course syllabi, textual data analysis, teaching faculty, library collections, library services, non-library data sources, librarian collaborations, text mining, data mining, academic libraries
Within the academy, what data sources provide insight into the ways in which teaching faculty rely upon the library’s spaces, services, collections, and people? Pepperdine University Libraries devised a system to evaluate undergraduate course syllabi using the data analysis software NVivo. Though syllabi are formulaic and lack details about individual assignments, librarians can skillfully mine them with ease to uncover how the library is of value to teaching faculty. This chapter will provide a case study of how institutions can use qualitative data analysis software to discover, interpret, and share the value of the library from the perspective of faculty.
Academic Libraries and the Academy: Strategies and Approaches to Demonstrate Your Value, Impact, and Return on Investment
Mullally, Colleen; Whitt, Jeremy; and Mitchell, Casey Ann, "Cracking the Code: Course Syllabi Unpacked, Decoded, and Documented for Evidence of Library Value" (2018). Pepperdine University, Faculty Open Access Publications. Paper 155.