By Wendy Sarubbi | October 3, 2011 10:45 am

Data can be fun and easy to digest, especially when served with a slice of pizza and a game-show spin. The next lunch-and-learn expo at the Harriet F. Ginsburg Library will focus on how Google Analytics is helping shape library services.

You will also find out more about the College of Medicine’s interlibrary loan program, says Public Services Librarian Shalu Gillum.

The hour-long expo, which is open to faculty and staff members, is scheduled for noon on Oct. 13. A free pizza lunch will be served, and space is limited to the first 45 people to sign up. UCF Card services also will be on hand to produce ID cards for employees who don’t have one or need to replace theirs. You need a UCF ID to get a library access number.

A movie featuring the College of Medicine’s library staff will explain the role of Google analytics, says library director Nadine Dexter. For example, the program can show staff how many users of iPads – or any Internet-friendly device – access the library’s digital offerings, what offerings are accessed, and what browsers are used. This information helps the library be more responsive to the needs of faculty, staff, students and the public, Nadine says.

“The library is alive and well,” she said, adding that she wants to showcase its services in a “fun way.”

After the movie, audience members can participate in the library’s version of “Jeopardy!” to win gift cards from iTunes. Attendees also will have a chance to participate in a raffle for gift cards.

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