Volume 37, Number 1 - January/February 2013
Disruptive change can make us nervous, but it should also become a vehicle for opportunities to enhance our value to our employers and to give us fulfilling professional and personal lives.
By Marydee Ojala
magazine transitions into a section within the new Online Searcher
, bq assures her longtime readers that the edginess that has always been a part of her publications is still alive and well, as her first batch of articles illustrates.
By Barbara Quint
Search Engine Update
New Search Features, Developments, and Content
By Greg R. Notess
Internet Librarian International and Charleston
Gadzooks, It's MOOCs! the Fuss over Open Source Learning
MOOCs (massive open online courses) have attracted the attention of massive numbers of people, who want to learn without paying tuition or getting college credit. Open source plays an important role.
By Stephen E. Arnold
Competition Among Competitive Intelligence Platforms
Platforms for competitive intelligence research have shifted from environmental scanning to reputation monitoring to tracking data from unconventional sources—and numerous new products clamor for the attention of researchers.
By Barbie E. Keiser
Virtual Reference and In-Depth Assistance Using Shared Work Spaces
Helping people when they're stuck with a search is vastly easier when a librarian can share the searcher's screen at the point of need, using collaboration tools such as Vyew.
By David Stern
The New Cooperative Patent Classification System: Improving Patent Searching
Combating redundancy, shrinking the backlog, and speeding up patent searching is the goal of the new cooperative patent classification system, which will benefit patent searchers worldwide.
By David Gange
Finch and Open Access: Debating the Future of Academic Publishing
The research report commissioned by the U.K. government on accessibility, sustain¬ ability, and excellence in academic research came out strongly in favor of the Gold route for open access publishing.
By Joanna Ptolomey
Trends in the Current Information Landscape and Their Significance for Researchers
Changes in web search engines, particularly Google, and in how people view information have a striking effect on what researchers can find and how they structure their searches.
By Arno H.P. Reuser
Today's librarians face two futures and two questions. Will we live in an all-digital environment? Can we succeed in a digital future, whether all digital or hybrid? ... SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT - The Doomsday Scenario
By Steve Coffman
Evaluate This! Teaching Web Validity From the Reference Desk
There are five keys to identifying quality websites: authority, currency, accuracy, commercialism, scope. Reference and systems librarian Irene McDermott says these are the basic tools for teaching patrons web validity when using the web to track down information.
By Irene E. McDermott
The Dollar Sign
Mining Industry Data: A Checklist Approach
Industry information is a standard component of business research, and using a checklist approach helps facilitate the process.
By Marydee Ojala
blekko: The Search Engine That Can
The blekko search engine combines a discerning search engine with a really good librarian.
By Mary Ellen Bates
The Path of Least Resistance
Students choose the easiest, quickest route when confronted with a research project, but a few practical steps will encourage them to change.
By William Badke
Designing websites so they fit on multiple screen sizes is easier when you use responsive design, which allows for a single design that responds to context.
By Jeff Wisniewski
On the Net
People searching presents many challenges, but major scholarly databases are making it easier to reliably find and disambiguate author names.
By Greg R. Notess
Open Access Ebooks
Discussions about open access publishing have revolved mainly around journals, but ebooks are also becoming open access.
By Sue Polanka
Recommended Reading on Embedded Librarians, Managing E-Reserves, and Social Media
By Deborah Lynne Wiley
The Better Mousetrap
SciFinder Redux and Related Chemical Information Resources
Bob Buntrock, a semi-retired chemist and info specialist, revisits SciFinder (SF), the search software used for accessing CAS and STN materials and databases, now that the National Institutes of Health is offering unlimited access to SF throughout its organization and constituent agencies. He highlights new enhancements as well as the main SF features and tools.
By Robert E. Buntrock