For Monday & Tuesday this week I am in Durham, NC attending the EBL/IP conference. The noon luncheon featured a talk by Dr. Griffiths on an approach to applying return on investment (ROI) studies to libraries and academic institutions. While the talk went into great detail, one of the most interesting comments was a short section on how the library chose to report data. They tuned documents to specific user populations and took an opportunity to have some dedicated space in a local newspaper to publish a single statistic/graphic every month (ala USA Today). Dr. Griffiths indicated that these statistics were very widely used and consumed as compared to the more complete reports!
The afternoon included a session on EBL in collection management and evidence based approaches to information literacy instruction.