Trends at a Glance: A Management Dashboard of Library Statistics

  • Emily G Morton-Owens Microsoft, Redmond, Washington
  • Karen L Hanson NYU Health Sciences Libraries, New York, New York,


Systems librarians at an academic medical library created a management data dashboard. Charts were designed using best practices for data visualization and dashboard layout, and include metrics on gatecount, website visits, IM reference chats, circulation, and ILL volume and turnaround time. Several charts draw on EZproxy log data that has been analyzed and linked to other databases to reveal use by different academic departments and user roles (such as faculty or student). Most charts are bar charts and include a linear regression trendline. The implementation uses Perl scripts to retrieve data from eight different sources and add it to a MySQL data warehouse, from which PHP/Javascript webpages use Google Chart Tools to create the dashboard charts.


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How to Cite
Morton-Owens, E. G., & Hanson, K. L. (2012). Trends at a Glance: A Management Dashboard of Library Statistics. Information Technology and Libraries, 31(3), 36-51.