Poster presented at the 2019 Special Libraries Association (SLA) annual conference.
Abstract: In 2018, the University of Cincinnati Libraries’ Research & Data Services (RDS) unit unveiled a new Visualization Laboratory (Viz Lab) and expanded service model including data visualization/data analysis. The RDS unit has its roots in STEMM and currently includes informationists, librarians and technical consultants who engages with researchers across all disciplines. The Viz Lab and its associated services are the culmination of several years of planning and implementation. This poster will share lessons learned and good practices with our visualization space and service planning, including considerations for space design, service and training models, staffing and assessment. In addition, this poster will describe the early impact of our efforts, as seen through consultation logs, trainings and campus outreach, space usage and grants activity. We will also reveal some future directions for RDS, including plans to increase integration of the Viz Lab and data visualization/data analysis services into the university’s teaching and research missions.
Acknowledgments: Amy Koshoffer, for creation of the Research & Data Services consultation log dataset and database structure.
Poster submitted to 2014 Dublin Core Metadata Initiative International Conference. Stemming from a project to convert metadata from Dublin Core to VRA, the University of Cincinnati Libraries outlines a successful workflow to improve vendor-generated metadata for a large digital collection of archival materials.
As an increasing number of universities expand programs globally, libraries are seen as an essential partner for this endeavor. Some library units are fully or semi-fully integrated into these academic programs. The University of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA) and Chongqing University (Chongqing, China) introduced the first co-operative engineering education program in China in 2013. Since this time, the University of Cincinnati library has been striving to connect American faculty and Chinese students in three main areas:
1.utilizing library websites and social media for reference, instruction, and outreach;
2.playing a peer role for traveling faculty with course materials, elearning, and basic technical support;
3.developing a sustainable relationship with matching librarians in Chongqing for collection development and beyond.
This presentation is intended to share experience and practices with librarians in similar positions, as well as administrators looking to develop a similar position.