by Barbara Brynko
Granted, a large portion of the editorial content for Information Today is devoted to global news, recent M&As, new product rollouts, and challenges facing library and information professionals, but that’s certainly not all.
The other critical component that adds an unwavering richness to IT’s news coverage is the insight from our network of columnists and writers. These unsung heroes uncover gems on the information landscape, or they provide commentary on the industry. They see digital behavior from a lighthearted perspective.
IT ’s columnists keep tabs on the industry from a variety of vantage points. First of all, our columnists have day jobs that keep their sights focused on their corner of the industry, from academic librarians to assistant professors of law to copyright experts. And we can stop right there for a moment. Columnist K. Matthew Dames, who writes about timely copyright issues in Intellectual Property, is featured on the front page this month. He definitely touched a collective nerve with his discussion of Section 108 reform and copyright exceptions for libraries in the digital age, an issue that is particularly timely. Plus, Dames shared some good news with us: He’s just been appointed interim dean-designate of the Syracuse University Libraries, effective July 1. You can read more about his new venture and his career on page 36.
And in this issue, I’d like to sing the praises of the other IT columnists (in alphabetical order, of course): Stephen E. Arnold, John Charlton, Paula J. Hane, Dick Kaser, Shirley Duglin Kennedy, Mick O’Leary, George H. Pike, Barbara Quint, as well as Jamie Babbitt, Gwen M. Gregory, David King, Thomas Pack, and Lauree Padgett.
So, hats off to our editorial team who makes every issue of IT better and more insightful. Enjoy the issue.
— Barbara Brynko