Penn State’s library has a system where books move, or “float”, between its many locations. I was hired to provide some insight to the patterns of book movement. I created tools to predict future book distribution, track changes in the recency of collections, and investigate book movement by call numbers.

Live Version: http://aaronpdennis.github.io/floating-library/

Preview:

A demonstration of one of the interfaces I developed for library administrators.

Notes:

  • Python script process monthly snapshots, each an Excel spreadsheet with nearly one million records
  • bash script automates the creation of a report each month
  • web-based report built with D3.js