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13th Annual Conference | March 4-7, 2018 | Austin, Texas & Online


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Wednesday, March 7 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
W09: Visualizing Library Data with Tableau Public

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A successful data visualization can tell a powerful story with numbers. In recent years many libraries have started to use the data visualization software Tableau to help analyze the library data we collect and to communicate library impact and values to the community: How many visitors we have per year? How much money we spend for an electronic journal and what is the usage? What is the circulation per capita for this branch library?

The workshop will begin with an introduction to the various types of data that all libraries work with: bibliographic records, statistics, survey data, etc.. The participants will learn about the characteristics of library data and methods that are most suitable for visualizing the library data. The participants will learn how to use Tableau Public, a free version of the Tableau software, to create interactive data visualization including basic chart types, thematic maps and data dashboards. Good data visualization comes from “clean” data. As such this workshop will have brief introductions to tools and procedures that can be apply to clean library data for visualization. The workshop will also introduce the participants to design principles for data visualization and different types of data visualization tools (free or commercial).

This workshops will be available to in-person attendees only and requires an additional ticket. It will not be available via the Online Conference. 


Esra Coskun

Collections Analysis and Planning Specialist, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Jen-chien Yu

Director of Library Assessment, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday March 7, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Room 106