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Thursday, November 3 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Worth a Thousand Words: Using Visualizations to Examine Collections Usage

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This presentation will explore how the University of Wisconsin-Madison is using tools like Tableau to facilitate the manipulation of large data sets and to develop visualizations that assist in the description and analysis of collections. In this presentation we will discuss how UW has used visualizations to easily tell the story of collections usage to library and campus audiences and how UW is developing tools to assist librarians with collection management decisions. We will trace our process beginning with the assumptions library staff and campus stakeholders make about the use of collections through the formulation of concrete questions, identifying and mapping data points for answering those questions and the subsequent exploration of data sets. The presentation will describe our iterative process for developing and refining visualizations and provide an overview of data processing techniques and tools used. We will also discuss the reaction we have received from inside and outside the library as we shared the presentation of library data.


Steve Meyer

Digital Architect, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Doug Way

Associate University Librarian for Collections and Research Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Doug Way is the associate university librarian for collections and research services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he provides leadership for the library's collection development and management, resource sharing, and scholarly communications programs. Doug has written... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 2:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Cypress Ballroom South, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401