Big Data Librarians Have Landed

We published a pretty special book this week – Amy Affelt’s The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications and Opportunities for Librarians and Information Professionals. I had a good feeling about this project from the start, and sure enough, before there was even a webpage or a catalog listing for the book, people were calling and emailing to ask when it was going to be available.


(I’m not sure where they heard about it, but apparently they all needed it right away.)

Well, now the book is available (at a reduced price for another week or so) and I predict it will be our most in-demand title of 2015. Hats off to Amy Affelt who did everything right – even blowing her editor’s mind by delivering her manuscript early. (Like THAT ever happens!)

Most importantly, Amy brings a perfect mix of passion and knowledge to her Big Data manifesto for librarians. She is determined to see her peers take their rightful seat at the Big Data table, plus she knows where the table is and how to get the intimidating guy in the suit to stop scowling and pull a chair out for you.

For those who want to know more, we issued a press release on Monday, and if you have some time to inspect the particulars, download the pdf sampler which includes the book’s Table of Contents,  Introduction, Chapter 1, and an author bio. (Don’t miss the bonus headshot of our photogenic “celebrity” author.)

Amy Affelt has done something important in writing this book. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do for an encore.

About John Bryans

John B. Bryans is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the book publishing divisions of Information Today, Inc. (ITI) and its sister company, Plexus Publishing, Inc. Since 1979 John has worked in book publishing as an editor, book packager, and publisher. He began his career in the world of New York mass-market publishing, specializing in historical fiction and popular nonfiction before moving into technology publishing in the late 1980s. In 1995, at Online Inc., he launched CyberAge Books—a popular line of titles for online searchers, librarians, and business information professionals. In 1998 ITI acquired CyberAge Books and John joined the ITI staff on the edge of the Pine Barrens in rural southern New Jersey. Currently, he acquires and edits books and ebooks in diverse genres including library and information science and technology, cyberculture, education and careers in the information professions, educational technology, knowledge management, networking and customer engagement, indexing, and clinical research, and—regionally for southern New Jersey—mystery and suspense, history, nature and the environment. In 2001 he acquired and published Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson, which inspired an Emmy-winning dramatic series on HBO and became the publisher's first New York Times bestseller.