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Data Clean-up and Management: A practical guide for librarians

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Data use in the library has specific characteristics and common problems. Data Clean-up and Management addresses these, and provides methods to clean up frequently-occurring data problems using readily-available applications. The authors highlight the importance and methods of data analysis and presentation, and offer guidelines and recommendations for a data quality policy. The book gives step-by-step how-to directions for common dirty data ...

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Data Clean-Up and Management: A Practical Guide for Librarians

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Overview

Data use in the library has specific characteristics and common problems. Data Clean-up and Management addresses these, and provides methods to clean up frequently-occurring data problems using readily-available applications. The authors highlight the importance and methods of data analysis and presentation, and offer guidelines and recommendations for a data quality policy. The book gives step-by-step how-to directions for common dirty data issues.

  • Focused towards libraries and practicing librarians
  • Deals with practical, real-life issues and addresses common problems that all libraries face
  • Offers cradle-to-grave treatment for preparing and using data, including download, clean-up, management, analysis and presentation
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"This excellent book is highly recommended; it will be keenly sought out and become a well-used tool. Whilst a key text for students of this subject, it is also particularly suited for staff using Excel, Access and other applications to improve the quality of the information available for decision-making."—The Australian Library Journal, Vol. 63, No. 1, 2014
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Meet the Author

Margaret Hogarth is Electronic Resources Coordinator and Subject Specialist for Environmental Sciences, Water and Soils for the University of California, Riverside Libraries. She has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MLIS from San Jose State University and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from California State University, Fullerton. She has been a librarian since 1999.

Kenneth Furuta, a Reference/Information Technology librarian for the University of California, Riverside Libraries. His B.A. was a double major in Psychology & Music from the University of California, Riverside. In addition to his MLS from the University of Arizona he has a Masters of Administration (emphasis in Management Information Systems) from UC Riverside. He has been a librarian since 1990.

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Table of Contents

Introduction (why this book is needed)
Commonalities
Defining data
Types of data issues
Microsoft Excel techniques
Data clean-up in Excel
Excel: combining data
Additional tools
Access techniques
Access forms
Access reports
Access queries
Data clean-up in Access
Access – combining data
Strategies for missing data
Qualitative data
ROI
Data collection and analysis
Data quality policy

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