The Ball State University Libraries have an active data warehouse project that includes an open access dashboard view.   Check it out here: 

We call the system/service categories "Information Factories," and the performance indicators or metrics "widgets." We have a whole other set of Information Factories and widgets for Interlibrary Loan, Meeting Room Use, Print usage, etc. that are available for internal use.

The PowerPoint from a recent presentation about the project is available here: 

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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Cab Vinton
Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 3:40 PM
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Visualizing (public) library statistics

Come budget time, I invariably find myself working with the most recent compilation of public library statistics put out by our State Library -- comparing our library to peer institutions along a variety of measures (support per capita, circulation per capita, staffing levels, etc.) so I can make the best possible case for increasing/ maintaining our funding.

The raw data is in a Excel spreadsheet -- -- so this seems ripe for mashing up, data visualization, online charting, etc.

Does anyone know of any examples where these types of library stats have been made available online in a way that meets my goals of being user-friendly, visually informative/ clear, and just plain cool?

If not, examples from the non-library world and/ or pointers to dashboards of note would be equally welcome, particularly if there's an indication of how things work on the back end.


Cab Vinton, Director
Sanbornton Public Library
Sanbornton, NH