October 9, 2015

Visualizing Library Statistics: Academic Library Ebook Holdings, 2002-2010

Graph Courtesy of Data-Planet

Click the graphic or this link to view an interactive version and additional data.

This post marks the beginning of a new feature on LJ‘s infoDOCKET where we will share interactive visualizations of library and library related statistics using data sets from several sources.

We would like to thank Matt Dunie and the team at Data-Planet for allowing infoDOCKET to use a new of their database and visualization technology.

This version is so new the beta has yet to be released. It will become available as a beta later this month.

What You’re Viewing

What you see above is a static image of an interactive graphic (with additional data) that you can access by either clicking this link or by clicking on the image itself.

The following visualization provides a look at trend graph showing the number of ebooks held by academic libraries from 2002-2010.

The data comes from a National Center for Education Statistics data set. Information about the survey including questions can be found here.

Clicking to view the interactive version of the graph will also provide you with options to view FY 2010 academic library ebook data in multiple ways:

  • Ranking by State
  • Heat Map of U.S.
  • Ranking by Institution
  • Map of Institutions
  • Most Recent Data

You’ll also be able to save the material in XLS, CSV, or PDF formats. Of course, background information about the data set as well as a citation are provided.


As we mentioned earlier, we’re tapping a pre-beta release of a new Data-Planet product some of the additional links you’ll find on the page are live while others are not. Also, the relevance of some of the additional results you can tap will vary as Data-Planet works towards the beta release.

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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