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Thursday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Open Source Data Visualization for Resource Sharing: An Ivy Plus Libraries Project

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In order to better understand scholarly use of a vast collective collection - both within and without our 13-library partnership - Ivy Plus Libraries 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.

In this session we will discuss the Ivy Plus project and goals, the framework’s IMLS-funded history, and basic architecture, myriad use cases, and creative opportunities for future extensibility and connections with third-party systems common to libraries. Come learn how you, too, can analyze the larger-than-you-might-expect Resource Sharing data universe.

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Heidi Nance

Director of Resource Sharing Initiatives, Ivy Plus Libraries
Heidi Nance is the Director of Resource Sharing Initiatives for the Ivy Plus Libraries, which include Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale libraries. Her portfolio includes... Read More →

Joe Zucca

Associate University Librarian, University of Pennsylvania