Shiny Fabric: A Lightweight, Open-source Tool for Visualizing and Reporting Library Relationships
This article details the development and functionalities of an open-source application called Fabric. Fabric is a simple to use application that renders library data in the form of network graphs (sociograms). Fabric is built in R using the Shiny package and is meant to offer an easy-to-use alternative to other software, such as Gephi and UCInet. In addition to being user friendly, Fabric can run locally as well as on a hosted server. This article discusses the development process and functionality of Fabric, use cases at the New College of Florida’s Jane Bancroft Cook Library, as well as plans for future development.