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Predictive Analytics: How Marketers Can Improve Future Activities

What Are Predictive Analytics?Predictive analytics use statistics and machine learning to analyze data and make predictions. Humans are very predictable. We all follow routines, such as brushing our teeth and then taking a shower, or putting on each piece of clothing in a certain order each morning.”

Stephen

Posted on: April 26, 2018, 6:46 am Category: Uncategorized

Everything* You Always Wanted To Know About Blockchain (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Everything* You Always Wanted To Know About Blockchain (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Everything* You Always Wanted To Know About Blockchain (But Were Afraid To Ask)

How would you describe blockchain in one sentence?

How does it work (in layman’s language!)?

How is this relevant to scholarly communication?

But do you need a blockchain to build this datastore?

Why is blockchain so divisive — both in scholarly communication and more widely? Why do some people love it and some hate it?

 

How do you see developments in the industry regarding blockchain?

What is the Peer Review Blockchain initiative, and why did you join?

 

When are current priorities, and when can we expect the first results?

 

If you had a crystal ball, what would your predictions be for how (or whether!) blockchain will be used in scholarly communication in 5-10 years time?

Stephen

Posted on: April 26, 2018, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized

IMLS Releases Annual Data on American Public Libraries

IMLS RELEASES ANNUAL DATA ON AMERICAN PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Monday, April 23, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard
202-653-4799
[email protected](link sends e-mail)

IMLS Releases Annual Data on American Public Libraries

“Washington, D.C.—The Institute of Museum and Library Services today released the latest data from its 2016 Public Libraries Survey. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. Explore the FY 2016 data and supplementary tables.

Each year since 1988, the survey has provided a national census of America’s public libraries. The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of over 17,000 individual main libraries, library branches, and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

“Ensuring that public libraries and the organizations that work with them have access to comprehensive, in-depth data that can be compared over the years is a key part of how IMLS supports the capacity of the field to meet the needs of their communities,” said Benjamin Sweezy, IMLS Deputy Director of Digital and Information Strategy.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook(link is external) and Twitter(link is external).”

Stephen

Posted on: April 25, 2018, 10:06 am Category: Uncategorized

Health and Wellness at the Library

Health and Wellness at the Library

Health and Wellness at the Library

“If you were going to build a new public library from the ground up, what would it look like? This is the question the city of Santa Clarita, California asked itself in 2014 when it conducted a community needs assessment to decide what to include in its latest branch: The Saugus Library Center.

More than 1,500 residents filled out surveys and 300 participated in community meetings. What they found may surprise you. In addition to wanting things like “comfortable seating, a children’s library, a café, a quiet study area, more books, free Wi-Fi, [and] a family events center,” the community also asked for “a place for fitness and exercise.”[1] Indeed, 47.2 percent of survey respondents said they wanted to see “Exercise/Fitness classes” in the new Saugus Library Center, making it the fourth most popular response, behind “Free Wi-Fi,” “Books,” and “Family Events.”[2]”

“References

[1] Andrew Clark, “City plans for massive annexation, Saugus library and arts center.” The Signal: Santa Clarita Valley. February 12, 2018. https://signalscv.com/2018/02/city-plans-massive-annexation-saugus-library-arts-center/.

[2] City of Santa Clarita. Saugus Library Center Needs Assessment Survey – April 2015. http://www.santaclaritalibrary.com/files/2014/10/SLC-Survey-Results-April-2015.pdf.

[3] RJ Marques. “New SA library with free Wifi, YMCA to open Friday on far West Side.” KSAT-12. November 4, 2016. https://www.ksat.com/sa-live/new-library-ymca-to-open-friday-on-far-west-side.

[4] Calgary Public Library. “Calgary’s First Express Library Opens in New YMCA.” January 9, 2018. https://calgarylibrary.ca/news/calgarys-first-express-library-opens-in-new-ymca/.

[5] Janis Wallace. “Residents in southwest London are excited about a new one-stop-shop for learning, playing, and healthy living.” TheLondoner.ca. February 1, 2018. http://www.thelondoner.ca/2018/02/01/residents-in-southwest-london-are-excited-about-a-new-one-stop-shop-for-learning-playing-and-healthy-living.  

[6] Seow Bei Yi. “Community facilities under one roof at new Bedok lifestyle hub.” The Straits Times. February 4, 2018. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/community-facilities-under-one-roof-at-new-bedok-lifestyle-hub.

[7] City of Santa Clarita. “Saugus Library Center.” http://www.santaclaritalibrary.com/about/saugus-library-center/.

[8] Public Library Association. “Promoting Healthy Communities: A Health Information Initiative.” http://www.ala.org/pla/initiatives/healthliteracy.”

Stephen

 

Stephen

Posted on: April 25, 2018, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized

RSS is Undead

RSS is Undead

RSS is undead

“RSS died. Whether you blame Feedburner, or Google Reader, or Digg Reader last month, or any number of other product failures over the years, the humble protocol has managed to keep on trudging along despite all evidence that it is dead, dead, dead.

Now, with Facebook’s scandal over Cambridge Analytica, there is a whole new wave of commentators calling for RSS to be resuscitated.”

Stephen

Posted on: April 25, 2018, 6:36 am Category: Uncategorized

The Natural Enemy of the Librarian

The Natural Enemy of the Librarian

Uplifting monument or waste of space? Philip Johnson’s Bobst Library and a conflict between professions, a shift from book warehouses to social hubs. Photographs by Andrea Geyer.

Stephen

Posted on: April 24, 2018, 6:43 am Category: Uncategorized

1 out of 5 US homes with wifi now have a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo

1 out of 5 US homes with wifi now have a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo

http://www.businessinsider.com/smart-speakers-are-taking-off-with-consumers-charts-2018-4

Chart of day

 

Stephen

 

Posted on: April 24, 2018, 6:42 am Category: Uncategorized