Shout it from the Rooftop: Create Engaging Annual Reports - Virtual Workshop Series

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Virtual Workshop Reminders:

  • Attendees should plan to attend in real-time whenever possible.
  • Only virtual workshop registrants will have access to view recordings — links to these events will not be available in the Training Archive.
  • Virtual Workshops are live, interactive events featuring group discussions and breakout sessions.
  • Attendees should be prepared to complete brief readings and assignments between (or before) workshop meetings. Many Virtual Workshops are project-focused — read the Notes section below for additional details or requirements.

Virtual Workshop Series Description:

Libraries do so many great things for the communities we serve, and we have the data to back it up! At the end of the year, what do you do with all of that great information? Do you tell your stakeholders all of the amazing things your library has done? An annual report allows you to close the loop on assessment, tell your community members (and your administration) what your library has accomplished, and demonstrate the value of the work you do.

Creating an engaging annual report can be a daunting task. What should you include? What can you leave out? How do you find the data you need? It’s hard to know where to start. In this virtual workshop, participants will learn how to take an annual report from creation to completion.

Through hands-on activities and group work, participants will learn how to connect their library's accomplishments to their organization's larger goals. In this workshop series, we'll examine annual reports from different library types to determine what works and what doesn't, learn how to find and use data wisely, and pay special attention to digital accessibility and tools for creating an annual report.

Attendees of this workshop will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the basic elements of an annual report and identify their target audience (stakeholders)
  • Walk through the steps of creating an annual report that demonstrates impact on their organization or community's larger goals
  • Discuss how to collect and use data as evidence of your library's accomplishments
  • Examine various report styles from different library types
  • Explore tools for creating their annual reports
  • Discuss key issues, such as digital accessibility
  • Identify ways to disseminate the annual report to a larger audience.


  • Attendees should have a copy of their organization's mission, vision, and/or strategic plan.


Meeting Dates and Times:

March 31, 2021, 1-3 p.m. - Introduction to Annual Reports (Part 1)

April 7, 2021, 1-3 p.m. - Gathering Data for Annual Reports (Part 2)

April 21, 2021, 1-3 p.m. - Designing Accessible Annual Reports (Part 3)

April 28, 2021, 1-3 p.m. - Making the Most of Your Annual Reports (Part 4)


  • OhioNET members can register at no cost using the button above.

March 31st, 2021 1:00 PM through April 28th, 2021 3:00 PM
Phone: 1-800-686-8975
Event Fee(s)
OhioNET Members $ 0.00
Non-Members $ 400.00
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Event Details
Presenter Name Kristin Cole (Otterbein University)
Presenter Background

Kristin Cole is the Assessment and Special Projects Librarian at Otterbein University, a position she has held since 2017. She discovered her love of librarianship as a student worker at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She graduated with an MLIS in 2009 and an M.Ed in Instructional Technology in 2013, both from Kent State. Since then, she has worked in many different roles in libraries, including cataloging, instruction, and distance learning. As an assessment librarian, she is passionate about letting the world know about all the wonderful things libraries do for their users.

Training Track Data Analysis & Assessment
Who Should Attend This virtual workshop is ideal for staff from all library types and would be useful to anyone is involved with collecting data or making reports.
CE Contact Hours 8