32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Thursday, November 8 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Using Data Visualization Tools for Collection Analysis

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This poster session will share our assessment of data visualization tools like RapidMiner, ManyEyes, DabbleDB, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and Google to determine the most practical and feasible way for a small academic library to analyze our collection and demonstrate the value of library collections. Librarians at Marymount University in Arlington, VA are exploring ways to use data visualization for collection analysis on a shoestring and without a programmer. With a large cut to our budget at a University moving to zero-based budgeting, we needed to be able to demonstrate the value of library collections, identify collection strengths and weaknesses, and allocate funds to support the most critical areas of the curriculum. We are collecting patron borrowing data from our ILS, electronic resource usage data, and pairing it with program information . Attendees can expect to learn about free and inexpensive ways to use data visualization tools for collection analysis and to show the University community the value of library collections.


Barbara Siller

Technical Services Librarian, Marymount University

Gwen Vredevoogd

Collection Development Librarian, Marymount University
Gwen Vredevoogd is Collection Development Librarian at Marymount University.  She has been an academic librarian for fifteen years, coordinating collection management to support the curriculum, managing electronic resources, providing reference and liaison services, and teaching... Read More →

Hongqiang Mason Yang

Electronic Services Librarian, Marymount University
Mason Yang has been the Electronic Services Librarian at Marymount University since Feb, 2010. Before joining Marymount University, he worked as a Reference Librarian for the Loudoun County Public Library for 4 years. Mason Yang started his professional career as a part-time librarian... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
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