by Barbara Brynko
Over the past few years, the news headlines have been chock-full of reports about natural disasters: hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires. And more often than not lately, some of our readers have painstakingly endured a combination of them. Yet, even if we haven’t been personally affected by such disasters, we know someone who has.
That’s why we thought it was time for a feature about disaster planning and recovery. Armed with tips and advice for creating a Plan B for disasters, “Don’t Get Caught With Your Servers Down,” written by Donovan Griffin ( IT’s new assistant editor and staff writer), can get companies moving in the right direction.
Then, we’re tracking some important industry trends in two other separate features. “What’s Trending in Ebooks” steps into the digital world of ebooks with a closer look at innovative platforms and tools that are designed to heighten the e-reading experience. Several experts share insights about the latest ebook technology and what should be on your radar.
And in “Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide,” Marydee Ojala, editor-in-chief of Online Searcher magazine, explores the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Trend Report and the big issues that will be unfolding in the months to come. Think new technologies and their impact on information access, the global economy, traditional learning, privacy, and hyperconnected societies.
Finally, it’s time to congratulate George H. Pike, IT’s longtime Legal Issues columnist, who will be making a big move at the end of the month. Be sure to find out more about his move and his history as an IT columnist on page 12.
Enjoy the issue.
— Barbara Brynko