Andy Rutkowski is currently the Visualization Librarian at USC Libraries. In this role he works with students, faculty and other researchers to create visualizations using a variety of different types of data and software/tools/methods. He is presently a co-PI on an IMLS National Forum grant that is focused on creating a community of practice around visualization literacy and pedagogy in libraries. He regularly teaches a course in USC's Dornsife School, Images of Los Angeles: Visualizing Data, which explores LA through civic data and analog and digital visualization methods as well as a Big Data for Planning and Development through USC's Price Executive Master in Urban Planning program.
His research interests include collections as data, minimal computing, digital humanities and ethical approaches to using data and tools in academic research. Andy has extensive experience with GIS, map librarianship and government information.
He graduated from New York University with an M.A. from the Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought and an M.A. in Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies. He also holds an MLIS from the Palmer School at Long Island University.