by the profusion of statistics that libraries keep and wonder what they’re actually for?

In this interactive session for staff involved in keeping and using statistics we will explore why we spend so much time and energy recording management information; look at some of the pitfalls to avoid in interpreting statistics or relying on them too much; and highlight cases where carefully managed collection and deployment of statistics can help you make a case for change.


Angus Brown, Team Leader User Services, Imperial College

Adam Edwards, Liaison Manager, Middlesex University

Matthew Lawson, Assistant Director Teaching & Research Support, Middlesex University.

* Attendees should bring with them 3 recent examples of statistics which their service collects (gate counts, induction sessions, book acquisitions etc)*


1.45-2.15pm: Registration and tea/coffee

2.15-2.20pm: Welcome and introduction

2.20-2.45pm: Painting with numbers: patience, practice and pitfalls

2.45-3.10pm: What are we counting? An exploration of current practice

3.10pm-3.30pm: Tea and coffee

3.30pm-4.15pm: Winning the argument with statistics: case studies

4.15-4.35pm: Deep Impact: "proving" your library makes a difference

4.35-4.45pm: Final comments and end of session.

The Court Room, Senate House, University of London, London WC1E 7HU; Website:

Please note that there are limited places available for this event.

To book a place please use our online booking form or email the administrator via

Cost: £50 for members and £75 for other institutions.

Cancellations less than one week before the event will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. In the event of a ‘no-show’ on the day, the full fee will be charged.

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