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Saturday, November 8 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Collection Data Visualization: Seeing the Forest through the Treemap

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Collection management is one of the more complicated responsibilities in librarianship. In this task, the librarian must simultaneously synthesize the needs, desires, and aspirations of the instiution, departments, and individuals. While much of this is elusive qualitative data that may not yield a definitive answer, we also have increasingly accessible hard data from our integrated library systems (ILSs) that we can synthesize to complement it. In the latest generations of ILSs, this information is readily available to use for statistical analysis and visualization. When it comes to our increasingly limited materials budgets, it is important to make sure that we make the best decisions possible, thus it is advantageous to analyze all the data at our disposal.

This presentation will introduce a web application that produces live statistics from the ILS. The system uses datapoints, including collection use and metrics which describe a collection (e.g. age, quantity, etc.). This system goes beyond traditional charts and graphs by employing several visualization techniques that lend a unique perspective to these datapoints. The particular techniques allow collection managers to visualize multiple datapoints simultaneously and reveal data correlations that might not otherwise be obvious.The audience will be encouraged to participate in the presentation by asking questions or sharing their own experiences throughout via either social media or conventional means.

Attendees can expect to learn about modern ILS data extraction methods, cleaning/sorting of that data, and charting in traditional two dimensional graphs as well as more recently developed visualization techniques such as treemaps.

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Jeremy Brown

Assistant Dean for Technical Services & Systems, Mercer University Library

Geoffrey Timms

Systems Librarian, Mercer University Libraries
In his sixth year at Mercer University and as a member of the Library Systems Department, Geoff spends much of his time working on web applications for library use. He also manages electronic resources. Recent collaborative projects include creating dynamic item maps in the library... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Cypress North, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401