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Data Visualization

A Guide to Visual Storytelling for Libraries

Edited by Lauren Magnuson

Data Visualization: A Guide to Visual Storytelling for Libraries is a practical guide to the skills and tools needed to create beautiful and meaningful visual stories through data visualization. Learn how to sift through complex datasets to better understand a variety of metrics, such as trends in user behavior and electronic resource usage, return on investment (ROI) and impact metrics, and data about library collections and repositories.

Sections include:

·Identifying and interpreting datasets for visualization
·Tools and technologies for creating meaningful visualizations
·Case studies in data visualization and dashboards

Data Visualization also features a 20-page color insert showcasing a wide variety of visualizations generated using an array of data visualization technologies and programming languages that can serve as inspiration for creating your own visualizations.

Understanding and communicating trends from your organization’s data is essential. Whether you are looking to make more informed decisions by visualizing organizational data, or to tell the story of your library’s impact on your community, this book will give you the tools to make it happen.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 248Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-4422-7110-4 • Hardback • September 2016 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-7112-8 • eBook • September 2016 • $90.00 • (£60.00)
Series: LITA Guides
Lauren Magnuson is systems and emerging technologies librarian at California State University, Northridge and development coordinator for the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI). Her interests include PHP, Python, analytics, and data visualization, as well as promoting open source technology in academic libraries. She has an MA in information science and an MEd in educational technology from the University of Missouri and a BA in philosophy from Tulane.
Data Visualization tells the library’s data story, not through dry statistics and text, but through real-life case studies from libraries that describe how data visualizations clearly illustrate such library roles as research activity, teaching information literacy, and collection development. This LITA Guide also describes tools libraries use to create the visualizations and demonstrates how data visualizations can convey library data in a quick, comprehensive, visually stimulating, entertaining way that emphasizes the importance and relevance of the library and its services to today’s populace.
Beverley E. Crane, Former Trainer & Instructional Desginer, DIALOG; and author of Infographics: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Data visualization can transform dry and complex data into fascinating insights and help librarians discover new patterns and trends easily missed otherwise. For this reason, data visualization is a highly relevant topic to libraries. Data Visualization: A Guide to Visual Storytelling for Libraries offers readers a practical overview of what it takes to visualize library data from data cleanup and preparation to design principles and specific tools and techniques through a number of interesting case studies, which illustrate how libraries can utilize data visualization for real-world benefits.
Bohyun Kim, Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library; and author of Understanding Gamification and The Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations.