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Data science: ‘Machines do analytics. Humans do analysis’

Data science: ‘Machines do analytics. Humans do analysis’

Summary: Two leaders of Booz Allen’s data science team talk talent, building a data science team and the machine-human link in analytics.

Pullquote: “The machine/human link. Sullivan isn’t big on analytics technology that serves as a magic bullet to data science. No machine can be a miracle cure. Humans have to find the patterns, ask the right questions and make the connections in the data. “Machines do analytics,” explained Sullivan. “Humans do analysis.” Computers are good at detail and examining the past, but real data science requires imagination and cognitive ability.”



Posted on: November 27, 2014, 6:35 am Category: Uncategorized

Now Available: BISAC Subject Headings List, 2014 Edition

Now Available: BISAC Subject Headings List, 2014 Edition

“Some libraries utilize BISAC and librarians are also members of the BISG Subject Codes Committee.

From the Book Industry Study Group:

BISG’s BISAC Subject Headings List has been updated and replaces the edition published in November 2013. It is available here.

The BISAC Subject Headings List, 2014 Edition package includes Excel, Word, and PDF formats of the full subject headings list, along with a license allowing the codes to be incorporated into internal systems for unlimited use.

It remains free to BISG members. Non-members can purchase an annual license for unlimited use, or look up individual titles without charge here.

2014 marks the 20th edition of the BISAC Subject Headings List. This update includes 71 additions; among them, 11 new Fiction headings including a FICTION/Erotica tree and 14 new headings in Literary Criticism. The most extensive changes overall were made in the Travel category.


The 2014 BISAC Subject Headings List includes updated BISAC to Thema and BIC to BISAC Mappings, which will be released this winter. Please watch for those announcements.

The BISAC Subject Headings are maintained by BISG’s Subject Codes Committee, chaired for the 10th year by Connie Harbison of Baker & Taylor. Committee members represent major publishers, wholesalers and other data aggregators, libraries and library service providers, and retailers. The Committee makes changes based on a careful evaluation of requests from both publishers and individual BISAC code users, often independent authors.”

Posted on: November 27, 2014, 6:02 am Category: Uncategorized

Seven Reasons Students Use Smartphones in Class

Seven Reasons Students Use Smartphones in Class

What students are doing with their smartphones in class


“77% of students bring a smartphone to class, and 63% of the students said that they weren’t a distraction. On the other hand, 72% of instructors said that they do distract students from the learning process.”



Posted on: November 26, 2014, 6:31 am Category: Uncategorized

Researcher Data Sharing Insights

Researcher Data Sharing Insights

Researcher Data Insights -- Infographic FINAL


Posted on: November 26, 2014, 6:12 am Category: Uncategorized

Third Draft of Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education Available for Comment

Third Draft of Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education Available for Comment
“ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the third draft of the association’s proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Read the document and welcome messagehighlighting major changes since the June second draft then provide feedback via an online form by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014.

Members of the task force are grateful for all the robust input in reaction to the proposed Framework gathered through online feedback forms, member forums and hearings (face-to-face and online), member emails, conversations in social media, as well as comments from the ACRL Board of Directors. The task force takes all this feedback seriously, and has used these comments to guide and improve the third draft. As they carefully considered all the input gathered over the summer and fall, task force members recognize some questions/concerns are recurring and have addressed those in the Frequently Asked Questionsection of their website.”


Posted on: November 25, 2014, 3:26 pm Category: Uncategorized

5 reasons the corporate workplace needs librarians

5 reasons the corporate workplace needs librarians

“Today’s corporate information professionals are experts in finding and procuring information sources, developing intranets and websites, creating taxonomies and indexing, managing internal information, training and carrying out both proactive and reactive research and analysis at a high level. This doesn’t mean they don’t have to constantly prove their worth.

But there are reasons why their organizations should value them. Here are just five:

1. Our special talent is finding authoritative information

End-users can be frighteningly easy to satisfy when they carry out their own searches. Issues such as authority, impartiality, accuracy and currency are forgotten when speed and ease of searching is a priority.

If all they are looking for is somebody’s website, this is not a big problem. But if it means they offer services or advice to clients based on out-of-date legislation or biased sources, this could be embarrassing and expensive. Information professionals who specialize in research start consulting the huge databank of sources in their heads almost as soon as they receive a request (or rather, as soon as they have worked out what the requestor is really looking for).

Using the right source and search technique and understanding what they need to bring back isn’t simple, and it saves end-users hours of fruitless work.

2. Our other special talent is organising and summarising it

Knowing what pieces of information belong together, because they are about the same thing, and describing them in a way that they can be found, may not sound difficult. But it is a skill lacking in many people who are otherwise brilliant at writing insightful content.

We don’t tend to talk about classification or cataloguing to our users, but our ability to assign information to categories using language they understand helps them find information all the same. And our pithy summaries mean they don’t have to open an item to know whether or not it is useful.

3. We understand information vendors

Procurement departments are often excellent at negotiating large corporate contracts covering years at a time. But they are usually terrible at sifting through different suppliers’ information products, evaluating their usefulness, currency and authority, and assessing how many site licences would be worth the prices charged.

Where end-users are responsible, contracts proliferate for similar or identical products, usually assigned to the most prestigious in the organization, regardless of how much they need them.

Information professionals have the skills to bring good-value products into the organization and make sure that end-user access is seamless, regardless of the technology they are using.

4. We don’t have a departmental agenda

Content producers know perfectly well their documents, policies and communications are the most important information in an organization. It takes an information professional to assess the content in the light of the questions people in the organization are likely to ask, in particular ‘why do I need to read this?’

Information professionals can take a ‘helicopter’ view of corporate information and make sure everyone in the organization finds the information they need, and understands what it is for.

5. We are dedicated, cheap and don’t require constant glory

Nobody goes into the information profession for the money. Instead we choose it because it allows us to practice our skills to help people find what they need. To do this well, we stay up-to-date with developments and are in touch with a network of peers.

We don’t require high status, fat bonuses or even thanks (much of the time) to stay motivated, which is just as well. Many corporate information professionals earn a fraction of the salaries earned by colleagues of similar experience. Frankly, we’re a bargain.”

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Posted on: November 25, 2014, 6:29 am Category: Uncategorized

Video: What is History for?

What is History for?

Posted on: November 25, 2014, 6:08 am Category: Uncategorized