Category Archives: Publications

Big Data Book

Librarians and information professionals have always worked with data in order to meet the information needs of their constituents, thus “Big Data” is not a new concept for them though it is spawning new approaches along with a language all its own.

In The Accidental Data Scientist, Amy Affelt shows information professionals how to leverage their skills and training to master emerging tools, techniques, and vocabulary; create mission-critical Big Data research deliverables; and discover rewarding new career opportunities by embracing their inner Data Scientist.

You can get your copy of The Accidental Data Scientist at the ITI bookstore for $35.55.

Lean Library book

Becoming a Lean Library: Lessons from the World of Technology Start-ups provides a guide to the process and approach necessary to manage product development. Using techniques and philosophies pioneered by Toyota’s lean manufacturing success, Becoming a Lean Library provides library leadership advice and tips on making the library more nimble, lean, and responsive to technological change.

Early chapters introduce the reader to the idea of lean start-ups in libraries, followed by chapters covering library systems, lessons from lean manufacturing, and the build-measure-learn model. Remaining chapters discuss technology change and DevOps as a lean strategy, while also giving the reader the opportunity to earn a professional online “badge” on the subject material of the book.

The cost starts at $63. For more information please click on:
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/publication/msvyl26/3084381

The Status of Data Education in 2016

Tableau conducted to catalogue the state of analytics education in the United States. In addition to providing a comprehensive listing of analytics programs, this study explores questions such as:

  • How accessible is analytics education to American college students?
  • Where do gaps in analytics programs remain?
  • How are analytics programs adapting to meet changing demands?

Download the full report to see how your institution stacks up.

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

The Canadian journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice shares research that informs professional library practice. The winter 2016 issue (https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP) exemplifies this mission, having several data-based articles:

Amy Jo Catalano , Sharon Rose Phillips

Identifying and Classifying User Typologies Within a United Kingdom Hospital Library Setting: A Case Study

Alison Ambi , Pamela Morgan , Erin Alcock , Amanda Tiller-Hackett

Lynn Easton , Scott Adam , Trish Durnan , Lorraine McLeod

Free Data Science and Statistics Books

An archive of all O’Reilly data ebooks is available at http://www.datasciencecentral.com/profiles/blogs/80-free-data-science-books for free download. Dive deep into the latest in data science and big data, compiled by O’Reilly editors, authors, and Strata speakers.

Here is a collection of a few excellent (and free!) statistics eBooks for your Kindle. Read more at http://www.datasciencecentral.com/profiles/blogs/5-free-statistics-ebooks-you-need-to-read-this-autumn

Making a Difference with Data

Government agencies have always collected data to support specific programs and purposes. However, it’s becoming increasingly clear that this information, when shared more broadly and analyzed, can be a powerful tool to support better decision-making and resource allocation in the public sector. Download this paper (http://www.governing.com/papers/Making-a-Difference-with-Data-49622.html?promo_code=gov_paper_email_161005&utm_term=Making-a-Difference-with-Data-49622.html&utm_campaign=%5BPapers%5D%20Making%20a%20Difference%20with%20Data%2C%20HHS%20in%20Transition%2C%20E-Government%20for%20Zika%20Prevention%20and%20More&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email) to learn how states like Iowa, North Carolina and California are using analytics, as well as some of the most important do’s and don’ts for analytics initiatives.

Becoming a Lean Library

Becoming a Lean Library: Lessons from the World of Technology Start-ups provides a guide to the process and approach necessary to manage product development.  Using techniques and philosophies pioneered by Toyota’s lean manufacturing success, Becoming a Lean Library provides library leadership advice and tips on making the library more nimble, lean, and responsive to technological change.

Early chapters introduce the reader to the idea of lean start-ups in libraries, followed by chapters covering library systems, lessons from lean manufacturing, and the build-measure-learn model. Remaining chapters discuss technology change and DevOps as a lean strategy, while also giving the reader the opportunity to earn a professional online “badge” on the subject material of the book. For more information please click on:
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/publication/me6d2qo/3084381

Databrarianship book

ACRL announces the publication of Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice. Edited by Lynda Kellam and Kristi Thompson, the work provides advice and insight on data services for all types of academic libraries and library educators.

Data service has become a critically important topic for academic libraries with the appearance of big data, open data, and particularly research data curation. Drawing on the expertise of a diverse community of practitioners, this nearly 400-page collection of case studies, original research, survey chapters, and theoretical explorations presents a wide-ranging look at the field of academic data librarianship.

By covering the data lifecycle from collection development to preservation, examining the challenges of working with different forms of data, and exploring service models suited to a variety of library types, this volume provides a toolbox of strategies that will allow librarians and administrators to respond creatively and effectively to the data deluge.

Lynda Kellam is the Data Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s University Libraries. Kristi Thompson is the Data Librarian at the University of Windsor and currently heads the systems department. Before coming to the University of Windsor in 2006, she was a Data Services Specialist at Princeton University, and she has also worked as a freelance digital librarian and web developer.

Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store; Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Library Improvement through Data Analytics: New Book

LesleyDataBooMore than ever, funding agencies are looking for cost effectiveness. Sound data analytics is the foundation for making an evidence-based case for library programs, in addition to guiding myriad organizational decisions, from optimizing operations for efficiency to responding to community needs for customer satisfaction. Designed to be useful for novices as well as those with a background in data, “Library Improvement Through Data Analytics,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, introduces the basics of the Six Sigma framework as a model that can be applied to a variety of library settings. Helping readers make sense of data, authors Lesley S. J. Farmer and Alan M. Safer cover 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 commerce 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; and
  • staffing, facilities, and instruction.

Dr. Farmer, professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), coordinates the Librarianship Program. She chairs the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ School Libraries Section and is a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Farmer received the American Library Association Beta Phi Mu Award for distinguished service and library education. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, Farmer has published over 30 professional books and more than a 100 professional book chapters and articles. Dr. Safer is a professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Early in his career at the university, he created a MS degree in Applied Statistics and later a professional accelerated MS degree in Applied Statistics for industry students from companies such as Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman.  In 2012, he was appointed coordinator of a national conference on quality control sponsored by the American Statistical Association.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976 by Patricia Glass Schuman and John Vincent Neal, Neal-Schuman Publishers, now an imprint of ALA Publishing, publishes professional books for librarians, archivists, and knowledge managers. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or editionsmarketing@ala.org.