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The Discoverability Problem: How To Get Out of the Filter Bubble Recommendation Systems?

The Discoverability Problem: How To Get Out of the Filter Bubble Recommendation Systems? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it


Robin Good: Brett Sandusky attacks the "discovery" topic with simple, straight logic, analyzing what all the new startups and the new tech fanatics seem to systematically look over.

 

How can you help me discover new stuff, if you are intentionally limiting your exploratory gathering to algorithms and to, however varied, network of contacts?

 

She writes: "The discoverability problem in books is a challenge. It’s about connecting users to new and interesting titles, that they wouldn’t normally have seen. This last part bears repeating: …that they wouldn’t normally have seen.

 

Ultimately, the problem with all these discoverability sites is this: their algorithms (if they are even using an algorithm) are based on aggregate data in a one size fits all model.


The more people who read something, the more often it shows up in your recommendations. But, that’s not discoverability. That’s the NYT bestseller list. That’s Nielsen Bookscan telling you the top sales of the week.


Just because most of my friends are reading bestsellers (because, duh, whose aren’t? In fact, that seems to just reinforce the concept of the term “bestseller”) does that mean I should only be shown these titles?

 

Obviously, the answer is no. But, how do we get there?"

 

The answer is that we need a) more expert and qualified human intervention to unearth and pick new stuff, and b) behavioral data coupled with data collected on customer preference to allows us to connect those selected materials to the users in the system.

 

 

Rightful. Timely. 8/10

 

Find out: http://www.brettsandusky.com/2012/10/05/discover-me/

 

(Image credit: Josephine Wall - Discovery)

 

 


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Robin Good's comment, October 14, 2012 3:56 AM
Too bad that it is only in Russian, as I can't make much sense of whether there is real value in there or not. Or is it there a western language edition?
RPattinson-Daily's comment, October 14, 2012 8:20 AM
Robin Good, thank You for attention to my comment. Unfortunately, due to crisis of 2008 plans of creation its western language edition were terminated. However, concept, technologies, business model of such recommendation service for creative goods (books, movies, music) were described in book “The Economics of Symbolic Exchange” by Alexander Dolgin (2006) (http://www.amazon.com/Economics-Symbolic-Exchange-Alexander-Dolgin/dp/354079882X). I was content curator, market researcher and editor of this book.
It can be read by parts/chapters depending on interest (see its Contents in Amazon). For example, chapter 1.3 about consumer navigation in creative industry such as online music market, ch.2.7 – survey of recommender systems. The music industry was first where recommendation systems based on collaborative filtering were implemented (for example Last.Fm, and many others). How well they are working you may check out for music – Last.Fm (www.last.fm), for movies – Netflix (www.netflix.com).
Robin Good's comment, October 14, 2012 9:12 AM
Thank you for clarifying this and having provided these useful references.
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The Librarian Extraordinaire

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Don’t Librarians Just Shelve Books All Day? Or How a Book Helped Me To Begin to Squelch Stereotypes

I’ve always been, well, a bit obsessed about the role of libraries in the world.  As a new librarian, I was never really able to put into words what I thought my role-well, actually, my mission, was.  I’d always hammer on about how important librarians were in a world where information was omnipresent.  I’d talk about the importance of librarians in developing critical thinking.  None of this felt right, though…because what I slowly, but surely, was starting to do (and inspired by so many amazing librarians near and far), felt so BEYOND just that.

But here’s the deal, and if you’re reading this, I’m sure you know.  I don’t think any profession is as stereotyped as librarians.

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The burning of libraries

The burning of libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

In one moment, a mob of barbarians can destroy a country's history, can erase the work of lifetimes of scholars, can inflict a wound on humanity that it will still be suffering 1,000 years later - long after the religion and philosophy and cause of the barbarians is forgotten.

 

List of destroyed libraries

Book burning

List of book-burning incidents

Iconoclasm

Trudy Raymakers's insight:

The reason they burn libraries and books is mirroring the worth.

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Smithsonian Libraries Receives 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Award - Smithsonian Libraries Unbound

Smithsonian Libraries Receives 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Award - Smithsonian Libraries Unbound | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has selected the “Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project” for a 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award. The award of $491,713 will help support increased accessibility to original scientific documentation found in archival field notes in participating institution collections. Field notes provide valuable, primary research more »
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Reading positions: 14 fabulous pictures and cartoons

Reading positions: 14 fabulous pictures and cartoons | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Pictures and cartoons hilariously summarizing the pains of every avid reader. Reading positions - no matter where and how long you read.
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How Independent Bookstores Are Thriving in the Digital Age

How Independent Bookstores Are Thriving in the Digital Age | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Though the media described the rise of ebooks as a death knell for independent bookstores, in reality, the lower cost of technology on all ends has enhanced the efficiency and reach of stores. By Erin L.Cox. 

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The calamity of the disappearing school libraries | The Edvocate

The calamity of the disappearing school libraries | The Edvocate | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Debra Kachel, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania :From coast to coast, elementary and high school libraries are being neglected, defunded, repurposed. The kindest thing that can be said about this is that it’s curious; the more accurate explanation is that it’s just wrong and very foolish.

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The Age of Wikipedia — Annoyed Librarian

The Age of Wikipedia — Annoyed Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Last week I criticized another gloom and doom article. The premise of the article was that librarians were doomed because reference librarians weren’t being asked questions anymore and couldn’t figure out what to do with themselves. Or something like that.

Last week also saw the 15th anniversary of Wikipedia. There might be some connection between those two things.

Fifteen years of Wikipedia and a bit over seventeen years of Google. When it comes to finding and accessing basic information about the world, things are much rosier than they were at the turn of the century, unless you’re a librarian who built a career on answering ready reference questions or a member of the public who thinks libraries exist only to answer such questions.

Hence the gloom and doom. Displaced librarians lovingly fondling the last print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the 15th edition from 2010, and wishing someone would ask them to look up a fact. Tech journalists who haven’t set foot in a public library since they were children telling us all about how libraries are irrelevant because they never use them.

 
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Library Leadership, Electronic Resources, Self-Study | LJ Reviews

Library Leadership, Electronic Resources, Self-Study | LJ Reviews | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Creating Leaders is for librarians in any kind of leadership role, whether formally or informally; an overview of the impact electronic resources; how to capture data that will promote services and demonstrate value-added activities
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NYPL Shows Academic Libraries What "Public Domain" Means

NYPL Shows Academic Libraries What "Public Domain" Means | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library has now opened up hundreds of thousands of their digitized public-domain documents to unrestricted access and reuse, encouraging members the general public to exercise all the rights in those documents that the law gives them. Why aren't more academic libraries doing the same thing?
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Markers of Quality: The Role of Librarians in Everyday Life Information Literacy | Peer to Peer Review

Markers of Quality: The Role of Librarians in Everyday Life Information Literacy | Peer to Peer Review | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
This all started when my teenage son reported that Adam Sandler has Ebola. He saw it trending on Facebook. I sighed inwardly and asked if he had looked at the source of the information. Being the son of a librarian he quickly said: “Yes! CNN.COM.”
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You don’t have to close public libraries to kill the principle upon which they were built

You don’t have to close public libraries to kill the principle upon which they were built | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Ian Anstice examines how local library services across the UK have been affected by cuts. Although less than 10 per cent have been axed since 2010, the services
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Students launch "read-in" at DuSable High to protest losing librarian - Chicago

Students launch "read-in" at DuSable High to protest losing librarian - Chicago | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

So when they learned their librarian’s position was being cut as of winter break next week, they sat down Friday morning in the hallways outside their library, and refused to go to class until Chicago Public Schools gave her back. They parked themselves on the floors to read and pleaded on social media to #SaveOurLibrarian.

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How books can sap the soul and poison readers with ideas — Tara Isabella Burton — Aeon Essays

What’s more wholesome than reading? Yet books wield a dangerous power: the best erode self, infecting readers with ideas
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Nine Oscar 2016 nominations that are based on books

Nine Oscar 2016 nominations that are based on books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Here is a list of nine Oscar 2016 nominations that are based on books or inspired by books.
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The Weirdest Stories Are Sometimes the Most Real

The Weirdest Stories Are Sometimes the Most Real | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
For years, I thought of weirdness and personal storytelling as sort of opposites. You can have surreal, cartoony, acid-trippy, logic-melting insanity, or you can tell a grounded emotional story about people. But the big epiphany I had while writing All the Birds in the Sky is, sometimes weirdness is intensely personal.
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Imagining an Ultra-Futuristic Library for Houston

Imagining an Ultra-Futuristic Library for Houston | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Here’s a library that Houston didn’t know it needed.

Michael Arellanes II, the architect and principal at the firm MA2, is exploring a series of grand design concepts for downtown Houston. No one in Houston has asked him to do this work, mind you. This is architectural spitballing.

In a post on the firm’s site, Arellanes II imagines a high-concept library and exhibition center for a parcel just north of downtown. The building is a star cluster of interlocking leaves, each of which provides programming space for what appears to be a truly massive library.

“By having a series of harmonic manifolds of book collection space and the mixing of programmatic function for exhibition”—[deep breath]—“it generates a dynamical system of flowing conditions which manifests with moments of extrapolation within the tectonic massing and circulation,” Arellanes II writes.
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14 million fewer books available in libraries than when David Cameron took office

14 million fewer books available in libraries than when David Cameron took office | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Official statistics reveal the depth of library cuts under the Tories as
campaigners brand approach 'abysmal and appalling'
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Librarians in the Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine

Librarians in the Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
ALA President Sari Feldman and President-Elect Julie Todaro respond to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial about librarians in the age of Google.
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20 project management tips for libraries

20 project management tips for libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The start of the year often sees the implementation of strategy in a bigger way. In this context, I will share 20 project management (PM) tips based on lessons learnt from my 20 years of managing international and national digital projects and from some of the great project managers I’ve been lucky to work with.

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Reassembling the Lost Library of a 16th-Century Magician Who Spoke to Angels

Reassembling the Lost Library of a 16th-Century Magician Who Spoke to Angels | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The 16th-century John Dee was a magician in the court of Elizabeth I, a man who had conversations with angels, an astrologer once imprisoned for predicting Queen Mary Tudor’s death through her horoscope, and a spy. He signed his coded name as 007, a sign-off
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A Brief History of Books That Do Not Exist

A Brief History of Books That Do Not Exist | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

1. The Three Main Sections of the Invisible Library. I love books that exist almost as much as I love books that don’t exist. So I have written some books, The Seas, The Invention of Everything Else and Mr. Splitfoot, but more importantly I have not written many, many more books. Ed Park, co-founder and co-librarian of the Invisible Library tells us that:

In Raymond Chandler’s posthumously published notebooks, we find 36 unused titles, from The Man With the Shredded Ear to The Black-Eyed Blonde, as well as reference to Aaron Klopstein, author of such books as Cat Hairs in the Custard and Twenty Inches of Monkey.

Imagine the potential, the possible! Clearly the list of books that don’t exist like the Invisible Library itself, is without border or end.

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Meme librarian is a real job — and it’s the best one on the Internet

Meme librarian is a real job — and it’s the best one on the Internet | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Amanda Brennan is a librarian for the Internet.

Brennan’s official job title is content  and community associate at Tumblr, but everyone at the microblogging platform calls her their “meme librarian.” She spends her days on the front lines of an online meme’s creation, dissemination and, yes, inevitable death.

As she explains it, “My community is the Internet.” At Tumblr, Brennan sifts through the thousands of pieces of original content, from vines to videos to text posts — and from there, she catalogs ongoing trends, identifies up-and-coming blogs and documents the latest news in the Tumblrverse.

Brennan’s career in meme librarianism began in graduate school at Rutgers, where she received a master’s in library science — the degree required to become a librarian. But instead of heading to a brick-and-mortar library, Brennan continued documenting online phenomena at Know Your Meme and then at Tumblr, where she solidified her profession as information desk for doge, mmm whatcha say and the other viral Internet sensations in need of classification, categorization and preservation.

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The Wikipedia Library/1Lib1Ref - Meta

The Wikipedia Library/1Lib1Ref - Meta | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Imagine a World where Every Librarian Added One More Reference to Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is a first stop for researchers: let's make it better!

 

#1Lib1Ref (One Librarian, One Reference) is a campaign during the week of January 15–23, 2016, calling on librarians around the world to apply their special expertise in research to add just one more reference to Wikipedia. The campaign is part of Wikipedia's 15th anniversary celebration.

Wikipedia is an invaluable part of every researcher's process: every reference added by a librarian means one more reference in any Wikipedia article that helps the next researcher, or librarian helping a researcher, ensure that the best information gets shared with the public. Join us, and make a small contribution to the sum of all human knowledge!


The National Library of Israel regularly answers reference questions for Wikipedia editors and readers. Learn more about how research libraries can contribute to Wikipedia!

Because anyone can edit Wikipedia, the Wikipedia community developed a core strategy for ensuring quality of information in its articles: including footnotes to reliable sources to allow Wikipedia readers to "verify" the information. This strategy helps the global volunteer community effectively work towards meeting Wikipedia's vision: "the sum of all human knowledge."

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Community hubs, tools for learning and more – libraries in 2015

Community hubs, tools for learning and more – libraries in 2015 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

What’s the point of a library in 2015?

It’s a question that’s been raised as St. Albert moves toward planning a new community branch. Council voted to set aside funding during recent budget deliberations, with planning to start in 2016.

Library board members, staff and some community members have long been advocating for a new branch.

Toni Samek, a professor and chair of the University of Alberta’s School of Library and Information Studies and a St. Albert resident, is a library supporter.

“I’m absolutely obviously thrilled at the latest development,” Samek said.

She said libraries can be used to provide information, education, recreation and culture.

“This can be cyclical for people. There’s different points of needs in our lives,” she said. “You may not be using it this week or this month or this year, but somebody is. And it’s the idea also of not just borrowing items, it’s not just about the collections and all the facets of a multi-lingual, multi-format collection and access to that including for people with disabilities, for example, but a space that represents democratic space in the public sphere.”

That can include events such as talks or workshops, or even just playing host to people looking to meet, interact or to help fight feeling isolated.

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