Mining and Analyzing Patron's Book-Loan Data and University Data to Understand Library Use Patterns
The purpose of this paper is to study the patron's usage behavior in an academic library. This study investigates on pattern of patron's books borrowing in Khunying Long Athakravisunthorn Learning Resources Center, Prince of Songkla University that influence patron's academic achievement during on academic year 2015-2018. The study collected and analyzed data from the libraries, registrar, and human resources. The students' performance data was obtained from PSU Student Information System and the rest from ALIST library information system. WEKA was used as the data mining tool employing data mining techniques of association rules and clustering. All data sets were mined and analyzed to identify characteristics of the patron's book borrowing, to discover the association rules of patron's interest, and to analyze the relationships between academic library use and undergraduate students' achievement. The results reveal patterns of patron's book loan behavior, patterns of book usage, patterns of interest rules with respect to patron's interest in book borrowing, and patterns of relationships between patron's borrowing and their grade. The ability to clearly identify and describe library patron's behavior pattern can help library in managing resources and services more effectively. This study provides a sample model as guideline or campus partnerships and for future collaborations that will take advantage of the academic library information and data mining to improve library management and library services.
Libraries Lend Books, and Must Continue to Lend Books: Internet Archive Responds to Lawsuit
According to the Internet Archive every digital learner’s access to library books is at stake due to a lawsuit brought by four commercial publishers. That is why they are standing up to defend the rights of hundreds of libraries that are using Controlled Digital Lending.
College Librarians Prepare for Looming Budget Cuts, and Journal Subscriptions Could Be in for a Trim
University librarians are preparing for tough times ahead, even though the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to be fully understood. Could big deals with publishers be on the chopping block?
ARL Urges Publishers to Maximize Access to Digital Content During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joins global library associations in urging publishers to maximize access to digital content during the emergency conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an unprecedented time for the academic enterprise, and humanity will benefit from an unprecedented response by publishers in support of research and learning.
'Recenter Library Systems on the User': An Interview with OhioLINK's Gwen Evans
The major US library consortium OhioLINK has created a vision for the systems that libraries use for acquiring content from publishers, managing collections, and enabling discovery. An interview about this vision with executive director Gwen Evans.
It's Not What Libraries Hold; It's Who Libraries Serve
The business of higher education, as it relates to libraries, is undergoing continued and drastic change. Managing collections is now only one aspect of library management, which is moving towards a user-centered future.
'Is the library open?': Correlating unaffiliated access to academic libraries with open access support
In the context of a growing international focus on open access publishing options and mandates, this paper explores the extent to which the ideals of ‘openness’ are also being applied to physical knowledge resources and research spaces.
Libraries provide vital digital services to their host institutions. If these services carry clear library identity branding, it strengthens the library's position in the university and enables it to secure the budget and political capital necessary to do its work.
Advance knowledge in service of equitable and open scholarship is the mission of the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship. CREOS seeks evidence about the best ways disparate communities can participate in scholarship with minimal bias or barriers.
Academy-owned? Academic-led? Community-led? What's at Stake in the Words We Use to Describe New Publishing Paradigms
There is no question that we are facing significant challenges and opportunities as the traditional publishing model begins to falter. How the academy positions itself at this moment will have consequences for years to come.
Austria: Five Leading Universities and Most Important Funder Unite to Support the Open Library of Humanities
Five Austrian institutions, including the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as Higher Supporters, have come together to begin work on a national consortium to support the Open Library of Humanities.
EUA Publishes Big Deals Survey Report, the First European-Level Mapping of Major Scientific Contracts in Europe
A survey focusing on the functions and working process of consortia, as well as on the conditions of contracts for big deals concerning scientific periodicals, databases, and e-books. The results of the survey show that consortia broadly represent the interests of relevant stakeholders from the university and library sectors and are largely driven by researchers’ needs.
Libraries Reject Taylor & Francis Opportunistic Change of Contract
More than hundred and ten libraries have signed an open letter to Taylor & Francis: the academic research which was previously available to universities as part of the Taylor & Francis "big deal" will now have to be purchased as a separate package.