Open Source Data Visualization for Resource Sharing by Heidi Nance and Joe Zucca

In order to better understand scholarly use of a vast collective collection – both within and without our 13-library confederation – the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is leveraging MetriDoc, an open-source framework devised by a library for libraries, to create a generalizable data analysis infrastructure and visualization service. MetriDoc gathers, normalizes, and presents BorrowDirect consortial Resource Sharing data as well as ILLiad (interlibrary loan + document delivery) data from all 13 Ivy Plus Libraries—more than 500,000 transactions, annually. It integrates seamlessly with Tableau or other commodity statistical applications, thus allowing staff in any functional area (Assessment, User Services, Collections, IT, Technical Services, User Experience, Research & Instruction, etc.) to query, download, and interpret resource sharing data to support a variety of one-time or ongoing assessment projects.

This session provides an overview of project goals, the framework’s IMLS-funded history, basic architecture, myriad use cases, and creative opportunities for future extensibility and connections with third-party systems common to libraries.

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