Free Data Science and Statistics Books

An archive of all O’Reilly data ebooks is available at 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

2017 LIS Performance Measurement Conference

The Bodleian Libraries and the Conference Board are pleased to announce that the 12th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Library and Information Services will be held 31st July – 2nd August 2017 in Oxford, UK. The Northumbria Conference seeks to bring together practitioners, researchers, educators and students interested in all aspects of performance and measurement in library and information services in any context. The conference provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers, short papers, posters, and workshops that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for measuring and improving library performance and/or propose new concepts and techniques to further advance the field. The conference is the longest-running conference on this subject and is truly international, welcoming participants from all countries and continents. The call for papers will be announced in November 2016.

Martha Kyrillidou, PhD
QualityMetrics, LLC

Data Literacy for High School Librarians

The Supporting Librarians in Adding Data Literacy Skills to Information Literacy Instruction project is a two-year project running from October 2015 through September 2017 to develop data and statistical literacy skills in high school librarians so they can better support critical comprehension skills in their students.

Over the course of the project, co-PIs Kristin Fontichiaro and Jo Angela Oehrli will partner data experts with curriculum experts to identify mini-lessons, strategies, and “rules of thumb” that librarians can nimbly weave into their instruction. The project recognizes that librarians’ time (and that of their classroom colleagues) is limited and looks for the high-leverage practices with the greatest impact on student comprehension.

Project deliverables include:

  • An online conference in Summers 2016 and 2017
  • A handbook of background information, “rules of thumb,” strategies, mini-lessons, and additional resources
  • A series of professional development materials, including webinars and discussion questions.

If you’d like to learn more about this project or find out when new materials are released, please email font [at] umich [dot] edu.

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 ( 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.