October 26-28 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Sunday, October 25, 2015

W4 - Space Management & Tracking - This workshop has been canceled

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Jason Griffey, Founder & Principal Consultant, Evenly Distributed LLC & Affiliate - MetaLab @ Harvard

During the last 20 years, libraries have become more focused on their spaces and providing appropriate flexible workspaces for their patrons. Statistics show collection usage is shifting toward the dig- ital. Statistics about our spaces haven't changed and are still very rudimentary, focusing usually on gate count and supplementary stats derived from programs. Commercial businesses have been doing sophisticated space management tracking, using sensors of varying types to observe passively what people do in their spaces and reacting accordingly. This technology has been extremely expensive, but Griffey's Measure the Future project is trying to change that. Through the development of open hardware and open source software that will be freely shared with libraries, he hopes to enable libraries to better understand their buildings and provide a Google Analytics-style dashboard for the understanding of the decision-making process about what to measure, the hardware being used, and a demonstration of the uses of the camera-based sensors. Get a grasp on the need for new statistical measurements of library usage, what some of these measurements might be, and know where the application of open source hardware and software might be appropriate for your library.

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