Bibliomining the Pareto Principle of Public Libraries

Yi Ting Yang, Jiann Cherng Shieh*

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The operation management or readers marketing of libraries cannot be only based on the experience and intuition of the library administrators. There must be some practical evidence to provide them as a reference for decision-making. Bibliomining is the use of statistics, bibliometrics, data mining, and other techniques to analyze the data generated by library operations, to explore the information available to library managers, and to assist their decision-making. From the application of the Pareto principle in business management, it is known that analyzing vital customers can help the growth of profit of product by marketing. Also, the main profit analysis helps in effective production management. This can, of course, be used analogously to the relationship of library readers and their circulations. Whenever using library readers borrowing data to discover the 80/20 rule (or Pareto Principle) existed in library circulation, we can further discuss the issues of operation management and reader marketing of the library from three perspectives: vital readers, major collection and both. In this study, we focus on the vital readers and the major collection as research topics. Under the situation of 80/20 in library circulation, we apply data mining techniques to further explore what characteristics of vital readers, useful collections and their impacts on the library.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems Architecture and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of 40th Anniversary International Conference on Information Systems Architecture and Technology – ISAT 2019 - Part III
EditorsZofia Wilimowska, Leszek Borzemski, Jerzy Swiatek
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030304423
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event40th Anniversary International Conference on Information Systems Architecture and Technology, ISAT 2019 - Wrocław, Poland
Duration: 2019 Sept 152019 Sept 17

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


Conference40th Anniversary International Conference on Information Systems Architecture and Technology, ISAT 2019


  • 80/20 rule
  • Bibliomining
  • Data mining
  • Pareto principle
  • Public libraries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • General Computer Science


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