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Visualizing Electronic Resources
Data Using a Statistics Dashboard
Marie R. Kennedy
Marisa Ramirez
2015 ACRL poster presen...
The purpose of a dashboard
“A dashboard is a visual display of the most
important information needed to achieve one or
mor...
The goal for our dashboard
Our goal is to present librarians with
information pertaining to electronic
resource usage in a...
Potential users of our dashboard
Primary user group: Our university’s librarians
may use it for evidence-based decisions a...
Dashboard content
• Brief narrative content (quick facts,
glossary)
• Graphic information (charts, Top-10 lists)
• Links (...
Data maintenance
As the content found in the brief narrative,
graphic, and list areas are summaries of
our university’s fi...
Limitations of our dashboard
Librarians agree that COUNTER statistics are more
meaningful than non-COUNTER statistics; our...
Dashboard formats we considered
(and examples)
LibGuide-based:
http://law.okcu.libguides.com/content.php?pid=
344895&sid=2...
Why we use Google Sites
• Visually customizable (not bound by the
templates in commercial products)
• Easily updatable
• (main site screen shot)
• (e-books tab screen shot)
Assessment
• Informal feedback
• Survey of our university librarians
Build your own
If you have questions about how to design your
own dashboard, contact us.
Marie R. Kennedy: marie.kennedy@l...
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Statistics are necessary to measure the usage of acquired materials. However, visualizing those statistics is often difficult due to daunting amounts of raw data. A dashboard was created in order to compile and simplify usage statistics from library material that includes e-journals, databases, and e-books, as well as facts related to print periodicals. Using Google Sites as the home for the dashboard webpage, usage statistics are readily available to librarians from any location.

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Visualizing electronic resources data using a statistics dashboard

  1. 1. Visualizing Electronic Resources Data Using a Statistics Dashboard Marie R. Kennedy Marisa Ramirez 2015 ACRL poster presentation https://sites.google.com/site/eresstatistics/
  2. 2. The purpose of a dashboard “A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives: consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance.” (Few, S. (2006). Information dashboard design: The effective visual communication of data. North Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly. )
  3. 3. The goal for our dashboard Our goal is to present librarians with information pertaining to electronic resource usage in a manner that is quick, clear, and simple.
  4. 4. Potential users of our dashboard Primary user group: Our university’s librarians may use it for evidence-based decisions at subscription renewal time, as well as using the linked data sets for research projects. Secondary user group: You! We have released the data under a Creative Commons license so that it can be benchmarked, re-mixed, and improved.
  5. 5. Dashboard content • Brief narrative content (quick facts, glossary) • Graphic information (charts, Top-10 lists) • Links (raw data)
  6. 6. Data maintenance As the content found in the brief narrative, graphic, and list areas are summaries of our university’s fiscal year reporting data, these areas will be updated annually, during the month of August.
  7. 7. Limitations of our dashboard Librarians agree that COUNTER statistics are more meaningful than non-COUNTER statistics; our dashboard contains only COUNTER data. Over time we may decide to gather non-COUNTER statistics for electronic resources, if the publisher provides them. Gathering these statistics is a current low priority since they cannot be compared to other statistics but may be useful for informal decision- making if it is the only data about the use of the product provided by the publisher.
  8. 8. Dashboard formats we considered (and examples) LibGuide-based: http://law.okcu.libguides.com/content.php?pid= 344895&sid=2861234 Wiki-based: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Wiki_Statistics Web-based: http://library.indstate.edu/dashboard/
  9. 9. Why we use Google Sites • Visually customizable (not bound by the templates in commercial products) • Easily updatable
  10. 10. • (main site screen shot)
  11. 11. • (e-books tab screen shot)
  12. 12. Assessment • Informal feedback • Survey of our university librarians
  13. 13. Build your own If you have questions about how to design your own dashboard, contact us. Marie R. Kennedy: marie.kennedy@lmu.edu Marisa Ramirez: marisa.ramirez@lmu.edu https://sites.google.com/site/eresstatistics/

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