Reference Transactions to the Rescue: Using Libstats to Enhance Library
Instruction, Direct Staff Continuing Education, and Make Effective
Danielle Theiss-White Jason Coleman Kristin Whitehair
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ALA 2008 Poster Session
Sources For Additional Information About Libstats
Theiss-White, Danielle, Jason Coleman, and Kristin Whitehair. “Moving Beyond the Hash Mark:
Capturing the Whole reference Transaction for Effective Decision Making,” Library Data:
Empowering Practice and Persuasion. Ed. Darby Orcutt. Chicago: Libraries Unlimited,
Kansas Libstats Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/kansas-libstats
This group contains presentations and handouts from conferences and workshops
where one or more of the authors have provided information about Libstats.
Google Group created by the developers of Libstats: http://groups.google.com/group/libstats
Where to Get Libstats and How to Install it
Libstats is open source software and can be downloaded for free at the Libstats’ Google Code page:
http://code.google.com/p/libstats/. That page also provides links to an installation guide and a
How to Perform a Data Dump and Import the Data into
1. Enter the date range, specify a library and then a location or all locations. Then click Run
2. After you click the “Run Report” button, you’ll see this pop-up window. We recommend saving
3. Next, open excel and import the data. (Data – Import External Data – Import Data)
4. The text import wizard will open. Select delimited file.
5. Then indicate that commas are used for the delimiters and click the finish button.
6. When you click finish, the import data box will open. Select Existing worksheet and click OK.
7. The data should appear something like this: