Big Data at the Desk

The RUSA MARS Hot Topics in Electronic Reference Discussion Group presents:

Big Data at the Desk: Data visualization and research for the rest of us!

Librarians loved the Information Age, but the MLS didn’t necessarily prepare us to crunch
numbers, draw conclusions, and create infographics. The era of “Big Data” has arrived!
Information literacy incorporates data literacy and even generalist librarians need to be able to
handle data-driven reference questions.

Are you seeking an opportunity to present at ALA? Do you know how to help patrons discover,
collect, interpret, and/or present data sets? What simple techniques and tools would help your
colleagues get started with data research or data visualization? Help your fellow librarians break
into the world of data by sharing your expertise in Chicago!

Presentations will be in an informal panel format and are intended to jumpstart discussion among
the attendees. The program will be held Sunday, June 30th, 2013 from 4:30 to 5:30PM at the
ALA Annual conference in Chicago, IL (room and exact location TBD). If you are interested in
serving as a panelist, please contact Beth Overhauser ( with a short (<300
words) summary or proposal by May 17th, 2013. The committee will notify all potential speakers
by May 22nd. We expect to accommodate 2-3 speakers with 15 minutes each.