VALA2020 Session 16 Danaee

Finding new ways to illustrate the library story: data visualisation as a way of demonstrating impact

Thursday 13 February 2020, 2:55 – 3:25

Kathleen Smeaton
  • Associate Director, Digital Scholars Hub
  • The University of Queensland
Dana Danaee
  • Media Designer, Digital Scholars Hub
  • The University of Queensland

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Libraries collect vast amounts of data; from statistics about user interactions with resources and hits on webpages, to repositories that store research outputs. While libraries have started to facilitate different ways of interacting with their collections, such as real time visualisation of catalogue searching, ways of presenting the data libraries collect are largely unexplored. Demonstrating impact is a critical issue for academic libraries, as the ways these libraries influence our users’ learning, teaching and research are often difficult to measure. This paper explores how visualising the Library‚Äôs data in new ways can be a starting point for conversations about what the Library does and the impact that it has on users.

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