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Big Data Shocks


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Part I: First Shocks Chapter 1: Defining Data Chapter 2: The Rise of Big Data Chapter 3: The Tools and Applications of Big Data Part II: Reality Shocks Chapter 4: Big Data and the Issue of Privacy Chapter 5: Corporate Overreach in the Era of Big Data Chapter 6: Political Spying in the Era of Big Data Chapter 7: Information Overload and Big Data Part III: Library Shocks Chapter 8: Big Data, Libraries, and Collection Development Chapter 9: Data Management Planning Strategies for Libraries in the Age of Big Data Chapter 10: Academic Disciplines, their Data Needs, and How Libraries Can Cater to Them Part IV: Future Shocks Chapter 11: Libraries and the Culture of "Big Assessment" Chapter 12: Building the "Smart Library" of the Future

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Andrew Weiss is a digital services librarian at California State University, Northridge, with over ten years of experience working in an academic library. His current and prior research examines the impact of massive digital libraries such as Google Books and the HathiTrust on libraries and library users, the future directions of open access publishing, information overload, and the intersection of big data and assessment in libraries.


I am very impressed with Big Data Shocks. It covers everything from what we mean when we talk about data to privacy, corporate overreach, social media, surveillance, as well as how data impacts libraries. This is a very useful book for all libraries, especially those in higher education. -- Rebecca L. Mugridge, dean of University Libraries, University at Albany
What we today call `big data' is both history's best implementation of the mythical Library of Alexandria (aimed at the collection of all the world's knowledge) and history's best implementation of Borges' Library of Babel (demonstrating the impossibility and futileness of such endeavor). In Big Data Shocks, Andrew Weiss takes a long overdue close look at the unavoidable fusion between libraries and big data. He rightfully calls the result `shocks,' including `reality shocks' and `future shocks.' He also shows that these current shocks actually allow librarians and information professionals to implement their mandates better than we could have ever imagined even a few years ago. Modern big data challenges, such as privacy and corporate overreach, can benefit decisively from the lessons learned over centuries of librarianship. This is a must-read for any professional in the area. -- Martin Hilbert, associate professor, department of Communication, University of California, Davis and distinguished scholar, Kuge Center, U.S. Library of Congress

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