Post-Conference Workshop: Visualising Data

We are delighted to offer an optional post-Conference workshop to Conference Delegates on Thursday 3 August.


Part 1: Data wrangling for communication, reporting and visualisation

Tableau and other visualisation tools advertise easy, drag-and-drop functionality as a way to better communicate information, however, library data (such as gate counts, survey results, and qualitative feedback) is rarely optimised in machine readable formats, which can be a substantial barrier to adopting these tools.

This first part of the workshop will teach participants how to confidently manipulate data for easier reporting and visualization. By helping participants recognise data structures and teaching them to clean, restructure, and manipulate data, participants will have the tools to effectively use the data they collect and set up a sustainable model for reporting and communication.

 Part 2: Visualising library data using Tableau

The second part of the workshop will provide practical, hands-on training on Tableau. Topics covered include designing worksheets and dashboards, visualising data using a variety of chart types; making the visualisations interactive using filtering, and the most common operations (creating groups, working with date and time data, quick table calculations, calculated fields).

Workshop facilitators

Maggie Faber

Maggie Faber is the Data Visualization and Analysis Librarian at University of Washington Libraries. She helps analyse and communicate assessment results and library-related data with interactive dashboards and visualisations.

Lauren Bjorn

Lauren works for Libraries, Research and Learning Resources (LRLR) at the University of Nottingham.  Using analytical and visualisation techniques she provides data-driven, evidence-based insight into the performance and development of the library’s services.  The interactive dashboards she creates allow all LRLR staff to understand how our libraries are performing internally and within the context of the wider higher education sector.

Intended audience

This workshop is intended for librarians who work with data regularly and are interested in data visualisation or improving their data wrangling. Basic Excel skills are necessary.


The workshop will run 9am – 5pm with a 1 hour break for lunch.


Social Science Library, Manor Road Building, Oxford (15 minutes walk from Keble College).


£150 including B&B accommodation in a single en suite room at Keble College; 7 hour hands-on workshop; all workshop materials; and lunch.