Volume 37, Number 2 - March/April 2013
We're rethinking almost every aspect of the information world and information work.
By Marydee Ojala
Barbara Quint wants to know what new services and products info pros would like to have at their disposal now and in the future.
By Barbara Quint
Search Engine Update
New Search Features, Developments, and Content
By Greg R. Notess
Association for Library and Information Science Education
Searching for News Online: Challenging Traditional Methods
News researchers compare how the traditional news aggregators stack up against digital news sources, both for locating historical newspaper articles and tracking current news, and explore the new skill sets needed.
By Linda Sabelhaus, Michelle Cawley
Bringing Transparency to Private Company Research: PrivCo and InfoArmy
Two new databases, InfoArmy and Privco, concentrate on private company information and are dedicated to uncovering otherwise unreported information, thus combating the dearth of data about non-public companies.
By Barbie E. Keiser
Google Books opened up librarians' eyes to the possibility of mass scanning to make library materials available in digital form. HathiTrust and the Digital Public Library of America demonstrate the feasibility of digital libraries.
By Paul S. Piper
Datamyne: Mining for Trade Data
Datamyne is a new product that tracks international trade data, which reports the movement of goods in and out of a country's ports, usually by ship. This review finds Datamyne to be very useful.
By Ruth A. Pagell
Using LinkedIn for Human Resources, Competitive Intelligence research
LinkedIn can help researchers find information about companies, about potential employees, and about personal sources for corporate or topic intelligence.
By Nancy Fawley
Waiting for Weighted Navigation
Library discovery services can have a difficult time surfacing government documents. The navigation, filtering, and effectiveness of preliminary federated and/or harvesting search tools often don't overcome the swamping effect.
By David Stern
Dueling over Open Source CRM
Open source software will slash and parry its way into customer relationship management systems. As a growing force in the enterprise and in libraries, open source is well on its way to supplanting commercial software.
By Stephen E. Arnold
Abby Clobridge explains why 2012 was a watershed year for the open access movement, examining events that unfolded, current OA issues, and resulting challenges. SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT - What is Open Access?
By Abby Clobridge
Archiving Web Content
James Careless interviews three experts who work with information repositories about how to reliably preserve web content.
By James Careless
As it becomes more fraught with issues of governance and development, Nancy Herther looks at how the internet can remain a worldwide entrepreneurial hub while ensuring impartial international oversight and protection of privacy and data. SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT - Who Governs the Internet Now?
By Nancy K. Herther
Nothin' But Net - Basketball on the Web
Feel inadequate when March Madness tips off? Irene McDermott provides you with a college basketball primer so you will talk like a pro around the water cooler during the NCAA men's and women's tournaments.
By Irene E. McDermott
The Dollar Sign
Getting Paid: Researching Wages and Salaries
Knowing the going wage and salary rates is important for individuals, policy wonks, human resources, and other researchers.
By Marydee Ojala
Consider the library as platform, with information alchemy creating insights and shared expertise.
By Mary Ellen Bates
Teaching Information Cultures
In academia, students and faculty live in parallel universes when it comes to research and recognizing quality sources.
By William Badke
Free Tools for Webmasters
In times of budget cutbacks, it's good to know about free tools for analytics, web fonts, code libraries, images, and icons.
By Jeff Wisniewski
On the Net
Leveraging Multimedia in Web Search
Now that cameras are embedded in many devices, what are best practices for searching images, video, and other multimedia sources?
By Greg R. Notess
Ebook Access: Business Models for Subscription Services
Publishers of ebooks employ various subscription models that affect acquisition and access.
By Sue Polanka
Recommended Reading on Distance Education, Enterprise Search, and WordPress
By Deborah Lynne Wiley