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Nate’s Big List of Free Courses for Authors

 

Posted on: October 23, 2018, 6:14 am Category: Uncategorized

Bookstores Are Thriving By Venturing Beyond Their Four Walls

Bookstores Are Thriving By Venturing Beyond Their Four Walls

Bookstores Are Thriving By Venturing Beyond Their Four Walls

And, YES, libraries are venturing out too.

Stephen

Posted on: October 23, 2018, 6:00 am Category: Uncategorized

Research Article: “Analyzing Social Book Reading Behavior on Goodreads and How it Predicts Amazon Best Sellers” (Preprint)

Title

Analyzing Social Book Reading Behavior on Goodreads and How it Predicts Amazon Best Sellers

Authors

Suman Kalyan Maity
Kellogg School of Management/Northwestern University

Abhishek Panigrahi
Microsoft Research India

Animesh Mukherjee
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Source

via arXiv
September 19, 2018

Abstract

A book’s success/popularity depends on various parameters – extrinsic and intrinsic. In this paper, we study how the book reading characteristics might influence the popularity of a book. Towards this objective, we perform a cross-platform study of Goodreads entities and attempt to establish the connection between various Goodreads entities and the popular books (“Amazon best sellers”). We analyze the collective reading behavior on Goodreads platform and quantify various characteristic features of the Goodreads entities to identify differences between these Amazon best sellers (ABS) and the other non-best selling books.

We then develop a prediction model using the characteristic features to predict if a book shall become a best seller after one month (15 days) since its publication.

On a balanced set, we are able to achieve a very high average accuracy of 88.72% (85.66%) for the prediction where the other competitive class contains books which are randomly selected from the Goodreads dataset. Our method primarily based on features derived from user posts and genre related characteristic properties achieves an improvement of 16.4% over the traditional popularity factors (ratings, reviews) based baseline methods.

We also evaluate our model with two more competitive set of books a) that are both highly rated and have received a large number of reviews (but are not best sellers) (HRHR) and b) Goodreads Choice Awards Nominated books which are non-best sellers (GCAN). We are able to achieve quite good results with very high average accuracy of 87.1% and as well a high ROC for ABS vs GCAN. For ABS vs HRHR, our model yields a high average accuracy of 86.22%.

Direct to Full Text Article
25 pages; PDF.”

Stephen

Posted on: October 22, 2018, 6:30 am Category: Uncategorized

How Teens and Parents Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions

How Teens and Parents Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions

54% of U.S. teens say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and two-thirds of parents express concern over their teen’s screen time. But parents face their own challenges of device-related distraction

How Teens and Parents Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions

Stephen

Posted on: October 22, 2018, 6:10 am Category: Uncategorized

9 Management Myths, Debunked!

9 Management Myths, Debunked!

https://blog.cengage.com/9-management-myths-debunked/

MANAGEMENT MYTH #1: There’s only one right way to lead or manage.

MANAGEMENT MYTH #2: Leadership is more important than management.

MANAGEMENT MYTH #3: It’s easier for a manager to do the work than employees.

MANAGEMENT MYTH #4: Managers know everything.

MANAGEMENT MYTH #5: The most important relationship a manager can build is with each individual employee.

MANAGEMENT MYTH #6:  A manager’s actions always speak louder than words.

MANAGEMENT MYTH #7: Social media sites like LinkedIn threaten retention.

MANAGEMENT MYTH #8: You can measure everything that matters.

MANAGEMENT MYTH #9: Employees aren’t productive when they work from home. 

Stephen

Posted on: October 21, 2018, 6:57 am Category: Uncategorized

OCLC and Ithaka S+R publish report on aligning library strategies with university directions

DUBLIN, Ohio, 18 October 2018OCLC and Ithaka S+R have published a new report, University Futures, Library Futures: Aligning library strategies with institutional directions, which establishes a new framework for understanding the fit between emerging library service paradigms and university types. The report is available on the OCLC Research website.

Supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, project leads Constance Malpas, Lorcan Dempsey, and Rona Stein from OCLC Research and Roger Schonfeld and Deanna Marcum of Ithaka S+R, examined the impact of increased institutional differentiation in universities on the organization of academic libraries and the services they provide.

As libraries move away from a collections model in which libraries measure their success by how large their collections are, this report puts a framework around library services, explores emerging patterns in different institutional settings, and gauges the importance of these services areas—now and for the future—according to surveyed library directors.

The work has three main components:

  • a working model of U.S. higher education institutions
  • a library services framework
  • comparison of the above two to test the hypothesis that the services portfolio of libraries map onto the institutional priorities of their host university

The first component developed institutional typologies that provide a nuanced description of institutional characteristics. This led to a model in which university emphases can be characterized in two dimensions: 1) educational activity relative to three “poles”—research, liberal education, and career-directed educational programs, and 2) mode of provision—a traditional-residential mode and a new-traditional-flexible (or convenience) mode.

The second component developed a framework of library services, and then explored patterns of adoption of those services through a survey of university libraries. The framework covers nine key areas:

  • Convene Campus Community
  • Enable Academic Success
  • Facilitate Information Access
  • Foster Scholarship and Creation
  • Include and Support Off-Campus Users
  • Preserve and Promote Unique Collections
  • Provide Study Space
  • Showcase Scholarly Expertise
  • Transform Scholarly Publishing

The third component tested the hypothesis by comparing the outputs of the first two components to see if libraries were, in fact, adapting to fit the institutional priorities of their institutions.

Read the findings of this work in the new report, available for free download.

About Ithaka S+R

Ithaka S+R is a not-for-profit service that helps the academic and cultural communities serve the public good and navigate economic, technological, and demographic change. We deliver strategic guidance, research, and publications through two program areas: Educational Transformation and Libraries & Scholarly Communication.


About OCLC

OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’sWorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.”

Stephen

Posted on: October 21, 2018, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized

Executive Summary: Strategies to Support the U.S. School Libraries Developed at ALA’s “Fight for School Libraries” Summit

Executive Summary: Strategies to Support the U.S. School Libraries Developed at ALA’s “Fight for School Libraries” Summit

“From ALA:

An executive summary released by the American Library Association (ALA) identifies systematic ways ALA, its divisions and offices, and the field of librarianship can support the nation’s school libraries. The strategies were developed by school, public and academic library leaders from across the country during the “Fight for School Libraries” summit convened by 2017-2018 ALA President Jim Neal.

The summary calls for ALA members and ALA staff, including all divisions, to demonstrate support for school libraries as possibilities arise within the association. Strategies include collecting quality data on standards and policies regarding school library staffing, funding and accreditation; developing compelling stories and messages for national and local community audiences; strengthening partnerships with public and academic libraries to further build support; and implementing support for school libraries consistently into political advocacy work.

An executive summary released by the American Library Association (ALA) identifies systematic ways ALA, its divisions and offices, and the field of librarianship can support the nation’s school libraries. The strategies were developed by school, public and academic library leaders from across the country during the “Fight for School Libraries” summit convened by 2017-2018 ALA President Jim Neal.

The summary calls for ALA members and ALA staff, including all divisions, to demonstrate support for school libraries as possibilities arise within the association. Strategies include collecting quality data on standards and policies regarding school library staffing, funding and accreditation; developing compelling stories and messages for national and local community audiences; strengthening partnerships with public and academic libraries to further build support; and implementing support for school libraries consistently into political advocacy work.

Recognizing the need for urgent action to combat cuts in school library funding, staffing and programming, Neal tasked participants of the May 2018 summit with creating an ALA-wide strategy to support school libraries, school library workers, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and the learners and communities school libraries serve.

Direct to Executive Summary (2 pages; PDF)

Direct to Complete News Release”

Stephen

Posted on: October 21, 2018, 6:43 am Category: Uncategorized