ERIC Number: EJ1119206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Data Visualization to Examine an Academic Library Collection
Finch, Jannette L.; Flenner, Angela R.
College & Research Libraries, v77 n6 p765-778 Nov 2016
The authors generated data visualizations to compare sections of the library book collection, expenditures in those areas, student enrollment in majors and minors, and number of courses. The visualizations resulting from the entered data provide an excellent starting point for conversations about possible imbalances in the collection and point to areas that are either more developed or less developed than is needed to support the major and minor areas of study at the university. The methodology used should offer a template to follow for others wishing to examine their collection and may prove valuable for adjusting expenditures, suggesting service opportunities or for marketing pieces of the collection that had been hidden before graphical analysis.
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Materials, Data, Data Analysis, Visualization, Library Services, Enrollment, Expenditures, Comparative Analysis, Majors (Students), Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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