Thursday, November 6 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Data Visualization in the Library: Tips and Tricks for Communicating Clearly (and Earnestly)

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The data visualization revolution that has changed the way people consume information online, through the mass media, and in print also has relevance for the dissemination of library data. Conveying information graphically can be a great way to advocate for increased funding, shifts in collection development priorities, or other changes to library policies, procedures and collections. A well-planned and aesthetically pleasing infographic does not require extensive graphic design experience, and the results will often find a wider audience than a traditional written report.This session will cover some common tools and strategies for incorporating data visualization into library work and will also touch on some of the benefits, and possible pitfalls, of using infographics to convey information to administration, colleagues, and library patrons. The presenter will outline her experiences transforming reams of data from a collection development project at Westfield State University into orderly, accessible graphics. Attendees will walk away with a list of user-friendly applications and resources to help them begin to explore data visualization on their own.

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Becca Brody

Collection Strategy Librarian, Westfield State University
I am a reference/instruction librarian who fell into the e-resource and serials management world by accident. I also recently finished an MPA in nonprofit management, which encouraged me to think more broadly about how to encourage organizational change and move data-informed projects... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Cypress Grand Ballroom, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401