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MLA CE webinar – Data Visualization Skills and Tools for Librarians

  • 10/28/2015
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center, Dallas, Texas

The University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center will host the MLA webinar – Data Visualization Skills and Tools for Librarians – on Wednesday, October 28, from 1 – 2:30 p.m., and HealthLINE members are invited to join us.


Directions and parking information: http://library.utsouthwestern.edu/about/directions.cfm

Location: Library Admin Conference Room (E3.314E)


While the Library is badge-access only, you are able to get to the conference room without a badge; you just need to walk a little more.  Instead of entering the Library’s front entrance, turn to the left (stay inside the building!) and follow the corridor (past the UTSW Nobel Laureate portraits!) until you get to the Building E elevator lobby (to the left of the University seals).  Take the elevators or stairs up one level (to the 3rd floor) and then follow the signs to the Library Admin Office Suite.


If you are interested in attending, please RSVP directly to jon.crossno@utsouthwestern.edu.  All attendees are eligible to earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours, and the participant’s manual will be distributed by email to registered attendees prior to the event.



Visualization can be a powerful and compelling way to convey information and to reveal complex patterns in data. Many libraries are beginning to explore how they can help their users develop skills in creating visualizations and provide services and tools for creating visualizations. This webinar will provide an introduction to best practices for creating visualizations, drawing on design theory and principles, visual perception, and the “Grammar of Graphics” framework for visualization. Viewers will also learn about how to select the right visualization tool or software for the job and where to learn more to expand their visualization tool box.



After viewing this webinar, attendees will understand how to:


  • convey complex data using visualization
  • use principles of design to create visually appealing and informative visualizations
  • create highly customized visualizations based on the “Grammar of Graphics”
  • identify tools and software that can be used to design a variety of different types of visualizations
  • plan to create a visualization service at their library
  • find resources to learn more about creating visualizations



Lisa Federer currently serves as research data informationist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library, Bethesda, MD, where she provides training and support in the management, organization, and reuse of biomedical research data and is a colead for the NIH Library’s new Data Visualization Service. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and an e-book on new roles for librarians in supporting research and data management. A member of MLA since 2009, she has served the organization in a variety of capacities at the national and local level, including as a member of the MLA Futures Task Force (January 2013–October 2014), an MLA ’12 blog correspondent, and chair of the Plenary Speaker Committee for the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona/Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group 2013 Joint Meeting.

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