Imperfect attendance: Trends in digital scholarship outreach and activities at Indiana University and beyond

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Homenda, Nick
The Indiana University Libraries Scholars' Commons opened in 2014, offering a place for hands-on training sessions and presentation series such as the Digital Library Brown Bag Series. Additionally, groups and departments from within and outside the Libraries began offering consultation sessions in the Scholars' Commons, often discussing the same topics as these events with faculty, staff members, and students. Throughout this time, various streams of data were collected in the form of sign-in sheets, post-event surveys, and consultation tracking forms. Could these data sets be used to tell us more than just the numbers of attendees? In late 2017, Erika Jenns, former Scholarly Engagement Librarian, and I conducted analyses on approximately three years of data collected from consultation, presentation, and workshop events held in the Indiana University Libraries Scholars' Commons. This presentation will highlight trends gleaned from these findings and will attempt to answer questions such as:
 What is the best time to offer a workshop?
 Who is attending consultation sessions, presentations, and workshops at the Indiana University Libraries?
 What tools and technologies could be taught more frequently in workshops due to high interest in consultation sessions?
 This builds upon previous analyses by Michelle Dalmau, Head of Digital Collections Services, that compares local digital scholarship activities with data from a 2014 Ithaka S+R report on digital humanities at four research institutions, including Indiana University. This presentation will also detail how all of this analysis can be used to inform future programming development and approaches to consultations in the Scholars' Commons.
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