Facet Publishing have announced the publication of Library Improvement through Data Analytics by Lesley S. J. Farmer and Alan M. Safer.
This book shows how to make sense of data in libraries and use it to inform decision making at every level.
Sound data analytics is the foundation for making an evidence-based case for libraries, in addition to guiding myriad organizational decisions, from optimizing operations for efficiency to responding to community needs. Designed to be useful for beginners as well as those with a background in data, this book introduces the basics of a six point framework that can be applied to a variety of library settings for effective system based, data-driven management.
The guide covers such key topics as:
- the basics of statistical concepts
- recommended data sources for various library functions and processes, and guidance for using census, university, or chamber of comm
erce data in analysis
- techniques for cleaning data
- matching data to appropriate data analysis methods
- how to make descriptive statistics more powerful by spotlighting relationships
- 14 case studies which address such areas as digitization, e-book collection development and reference
- staffing, facilities, and instruction.
This book’s clear, concise coverage will enable readers of every experience level to gain a better understanding of statistics in order to facilitate library improvement. It will be essential reading for library managers and key decision makers.
More information: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=301614
Facet Publishing have announced the release of Ken Varnum’s new edited collection Exploring Discovery
We are in a new age of discovery. Not one recalled from history books, where exploration of the physical world proceeded apace, but an age where the incredible breadth and depth of knowledge is just as mysterious to the typical researcher. The new age of discovery builds on decades of advancements in handling metadata and full text in digital formats, natural language process
ing, keyword searching, and information science. The pace of change in the last half-century has been dizzying, enabling library technologists to enable information discovery across multiple scales, with tools and processes specific to each.
The concept of discovery covers scales from billions of items in the large web-scale systems to just hundreds of items at the other end of the scale in purpose-built discovery tools for an individual library. In his new book, editor Ken Varnum brings together leading experts to explore both discovery tools that have been made to enable in-depth access to relatively narrow information silos, as well as tools that enable exploration of broad swathes of digital and off-line content.
Using a series of case studies, Exploring Discovery illustrates the interfaces and technologies that can be used by libraries today and examines the future of discovery. Divided into four sections, I) Vended Discovery Systems, II) Custom Discovery Systems, III) Interfaces, IV) Content and Metadata, the book covers key topics including:
- choosing a web-scale discovery system
- libraries, archives and museums sharing a single discovery tool
- managing internal development requirements with the constraints of a small or medium-sized library
- integrating discovery to improve user experience
- custom discovery systems built with open-source software
- metadata challenges in discovery services
- open access and discovery tools
- regional aggregation and discovery of digital collections.
The Midwest Book Review said, “Exploring Discovery is easy to dip into as needed, and provides a comprehensive examination of discovery services that will prove invaluable to IT, web development, electronic resource management, and technical services staff”.
More information: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=300969
Watch Ken Varnum describe the book in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jynPinGopn4