The Academic Library in Times of Change

Information Visualization Skills in Digital Humanities Research: An Academic Librarian’s Perspective

April 13, 2018
5:30  -  7:30

Session Category :  Poster 

Information visualization is prevalent in the practice of many aspects of digital humanities research. Literature has also discussed how information visualization can be used to help address challenges in the digital humanities, such as developing new genres for complex information presentation and expanding classical text-based pedagogy to graphical representations. While information visualization has been widely adopted in digital humanities research, it remains unclear how librarians, especially academic librarians who support digital humanities research, should prepare themselves for this emerging technology. In this poster, the speaker will share her research that investigates how scholars in the digital humanities have been employing information visualization techniques in their research, and how academic librarians have been supporting this endeavor. Through a content analysis of recent publications in digital humanities research and online resources provided by academic libraries, three specific questions will be discussed: (1) What are the main skills, application types, and purposes of information visualization being used in digital humanities research? (2) What are the types of online resources provided by academic libraries that focus on applying information visualization to digital humanities research? and (3) Is there a gap between the practical use of information visualization in digital humanities research and the support and services provided by academic librarians? If so, how can academic librarians be better prepared through instructional and educational efforts? Through this presentation, the audience will be able to identify the necessary skills, knowledge, and instructions for academic librarians in conducting or aiding digital humanities research using information visualization.