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CNI: The Rise of Reading Analytics and the Emerging Calculus of Reader Privacy in the Digital World

“The Rise of Reading Analytics and the Emerging Calculus of Reader Privacy in the Digital World”

http://www.infodocket.com/2017/04/03/new-full-text-article-the-rise-of-reading-analytics-and-the-emerging-calculus-of-reader-privacy-in-the-digital-world/

“Here’s a new article from CNI’s Executive Director, Clifford Lynch. Must read!

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The Rise of Reading Analytics and the Emerging Calculus of Reader Privacy in the Digital World

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First Monday
Volume 22, Number 4 – 3
April 2017

Abstract

This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors (“reading analytics”) and their implications for reader privacy, attempting to place them in a historical context. It discusses what data is being collected, to whom it is available, and how it might be used by various interested parties (including authors). I explore means of tracking what’s being read, who is doing the reading, and how readers discover what they read. The paper includes two case studies: mass-market e-books (both directly acquired by readers and mediated by libraries) and scholarly journals (usually mediated by academic libraries); in the latter case I also provide examples of the implications of various authentication, authorization and access management practices on reader privacy. While legal issues are touched upon, the focus is generally pragmatic, emphasizing technology and marketplace practices. The article illustrates the way reader privacy concerns are shifting from government to commercial surveillance, and the interactions between government and the private sector in this area. The paper emphasizes U.S.-based developments.

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Stephen

Posted on: April 23, 2017, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

13 Huge Advantages To Taking Online Classes

13 Huge Advantages To Taking Online Classes

By Trevor McCready on April 13, 2017

 

Here are 13 big advantages to taking online classes.

#1—It Costs Less

 

#2—Less Intensity

#3—Easier Attendance

#4—Improve Your Self-Discipline

#5—Easier Access To Teachers

#6—Location, Location, Location

#7—The Comfort Of Your Home

#8—Easily Transferable Credits

#9—A Huge Variety Of Options

#10—Easier To Focus

It has been repeatedly shown that studying in a loud or noisy environment makes it much more difficult to concentrate.

#11—You Can Keep Your Job

 

#12—Easier To Fit Learning Into Your Day

 

#13—Learning Tech Skills

Are there advantages to taking classes online?

– See more at: https://www.cornerstone.edu/blogs/lifelong-learning-matters/post/13-huge-advantages-to-taking-online-classes#sthash.lIsL2WOJ.dpuf

Posted on: April 23, 2017, 6:14 am Category: Uncategorized

Academic Libraries: ITHAKA S+R Releases “US Library Survey 2016″ Report

Academic Libraries: ITHAKA S+R Releases “US Library Survey 2016″ Report

“The ITHAKA S+R US Library Survey 2016 was published today, April 3, 2017. The report was written by Christine Wolff and includes reflections by Roger C. Schonfeld, Director, Libraries and Scholarly Communication Program.

From the Introduction:

2017-04-02_16-21-49The Ithaka S+R Library Survey has examined the attitudes and behaviors of library deans and directors at not-for-profit four-year academic institutions across the United States on a triennial basis since 2010.

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The Library Survey provides unique insights into the perspectives, priorities, and long-term plans of the leaders of academic libraries. By focusing on the chief executive of each academic library, this survey provides insight on high-level issues including strategy, leadership, budget, and staffing. These decision-makers play an important role in shaping the future of library services and collections at their colleges and universities.

The Library Survey report aims to provide academic librarians and higher education leaders with information about the important issues and trends that are shaping the purpose, role, and viability of the academic library. For the 2016 survey cycle, working with an advisory board, we reduced the length of the questionnaire while also adding coverage of respondents’ perceptions and practices related to cross-institutional collaboration, talent management, and library contributions to student success.

Noteworthy Findings

Library directors are pursuing strategic direction with a decreasing sense of support from their institutions. There is evidence across the survey that library directors feel increasingly less valued by, involved with, and aligned strategically with their supervisors and other senior academic leadership. 

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Source: Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016

Library directors are deeply committed to supporting student success but many find it difficult to articulate these contributions. Approximately eight in ten respondents indicated that the most important priority for their library is supporting student success, although only about half of respondents reported that their library has clearly articulated how it contributes towards student success.

Library directors are increasingly recognizing that discovery does not and should not always happen in the library. Compared to the 2013 survey results, fewer library directors believe that it is important that the library is seen by its users as the first place that they go to discover content.

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Source: Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016

Collections have been digitally transformed, and the shift to non-textual collections is the next big question. Library leaders report increased spending on e-resources, accompanied by decreased spending on print resources, and expect spending to continue in this direction

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Source: Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016

Doctoral universities are more likely to show evidence of cross-institutional collaboration. Greater shares of library directors at doctoral universities rated peer and aspirant institutions as highly influential stakeholders in shaping strategic priorities and reported that various types of collaborative agreements to increase access to resources are highly important.

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Source: Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016

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A Few More Charts From Report (39 Figures are Found in the Report)

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Source: Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016

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: Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016

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Stephen

Posted on: April 22, 2017, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized

The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World

The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World

https://davidlankes.org/the-social-responsibility-of-the-library-and-the-librarian-in-a-post-factual-world-2/

“[Please note that this presentation is only half of the full session. The second half included a discussion with Nicole Cooke of the University of Illinois, Miguel Figueroa of ALA’s Center for the Future, and Scott Walter the University Librarian of DePaul University. Unfortunately I was not set up to record their insightful remarks.]

“The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World” Dominican University School of Information Studies Annual Follett Lecture. Chicago, IL.

Abstract: Introduction to a panel discussion on neutrality and objectivity in librarianship.
Slides: Slides in PDF
Audio:

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The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.”

Stephen

Posted on: April 22, 2017, 6:15 am Category: Uncategorized

The Strategic Direction of Research Library Leaders: Findings from the Latest Ithaka S+R Survey

The Strategic Direction of Research Library Leaders: Findings from the Latest Ithaka S+R Survey

The Strategic Direction of Research Library Leaders: Findings from the Latest Ithaka S+R Survey

Ithaka S+R published findings from their triennial survey of library deans and directors at academic institutions in the United States. Authored by  Christine Wolff, and supported by EBSCO, Elsevier, and JSTOR, the report examines the strategic directions of academic libraries as well as their staffing and spending plans for the coming years. Wolff’s report stratifies findings by institutional type, which is important since research libraries differ from smaller academic libraries in several key ways.

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Stephen

Posted on: April 21, 2017, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized

Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better

Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/27/print-ebooks-studies_n_6762674.html

Take comfort in these 9 studies that show that print books have a promising future:

Younger people are more likely to believe that there’s useful information that’s only available offline.
Students are more likely to buy physical textbooks.
Students opt for physical copies of humanities books, even when digital versions are available for free.
This isn’t just true of textbooks. Teens prefer print books for personal use, too.
Students don’t connect emotionally with on-screen texts.
… And they comprehend less of the information presented in digital books.
It’s not just students opting for print. Parents and kids prefer to read physical books together, too.
Which makes sense, because ebooks can negatively impact your sleep.
… And it’s hard to avoid multitasking while reading digital books.

Stephen

Posted on: April 21, 2017, 6:18 am Category: Uncategorized

Worthy Read . . . THE RAZOR’S EDGE Libraries in a Time of Crisis: Remaking the Social Compact by Brendan Howley

Worthy Read . . .

THE RAZOR’S EDGE
Libraries in a Time of Crisis: Remaking the Social Compact
by Brendan Howley

http://www.infotoday.com/it/apr17/Howley–Libraries-in-a-Time-of-Crisis-Remaking-the-Social-Compact.shtml

Stephen

Posted on: April 20, 2017, 9:53 am Category: Uncategorized