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Data Science for Librarians

Libraries Unlimited. Mar. 2020. 160p. ISBN 9781440871214. pap. $65. PRO MEDIA
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Du (associate dean, Coll. of Information, Univ. of North Texas) and Khan (teaching fellow, Univ. of North Texas) have produced a solid introduction to the specialized area of data science for librarians. Over 12 chapters, the authors provide a foundational introduction to what data is and its impact on society. Additional chapters focus on how the creation, curation, presentation, management, storage, analytics, ethics, and preservation of data have changed the day-to-day work of librarians and archivists. Other chapters cover specific areas of concern for academic, public, and special libraries. Well written and full of practical and theoretical information, this volume offers a thorough survey of the tools, software, and skill set necessary for data curation.
VERDICT A worthy contribution to the dynamic field of data science, suited for library professionals in all types of libraries.

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