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Report: 51% of web site hacks related to SEO spam

Report: 51% of web site hacks related to SEO spam

One of the biggest reasons a site gets hacked is for SEO purposes.

https://searchengineland.com/report-51-of-web-site-hacks-related-to-seo-spam-313468

 

Stephen

 

Posted on: March 16, 2019, 6:53 am Category: Uncategorized

Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks

Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks

Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks

“Americans are spreading their book consumption across several formats, and the use of audiobooks is rising.

About three-quarters (74%) of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year.

And while shares of print and e-book readers are similar to those from a survey conducted in 2016, there has been a modest but statistically significant increase in the share of Americans who read audiobooks, from 14% to 18%.

Overall, Americans read an average (mean) of 12 books per year, while the typical (median) American has read four books in the past 12 months. Each of these figures is largely unchanged since 2011, when the Center first began conducting the surveys of Americans’ book reading habits.

Despite some growth in certain digital formats, it remains the case that relatively few Americans consume digital books (which include audiobooks and e-books) to the exclusion of print. Some 39% of Americans say they read only print books, while 29% read in these digital formats and also read print books. Just 7% of Americans say they only read books in digital formats and have not read any print books in the past 12 months. Some demographic groups are more likely than others to be digital-only book readers, but in general this behavior is relatively rare across a wide range of demographics. For example, 10% of 18- to 29-year-olds only read books in digital formats, compared with 5% of those ages 50-64 and 4% of those 65 and older.

Interestingly, there are no significant differences on this question related to educational attainment or annual household income. Some 7% of college graduates are digital-only book readers, compared with 5% among those who have not graduated from high school.

Demographic differences in book reading in 2018 are similar to the patterns seen in previous Pew Research Center surveys. For instance, college graduates are more likely to be book readers than those who have not attended college, and younger adults are more likely to read books than those 65 and older. At the same time, some groups have become more likely to read books in certain formats than was true in 2016. Some examples include:

Younger adults – Nearly one-quarter (23%) of 18- to 29-year-olds have listened to an audiobook in the past 12 months, compared with 16% who had done so in 2016.

College graduates – The share of college graduates who have read a print book or listened to an audiobook in the past 12 months has increased by 6 and 7 percentage points, respectively, since 2016. Notably, the share of high school graduates who have listened to an audiobook in the past 12 months has nearly doubled over that same time frame, from 9% in 2016 to 16% today.

Rural adults – Adults living in various community types are equally likely to listen to audiobooks. But 17% of those living in rural areas have listened to an audiobook in the past 12 months, up from 10% in 2016.

Note: See full topline results and methodology here (PDF). “

Stephen

Posted on: March 16, 2019, 6:41 am Category: Uncategorized

Pew: One in Four American Adults Did Not Read a Book in the Past Year

Pew: One in Four American Adults Did Not Read a Book in the Past Year

Pew: One in Four American Adults Did Not Read a Book in the Past Year

“The Pew Research Center has published the results of its latest bi-annual survey into American reading habits.  A survey conducted in early January 2018 showed that the number of Americans reading books has essentially remained unchanged since 2012:

About three-quarters (74%) of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year.

And while shares of print and e-book readers are similar to those from a survey conducted in 2016, there has been a modest but statistically significant increase in the share of Americans who read audiobooks, from 14% to 18%.”

Pew: One in Four American Adults Did Not Read a Book in the Past Year surveys & polls

Stephen

Posted on: March 15, 2019, 6:36 am Category: Uncategorized

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO TIKTOK

Karaoke in the library?

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO TIKTOK

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-use-tik-tok/

EMILY WAITE

IT’S BEEN MORE than three years since the lip-syncing app Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, first became popular among tweens and teens. The social network has since spread far beyond Generation Z: TikTok has been downloaded over 1 billion times, including 96 million in the United States, according to estimates from the research firm Sensor Tower. It’s also owned by the Chinese company Bytedance, now considered one of the most valuablestartups in the world. The app itself revolves around sharing 15-second videoclips, which are set to music often licensed from artists and record labels.

TikTok is now beloved not only by lip-syncing 14-year-olds, but also by comedians, athletes, and, yes, brands. Major corporations like Coca-Cola, Nike, ABC, and Google have run advertising campaigns on TikTok. Even Khloé Kardashian has been paid to post sponsored content on the platform. But the app isn’t just home to ads: TikTok is also ground zero for some of the internet’s most popular memes.”

Stephen

Posted on: March 15, 2019, 6:29 am Category: Uncategorized

Why libraries are vital in 21st century Britain – Catherine Stihler Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/why-libraries-are-vital-in-21st-century-britain-catherine-stihler-1-4879985?fbclid=IwAR2kNayyVUrLjk2VY3o1bcj7zGW6i4hs-g67gcXmTU_cm91ZPnXXJzFAeXc

Why libraries are vital in 21st century Britain – Catherine Stihler

Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/why-libraries-are-vital-in-21st-century-britain-catherine-stihler-1-4879985?fbclid=IwAR2kNayyVUrLjk2VY3o1bcj7zGW6i4hs-g67gcXmTU_cm91ZPnXXJzFAeXc

 

READ MORE: Pamela Tulloch: 21st century libraries are more popular than football

Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/why-libraries-are-vital-in-21st-century-britain-catherine-stihler-1-4879985?fbclid=IwAR2kNayyVUrLjk2VY3o1bcj7zGW6i4hs-g67gcXmTU_cm91ZPnXXJzFAeXc

Stephen

Posted on: March 14, 2019, 6:56 am Category: Uncategorized

OCLC Releases “The Library 100: Top Novels of All Time”

OCLC Releases “The Library 100: Top Novels of All Time”; List is Based on Titles Cataloged by More than 18,000 Libraries Worldwide

“From OCLC:

OCLC has published The Library 100: Top Novels of All Time, a list of the novels most widely available in libraries today. The list is based on data in WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections.

Produced and maintained by OCLC and individual member libraries and library organizations, WorldCat reflects the collections of more than 18,000 libraries worldwide. It includes information about more than 2.7 billion copies of more than 447 million titles. This aggregate worldwide library collection is likely the best view of the global scholarly and published record.

“Libraries provide a unique opportunity to track long-term trends in published literature,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “WorldCat is a unique resource that can tell us more about publishing patterns and, by extension, cultural patterns.”

Top 5

According to WorldCat, “Don Quixote,” by Miguel de Cervantes, is the most widely held novel in libraries worldwide. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll is second, followed by “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” both by Mark Twain. “Treasure Island,” by Robert Louis Stevenson, takes the fifth spot.

“Of course, the list of top novels emphasizes classics,” Prichard continued, “and so reflects dominant cultural views over the years about the canon and its formation. Librarians are aware of this and are more mindful than ever of the need to think critically about their collections. Librarians are actively seeking out and preserving overlooked, minority and marginalized perspectives.”

“These classic novels are published in multiple versions, translated, retold for younger readers and widely distributed in core collections,” noted Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC Vice President of Membership and Research. “We cluster these algorithmically, sometimes pulling together hundreds of different versions and editions.”

“The top novels list is an example of what is possible when we study aggregate library data,” Dempsey added. “We have also done other work, notably looking at the characteristics of the national published record in several individual countries. This aggregate collection can help us track both presences and absences across the library system, and help libraries take a more critical look at collections. At OCLC, we will be examining aspects of these topics in more depth.”

Direct to Complete The Library 100: Top Novels of All Time”

Direct to Blog Post by OCLC CEO Skip Prichard, “What Is The Top Novel Of All Time?”

Here are a Few Insights From the Library 100 List that Prichard Points Out in His Blog Post:

The three most widely held authors in terms of number of books on the list are Dickens with six, Jane Austen with four and Mark Twain, also with four.

Some novels have different names based on region. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (#45) in the US is the equivalent of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK. The Library 100 synthesizes these title variations.

Fantasy fiction (the Harry Potter series, #45 and #66) is the second most common genre with 13 titles. Historical fiction (The Three Musketeers, #26) and psychological fiction (Moby Dick, #9) tie for the third most common genre with 12 titles each.

The most “storied location” on the list—the setting for the most novels—is clearly the United Kingdom. Combined, all the subsets of the UK—England, Scotland, London, etc.—account for more than a third of the novels on the list!

Direct to Prichard’s Complete Blog Post”

Direct to Complete The Library 100: Top Novels of All Time””

Stephen

Posted on: March 14, 2019, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

Free Webinar: “STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR LIBRARY STAFF: REAL TOOLS FOR WORK AND LIFE BALANCE”


“STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR LIBRARY STAFF: REAL TOOLS FOR WORK AND LIFE BALANCE”


A 60-minute live webinar, part of a special Library 2.0 series with Dr. Steve Albrecht, held on Thursday, March 21st, 2019, at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. The recording will be available starting the day after the session.

In these interesting times, stress certainly can affect us in a lot of ways, both personally and professionally.  Whether it’s from stress on or off the job, there is no shortage of situations, people, or conflicts that can attack your mind and body from the inside out. This 60-minute webinar session will provide you with strategies to help you cope with what’s on your “Bug List.” Using the BREADS stress management tool, Dr. Steve Albrecht will discuss getting better balance, boundaries, and control.

The key to realistic stress management is your use of theBREADS model in your daily life: Breathing | Relaxation | Exercise | Attitude | Diet | Sleep. The last part of this program will include a quick and easy relaxation exercise led by Steve.

Audience: All library and school employees.

Learning Objectives: Is All Stress Bad For You? | Stress and Your Body | The Business Impact of Stress | Making Your Bug List | The Personal Side of Stress | The List of Seven Choices | Mind + Body Reactions | Cutting Out Toxic People | BREADS | A Focused Relaxation Technique.

A participant in Steve’s Coaching Webinar: “It truly was a great session.”

DR. STEVE ALBRECHT: Dr. Steve Albrecht has taught his half and full-day workshops for thousands of library managers, supervisors, and employees around the country. He is best known for his ALA 2015 book, Library Security, and his programs on library safety and security.

Steve holds a coaching certificate from the Fielding Graduate Institute, as well as a doctoral degree in Business Administration, an M.A. in Security Management, a B.S. in Psychology, and a B.A. in English. He is board certified in HR, security management, employee coaching, and threat assessment.

He has written 21 books on business, security, and law enforcement subjects.

COST: $74/person – includes access to the live session as well as the recording, access to the attendee discussion forum, and a certificate of attendance. (For group or other purchases, to submit a purchase order, or for any registration difficulties or questions, email [email protected].

TO REGISTER: Click on the JOIN WEBINAR button to the top right. You will first need to be a member of Library 2.0 (free) and be logged in. Please click “Sign Up” on the top right and we’ll get you approved quickly.

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Posted on: March 13, 2019, 10:30 am Category: Uncategorized