"N ow there are four chief obstacles to grasping truth, which hinder every man, however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to earn a clear title to knowledge; namely, submission to faulty and unworthy authority, influence of custom, popular prejudice, and concealment of our own ignorance accompanied by the ostentatious display of our knowledge."
Roger Bacon, Opus Majus.
- Putting the Best Findings Forward
- Paved with Good Intentions
- Bad Arrangements To Place Before School Children
- Data Detour
- Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful!
- Statistical Hearsay
- Honest-to-Goodness Transformation
- Assessment’s Top Models
- Fun With Numbers
- Indentured Certitude
- The Path of Most Resistance
- Data Are Not Psychic
- Beauty Is As Beauty Does
- Library Science
- How Do You Know That?
- Growing Young Minds June 19, 2013
- Blog: Student-Designed Apps Address Real University Research Needs June 19, 2013
- Inaugural Class of National Digital Stewardship Residents Selected June 19, 2013
- MEDIA ADVISORY: Report Highlights Roles of Libraries and Museums in School Success June 17, 2013
- Blog: Pilot Project Serves Free Summer Lunch to Kids in Libraries June 17, 2013
- Blog: AAHC Forum: Collections Management Initiatives: Big Things Are Happening at the Harvey B. Gantt Center June 13, 2013
Author Archives: raylyons
I think I’m getting jaded. I am beginning to wonder whether lobbying for balanced reporting of evaluation and research findings is a waste of time. With voices more influential than mine weighing in on the opposite side, I’m having trouble … Continue reading
It never hurts to revisit the basics of a method that we’ve chosen to apply to a task we want to accomplish or a problem needing solved. So, the recent announcement of the Library Edge benchmarks is a good occasion … Continue reading
To begin this episode I want to introduce you to a couple of historical ideas on best practices in graphical data presentation—or using the more modern term, data visualization. (The peculiar title I’ve chosen comes from this history. Read on … Continue reading
Nowadays libraries aspire to be data-driven. Almost everyone agrees that collecting and using data to improve organizational performance is a good thing. Implied in the various regimens promoting this idea (library assessment, managing-for-results, evidence-based practice, quality management, etc.) is the … Continue reading
The graphic below is a variant of one I blogged about in my prior entry. Its designers added a storm to create what might be called an inclement tug-of-war. This version of the graphic is from the Libraries Connect Communities: … Continue reading
I admit it. I’ve been suffering from a case of statistician’s block. No inspiring ideas for this blog have presented themselves since July. Well, actually, a couple did surface but I resisted them. Very recently, though, the irresistible “infographic” shown … Continue reading
A while back, in his 21st Century Library Blog Steve Matthews commented on some data appearing in a report entitled The Library in the City published by the PEW Charitable Trusts Philadelphia Research Initiative. Dr. Matthews was puzzled by an … Continue reading
I recently attended a library webinar where the question of the difference between outputs and outcomes came up. The main idea was that outputs are programs and services an organization delivers, whereas outcomes are changes that occur in recipients, or … Continue reading
After so much stuff about evaluation theory and practice in this blog, it’s time for some fun! And what better fun is there than fun with numbers?1 Let’s begin our diversion with a graph from my prior post shown here. … Continue reading