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1 V ISUALIZING L IBRARY D ATA SLA Division of Pharmaceutical and Health Technology Spring Meeting Hilary Davis North Carolina State University Libraries April 12, 2011

2 L IBRARIES MEASURE A LOT OF THINGS

3 W HY DO WE MEASURE T HESE THINGS ? Value for money or time Use of collections and services Demonstrate worth and fit Support decision-making Better user experiences Align with organizational goals

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5 G OALS F OR P RESENTING L IBRARY D ATA Impactful Drive home our point quickly Lingering impact Easy to digest

6 Q UICK P OLL What is your primary spreadsheet and graph/chart making tool? Flickr: ganzalo_ar

7 M INIMIZE N ON -D ATA INK What do you find distracting? What makes it harder to interpret?

8 S EQUENCE THE DATA Before

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10 What makes it hard to read these charts? What time period does this data cover? What are the units of measure? G IVE C ONTEXT

11 B E S TRAIGHTFORWARD Before

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13 D E -C LUTTER E XCEL Remove those grid lines No 3-D bars Throw away the pie chart Label your axes Remember the units Order the data Whats your point? Dont overwhelm Choose the best graph/table for your data Excel Chart Templates Flickr:smemon87

14 D ATA V ISUALIZATION T OOLS Microsoft Excel Google Gadgets ManyEyes Tableau Public Swivel – defunct Information Dashboards Flickr: JanneM

15 G OOGLE G ADGETS

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18 T ABLEAU P UBLIC

19 E XAMPLE – J OURNAL B ACKFILES C OST PER U SE Excels defaults dont do the data justice

20 T ABLEAU P UBLIC E XAMPLE

21 S OURCES FOR INSPIRATION

22 C REDITS Beautiful Data (Segaran & Hammerbacher, 2009) Show me the Numbers (Few, 2004) Now you see it (Few, 2009) Lisa Kurt and Will Kurt, University of Nevada Reno Edward Tufte Cory Lown (http://www.slideshare.net/corylown/data- visualization ) Thanks!


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