Exploring Circulation Data

Thanks to the work of graduate student Hyunyou Choi, our circulation strip-chart tool has now been made interactive. This tool allows for the interactive visualization of the circulation patterns of the various “One Book, One Chicago” selections across different clusters of library branches and to highlight individual branches.

See below for an example. Follow this link to try it yourself: https://hyunyouchoi.shinyapps.io/BookCirculation_HY/

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Circulation Modeling

Partly inspired by the reception of our work at the LITA Forum (see previous post) and partly by a desire to clean up a bunch of ugly code left-over from a year of hacking by 4 different programmers, I started over with the entire RCR  data pipeline.

The results are a set of R notebooks with HTML output that you can see on the Circulation Modeling page.

Lessons learned:

  • Our previous model of how books were announced and promoted was incorrect. Two of the books, The Warmth of Other Suns and The Book Thief, were announced in the Spring, even though the events were scheduled in the fall. This explains some
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