108 Law Libr. J. 684 (2016)
Thomas, Gillian. Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years that Changed American Women's Lives at Work

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conclusion. Reading the introduction is recommended because it defines the terms
analytics and metrics as used in the book: Analytics is the discovery and com-
munication  of meaningful patterns in data] whereas metrics means the criteria
against which something is measured (p.xxx).
    1121 The chapters cover the following topics: (1) big versus small data, (2) data-
driven collections management, (3) using data to demonstrate library impact and
value, (4) qualitative research on user experiences, (5) web and social media met-
rics, (6) the risks of analytics (i.e., ethical considerations), and (7) a data-driven
future. In general, beginning with an overview of big and small data, and then
focusing on more narrow  topics, makes a good organizational approach. However,
the authors provide only a cursory overview of each topic, which acts as an intro-
duction for things to consider, but it is not useful for aiding in the selection of
metrics or analytics for a particular institution. Further, the book does not address
using data to assist with reference decisions, procedures, or policies, which seems
like an important topic for a complete discussion on library analytics and metrics.
On  the other hand, there is a chapter devoted to the timely issue of web and social
media  metrics, which many readers may find informative.
    122 The case studies for each chapter vary significantly in their characteristics
and usefulness. For example, some use fairly small sample sizes (e.g., a 2012 survey
regarding desire for a shared library analytics service of all U.K. academic library
directors yielded only sixty-six responses), while others analyze large amounts of
data (e.g., a study measuring the web impact of five significant cultural heritage
institutions in the United Kingdom: the British Museum, the National Gallery, the
National History Museum,  the British Library, and the U.K. National Archives). In
addition, the case studies were limited in the amount of information provided, so
visiting the websites provided by the studies would be necessary to get a complete
understanding  of the raw data and results.
    123 In summary, a large library with funding available for data collection and
analysis may be able to use Library Analytics and Metrics as a starting point for
information on what  analytics and metrics other large institutions have explored,
but the book will not provide a roadmap  for a library to navigate developing its
own  data-driven decisions.

Thomas,  Gillian. Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed
    American  Women's  Lives at Work. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2016. 291p.
    $26.99.
                        Reviewed by Melissa Strickland*
    124 Using just ten selected U.S. Supreme Court cases, Gillian Thomas manages
to give a compelling and varied tour of women's rights issues under Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964 over the last fifty years. Thomas, a senior staff attorney
with the American  Civil Liberties Union, begins by describing the laughter that
followed the amendment   to insert sex into the list of protected classes in the act
and ends with some of the issues still facing women in the workplace today, in spite
of the progress that has occurred.

    *   Melissa Strickland, 2016. Reference and Instructional Services Librarian, Charleston School
of Law, Charleston, South Carolina.


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