What is DART?

DART is a web app for managing your library's reference data. Toss your tally sheets in the recycling bin, because DART makes the process of capturing and analyzing your reference data as easy as point and click.

NOTE: in order to use DART you must be a library located within Colorado.

How Do I Use It?

DART gives you complete control over your library's data collection. You create and manage your users and their data collection options. DART offers the following categories:

  • Location (building)
  • Location (specific)
  • Patron Type
  • Question Type
  • Question Category (sub-category to Question Type)
  • Time Spent
  • Mode of Communication
  • Specific Mode of Communication (sub-category to Mode of Communication)
  • Staff Member
  • Question
  • Response

With the exception of Staff Member, Question, and Response, which accept full text inputs, you can create custom responses to each category. You can also see and use responses created by other DART libraries. The combination of categories and responses that you use is entirely up to you.

This flexibility gives you the ability to create data collection forms that range from simple:

…to complex:

What Else Can It Do?

Use DART to view and search your data:

Generate crosstab reports:

Or export your data in .csv format, which can then be analyzed in Excel, SPSS, etc:

How Do I Get It?

DART is developed, maintained, and hosted by Library Research Service, a unit of the Colorado State Library, as a service to libraries within Colorado. If you would like to learn more about how DART can help transform your reference analytics, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Dave Hodgins
Web Developer
Library Research Service