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Data Visualization Services

Data Visualization Librarian

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Glenn Bunton
University of South Carolina Libraries
1322 Greene Street
Thomas Cooper Library - L2.341
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

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Learning Sessions Offered by the University Libraries

Each semester, the University Libraries offer learning sessions on various data visualization topics and techniques.

In addition to regularly scheduled sessions, if you wish to schedule a session for your course, please use the link below:  

The following data visualization learning sessions are available during the Fall 2023 semester: All sessions will be offered online via Microsoft Teams. Registration is required.

See What I Mean? Foundations of Data Visualization
A picture may be worth a thousand words but are they the words you want to say? During this session, we will define data visualization, describe its primary uses, briefly review where some of the ideas came from, and explain the scientific basis underlying what makes data visualization work. A variety of examples will be shared.

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Wrong: Creating Effective Data Visualizations
Data visualization can be very effective, very ineffective, and sometimes blatantly wrong. This session will share basic principles of effective and ineffective data visualization, tips for success, and effective color use. We will review and discuss examples of effective and ineffective visualizations. We will also discuss issues of ethics and accessibility.

Making Good Choices: Selecting Appropriate Data Visualization Types and Tools
All data visualization types and tools are not created equal. Microsoft Excel offers over 20 different chart types but not all are useful for all data visualization purposes. This session will discuss strengths of different types of data visualization types, using examples. We will then explore various data visualization creation tools, describing their strengths.

Introduction to Tableau for Beginners
Tableau is the pre-eminent user-friendly software application used to create static and interactive data visualizations and dashboards. This workshop will cover Tableau's look and feel, how to load data, and basic visualization options. Attendees can follow along with their own Tableau instances.

Excel-lent Data Visualizations: Creating visuals in Microsoft Excel
Many, if not most of us, have used Microsoft Excel at some point to manage data in spreadsheets. Were you aware Excel offers over 20 different visualization options? This workshop will review those options and explore how to make use of them. Example data sets will be provided if attendees wish to follow along with their own instances of Excel.

R You Aware? Introduction to Creating Visualizations using the R Language
R is a programming language commonly used for data analysis and visualization. This workshop will provide a general overview of data visualization capabilities in R, discuss why you may wish to use R, and provide a few examples. A basic familiarity with R and R Studio will be beneficial. This is NOT an R programming workshop.