During the pandemic, many libraries implemented the LibCal seat reservation system to help with social distancing and contact tracing. As libraries return to pre-pandemic norms, how can libraries continue to take advantage of the LibCal seat reservation data? In this presentation, Jena will demonstrate how Kelvin Smith Library used their LibCal seat reservation data to create heat maps of the library spaces in Tableau. They then used these heat maps to make decisions as they reset the library spaces for the fall semester. The value of mapping this data allowed them to uncovered trends that would have been very challenging to identify without visual mapping. Attendees of this presentation will learn how to get started with their own heat maps and how they can use this data for better decision-making!
Jena Styka is the Assessment and Administrative Project Coordinator at Case Western Reserve University, where she uses data and data visualization to help the library with strategic decision making. She has been with Case since 2018, after graduating from the College of Wooster and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree. This is Jena’s first professional presentation and she hopes you will come away feeling just as excited about your data as she is!
Library Type: Private Research University
Demographic Served: Students and faculty
Population Size: Approx. 12,000 students and 3,700 faculty and 3,200 staff
Library Staff Size: 50
Plan for Fall 2021 both course if any and library instruction: Mainly in-person
Twitter: @kelvinsmithlib, Instagram: kelvinsmithlibrary