Data Wrangling and Visualization in Access Services
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From circulation and course reserves to interlibrary loan requests, service statistics, and gate counts, Access Services collects data from several different points, using various methods. But what do we do with all that data? And, in light of privacy restrictions, is it possible to get that data to connect? The Rockhurst University Library actively searched for solutions to its data problem as staff attempted to wrangle data into the visual stories that administration uses to quickly understand and make budget decisions. This presentation covers quick ways to clean messy data and prepare it for use as well as demonstrating how Access Services data can be displayed using low-cost or no cost visualization software.