ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 288, an issue focusing on how research libraries are using data visualization to improve their services and to communicate their value. The two articles in this issue were presented at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, Washington, in August 2014.
In an introduction to this issue of RLI, Martha Kyrillidou provides an overview of the two articles and briefly discusses potential future applications of data mining and visualization in research libraries.
Rachel Lewellen and Terry Plum compare two implementations of the MINES (Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services) for Libraries protocol at UMass Amherst. In the second implementation of MINES for Libraries at UMass, the library used Tableau data visualization software to analyze and report its e-resource usage data.
Jeremy Buhler, Rachel Lewellen, and Sarah Anne Murphy demonstrate how they have used Tableau to create online dashboards and interactive graphics and reports at the University of British Columbia, UMass Amherst, and The Ohio State University, respectively. The authors discuss the impact their libraries’ use of Tableau has had on their ability to interpret data and communicate with library stakeholders.
The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:
Business Intelligence and Data Visualization with Tableau in Research Libraries
Assessment of E-Resource Usage at University of Massachusetts Amherst: A MINES for Libraries® Study Using Tableau for Visualization and Analysis
Rachel Lewellen and Terry Plum
Tableau Unleashed: Visualizing Library Data
Jeremy Buhler, Rachel Lewellen, and Sarah Anne Murphy
Research Library Issues no. 288 (2016) is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.
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