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January 1, 2017

We like to look at things, including the new year stretching out before us, a bit differently, and within the context of larger systems and landscapes. If you do too, we've made this printable 2017 calendar and timeline of interesting dates in the history of libraries, museums, publishing and computing just for you! Download it and print it out, and appreciate our historical moment all year long.

PDF (13" x 19"). Don't have a large enough printer? Send us an email, and we'll mail you a full size printed copy!

December 12, 2016

Athenaeum21 is pleased to announce the public release of “Library Assessment Toolkit & Dashboard Scoping Research Final Report and Path Forward." The report is the culmination of a six-month research project in collaboration with the University Library of the University of California, Davis; the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford; and the Staats und Universitätsbibliothek, Göttingen, Germany. The research project examined  how libraries currently assess their resources and services, and areas of opportunity to streamline and visualize library performance through a common and customizable set of key performance indicators (KPIs) and dashboard modules.

The research team interviewed library assessment leaders and practitioners across diverse institutions and geographies, and reviewed the current landscape of technology, tools, and services addressing their needs.

The report concludes that "the majority of library managers approach assessment an...

December 6, 2016

Athenaeum21's Dr Christine Madsen presented "The Future of Finding at the University of Oxford" at December's Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) meeting in Washington, DC, along with Catriona Cannon, Deputy Librarian & Keeper of Collections at the Bodleian Libraries, of the University of Oxford.

Dr Madsen works at the intersection of cultural heritage and technology and is expert in building large-scale systems that use technology to connect researchers, teachers, and students with library and learning resources. She is co-founder and principal of Athenaeum21 Consulting, where she works with libraries and museums around the world on digital strategy and innovation.

Good resource discovery tools are not simply about making research easier and faster, but about facilitating the creation, preservation and discovery of knowledge by enabling new modes of research, especially across disciplines. In 2014 the University of Oxford began a program of activ...

November 2, 2016

Athenaeum21's Megan Hurst presented "All Your Data Displayed in One Place: Scoping Research for a Library Assessment Dashboard & Toolkit" at the Association of Research Libraries' Library Assessment Conference in Washington, DC, along with Frankie Wilson, Head of Assessment at the Bodleian Libraries, of the University of Oxford.

In January 2016, Athenaeum21 was engaged to lead a multi-institutional, international research and scoping study to define the nature and feasibility of a library assessment executive dashboard and toolkit to enable libraries to centralize diverse collection, usage, administrative, and financial data, and to more easily visualize, analyze, and utilize the data. The study investigated the need and high-level requirements for a toolkit to enable library administrators to utilize commonly shared performance indicators and formulas to create their own dashboards, and the ability to customize indicators and formulas as needed. The i...

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