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Tuesday, April 21 • 1:30pm - 2:50pm
Telling Stories with Library Data: Visualization Projects and Tools

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This panel will include both presentations and demonstrations, focusing on the use of data visualization and digital humanities tools in art libraries to elaborate on institutional narratives through existing or new data.

One presentation will explore how libraries can begin leveraging their data to create meaningful visual narratives and gain new insights about themselves. Through an examination of Watson Library’s use of Power BI – a powerful data visualization tool provided by Microsoft – at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it will investigate the way a library's data can be used to create visualizations that stakeholders can engage with, providing the context necessary for a compelling story. These visualizations allow one to see the evolution of a library over time, transforming numbers into narratives and giving stakeholders a deeper insight into the impact of the library.

Another presentation will give a brief overview of Ensemble@Yale, a crowdsourced transcription project using Zooniverse’s Project Builder that enlists volunteers to generate structured metadata from digitized theatrical performance programs in Arts Library Special Collections at Yale University. The ultimate goal is to create a database of people involved in these productions, which will be used to make the images and data searchable within the library’s digital collections interface. The data produced will enable new approaches to illuminating and researching this institutional history, and the presentation will also explore creative visualizations using samples of the final database.

These presentations will be followed by a demonstration of various data visualization and digital humanities tools that can be integrated into different stages of a project workflow. Drawing on the tools from the first two presentations—including Power BI, Project Builder, OpenRefine, Gephi, and Tableau—the demonstration will highlight out-of-the-box options for data collection, cleaning, visualization, and sharing.

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Michael Cummings

Assistant Museum Librarian, Systems, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Alex O'Keefe

Yale University
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Catherine Derose

Program Manager, Digital Humanities Lab, Yale University Library
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William Blueher

Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday April 21, 2020 1:30pm - 2:50pm CDT
Chase Park Plaza: Lindell A/B 212 South Kingshighway Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108