Visualize Your Data: Tableau for Health Sciences Librarians (Recording)

Data visualization is increasingly recognized as an essential means of analyzing and communicating data and other information. Tableau is a powerful data visualization tool with great advantages over Excel, and its free version suits most users. Solo librarians can use Tableau to visualize circulation data to identify underused materials. Library administrators can analyze their budgets and put together dashboards that illustrate the need for more funds. Clinical librarians can visualize key hospital metrics and compare their institutions with peers. Visualize Your Data introduces and highlights ways that health sciences librarians can use Tableau. Participants will gain an understanding of the strengths of Tableau and ideas for how they might incorporate it into their research, teaching, and communication. #MLATableau



Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to successfully:

  • describe the basic steps to visualize data in Tableau
  • recognize datasets that work well with Tableau
  • identify the version of Tableau that suits their budgets and security needs
  • assess whether Tableau is worth incorporating into their professional practice



This webinar will benefit all health information professionals, including those with no knowledge of Tableau as well as those who want to learn how health sciences librarians are incorporating Tableau into their teaching and assessment practices.


Ariel Deardorff


Ariel Deardorff is the data services librarian at the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF). As part of UCSF Library’s Data Science Initiative, Deardorff teaches two popular Tableau courses and leads a Tableau drop-in clinic for the university’s students, faculty, and staff. Before starting at UCSF, Deardorff worked on Tableau-related projects at the National Library of Medicine and at the University of British Columbia.