Spreadsheets for Librarians
Getting Results with Excel and Google Sheets
Learn how to use spreadsheets for dozens of purposes in public, school, university, and special libraries.
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Work smarter and save time with the librarian's guide to the hidden-in-plain-sight secrets of Excel, Sheets, and other types of spreadsheets.
While some librarians have become very skilled at using the full power of Excel and Sheets to turn data into useful and valuable information, for many librarians the relevance of spreadsheets—and how to use them—is not necessarily obvious.
This book demystifies Excel and other spreadsheets. Starting from basic concepts, the book progresses to advanced implementations important to librarians in areas such as collection management, including evaluation and benchmarking; research assessment, through the creation of sophisticated bibliometric measures; and library design, based on an analysis of patron behavior or the creation of a keyword map of physical collections. Real-life examples highlight a variety of techniques and shortcuts that can be immediately applied to libraries of all kinds.
Spreadsheets for Librarians is a book for the desk, not only the library shelves. No prior knowledge of spreadsheets is needed, and readers can expect to learn skills that will enhance their reputation as information and data professionals.
- Illustrates spreadsheet techniques that are immediately applicable in a wide variety of library contexts
- Explains the potential of readily available data as a means to enhance individual and institutional performance in the library and information sector
- Helps librarians think like data and information specialists
- Showcases skills that are portable and independent of more narrowly-focused software packages
- Shows how to communicate more effectively with IT specialists
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"In this instructive and accessible text, Bruce White enthusiastically champions the use of Excel by librarians, focusing on how they can use this powerful application to help make many of their day-to-day processes more efficient and their decision-making better informed. Illustrated by well-worked and relevant examples from a range of types of library and information services, White walks readers step-by-step through the basics of navigating around and setting up spreadsheets, through using formulas, on to pivot tables and beyond. For both new and more experienced users, this book will be of great support to librarians in their use of Excel for a wide variety of data management, analysis, and visualization purposes."
"Experienced users of Excel and other spreadsheets will find this book useful in going to the next level."