PLA 2016 Preconference: Think, Do, Show

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The Data Trifecta – A Winning Combination

Zen and the Art of Excel

Excel File 1 – Quick Tips, Board, Chart, and Trend Line Exercises

Excel File 2 – Staffing and Budget Exercises

Data Visualization for the Rest of Us: A Beginner’s Guide

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What do jelly beans have to do with museum visitors?

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