May 22, 2022

Research Article: “Using Data Visualization to Examine an Academic Library Collection” (Preprint)

The following approved for publication research article is scheduled for final publication in the November 1, 2016 issue of College and Research Libraries (C&RL).

Using Data Visualization to Examine an Academic Library Collection

Jannette L. Finch
College of Charleston

Angela R. Flenner
College of Charleston


via C&RL Website


The authors generated data visualizations to compare sections of the library book collection, expenditures in those areas, student enrollment in majors and minors and number of courses. The visualizations resulting from the entered data provide an excellent starting point for conversations about possible imbalances in the collection, and point to areas which are either more developed or less developed than is needed to support the major and minor areas of study at the university. The methodology used should offer a template to follow for others wishing to examine their collection, and may prove valuable for adjusting expenditures, suggesting service opportunities or for marketing pieces of the collection which had been hidden before graphical analysis.

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