Intro to Data Visualization: Tools and Skills, Part 1

Wednesday, 11/7/2018
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented on November 7, 2018. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

This is part 1 of a two-part series. Intro to Data Visualization: Tools and Skills, Part 2 is the companion to this webinar.

This course introduces common concepts of data visualization to build a working foundation for anyone to use with any tool. In addition, participants will explore a range of visualization software and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.

In part 1 of this two-part series, participants will gain the fundamentals needed to create visual analyses through a combination of supplementary text regarding data visualization and examples using Tableau software. It will also provide lists of helpful resources, offer a practice data set to work with, and explore the options available to those using Tableau Public.


Learning Outcomes

This webinar will provide participants with a basic framework for developing visualizations. Participants will come away with tools for basic data clean-up, visualization structure, calculations/filtering, and formatting. Secondly, participants will come away with knowledge of some proprietary and open options for creating visuals.

Who Should Attend

Library staff interested in available data visualization tools and gaining translatable skills for a variety of software options.


Reed Jones works for the University at Buffalo in the University Libraries Annex. He has both an interest in and experience with database architecture, reporting, analytics, and data visualization with a focus on fulfillment, delivery, and access statistics. He holds an MA in History and an MS in Information and Library Science from University at Buffalo.



A recording of this webinar is now available since the six-month date of the presentation has passed.

How to Register

No registration required.

Tech Requirements

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