We noticed an interesting trend in the Mendeley workshops you are running. Not only are you running more events, but they also seem to be getting bigger! (We wanted to start sending out chairs as merchandise to help you accommodate all those extra attendees, but the mailroom guys said “Nooooo.” Apparently, the mailroom isn’t big enough!)
We think this growth is brilliant and we wanted to share the numbers with you:
As of September 10, 2019, you have run 275 events with more than 17,000 attendees this year. Sessions have an average of 63 attendees. In all of 2018, we had 125 events with close to 7000 attendees. The average was number of attendees 55.
Breaking it down by month, we see that there is a steady growth in the number of attendees per event. In January 2019, the average event had 50 attendees and by September 2019, events had an average of 78 attendees.
What’s driving the growth? Librarians! (We always knew we loved them.) We had virtual coffees with a few librarian Advisors to find out how you run events. While some of you are getting 200 people in a room for a class, most of you are doing a lot of one-on-one support through the reference desk but we are counting all the drop-in sessions as one event.
Lessons we learned: Not all events look the same! Some are a traditional class, but some are more individual coaching sessions spread out over the entire semester. We love them all, so keep at it and let us know if you need a merchandise to support your drop-in sessions.
Regardless of the form your event takes, we are happy to support it. To get merchandise and other support, register your event on the Mendeley Advisor Community page.
So it looks like maybe we don’t need more chairs yet, just bigger boxes to mail off all the merchandise!