Connecting communities through a passion for data visualization in libraries: The Visualizing the Future Symposia [slides]

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Jo Klein, Geospatial and Data Visualization Librarian and Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Slides from a presentation given at the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit in Santa Fe, NM, on March 11, 2020. The Visualizing the Future (VTF) Symposia is an IMLS National Forum Grant-funded community of praxis focused on envisioning the future of data visualization services and instruction, made up of librarians and information professionals from institutions across the United States. This group aims to advance data visualization instruction and move beyond hands-on, technology-based tutorials toward a nuanced, critical understanding of visualization as a research product and form of expression. Before meeting at the first VTF Symposium in August 2019, fellows started individual projects covering a range of topics, which critically engage the practice of data visualization. These topics include how data visualization can be used to tell stories, activate empathy, and drive social change, the ethical obligations for creators of data visualizations, and the best way to impart these best practices to future generations, among others. At the August 2019 Symposium, VTF fellows discussed individual project outcomes in the context of the group’s mission and set goals for deliverables to be created by the symposia to advance data visualization services and instruction. These deliverables include a repository of example data visualizations, datasets, and other materials for use in developing instruction, resources to help new librarians get started with data visualization services, and a manifesto summarizing the role of libraries in data visualization and connecting themes of fellows’ individual projects. In this panel, members of the VTF community will discuss: -The individual projects that fellows conducted leading up to the symposia and how they relate to the mission of the group and serve the data visualization community as a whole -The role of librarians and libraries in data visualization instruction -The role of data visualization and instruction in our communities and in communication of research and data to the general public -Current research and upcoming deliverables of the VTF Symposia

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Language: English
Date: 2020
data visualization, data literacy, librarians

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