Creating a Reference Analytics dataset

With Reference Analytics you can:

  • Track questions asked regardless of user location or library service:
    • LibAnswers
    • In Person
    • IM (chat)
    • SMS (text message)
    • Email
    • Every other way you provide assistance
  • Define the data you want to track: location, patron type, question type, or whatever data is important to your library!
  • Use multiple datasets to track everything important in your library! Track one set of data for reference stats, another set for circulation, another set for programming, another for archives, and/or whatever else you want to track!
  • Go beyond Tick Sheets and effortlessly analyze your data from many angles.
  • Gather valuable data about how questions are answered and tie it to the actual question and answer. Instead of just knowing how many reference questions were answered at the reference desk, knowwhat the questions were, what time of day they were asked, and who asked them. This helps you target/refine other materials and services toward that group of users.
  • Gather reference statistics and build your LibAnswers knowledge base simultaneously. Better insight into data and a robust knowledge base leads to better service, a more useful web site, and improved library services!
  • Know at a glance what your busiest days/times are for answering questions, where most questions are being asked, how they are asked, etc. and then make more informed staffing decisions.

Creating a new dataset

  1. Go to Admin > Ref. Analytics.
    • Note: only admin-level accounts can create new datasets.
  2. Click the Add another dataset button.
    1. The first dataset is created automatically for a site and is called Reference Analytics. To modify this dataset, click on the Edit dataset () icon under the Actions column.
  3. On the Add a Dataset modal:
    1. Give your dataset a Name.
    2. Choose a color for the dataset from the list of examples or add your own hex code.
  4. Click Save.

creating a new ref analytics dataset, step 1

creating a new ref analytics dataset, step 2


The base subscription to LibAnswers allows for 5 Analytics datasets. Contact the Sales team to increase your subscription allowance.

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