Volume 37, Number 4 - July/August 2013
Whatever direction search is headed, information professionals need to be there first, waving directional signs and guiding people to the best search and discovery experience possible.
By Marydee Ojala
Guest editorial writer Sue Feldman offers her views on InfoApps, drawing from her 2012 book, The Answer Machine
By Sue Feldman
New Search Features, Developments, and Content
By Greg R. Notess
Medical Library Association; Association of College & Research Libraries
The traditional metrics for determining journal and article quality—journal impact factor and citation counts—fall short in today's research world. Newer, alternative metrics take into account nontraditional scholarly outputs such as working papers, technical reports, datasets, and conference presentations.
By Stacey Konkiel
The SEC recently ruled that public companies can make announcements via social media, specifically Twitter. This has profound implications for researchers who now need to include social media in their search strategies and for aggregators that need to determine how to incorporate tweets and status updates into their products.
By Amy Affelt
Companies have different approaches to knowledge management, and a few share their systems outside their corporate walls—notably, General Electric's Access GE and CCH's CCH Knowledge Connect.
By Barbie E. Keiser
Prospect researchers help fundraisers find people with money and identify the causes they're likely to donate to and the probability that they will give. Marge King provides a wealth of sources or prospect researchers.
By Margaret King
DonorSearch is a robust tool for prospect researchers, revealing not only how much someone is capable of giving but also their actual past philanthropy.
By Joann M. Wlekinski
Robert Steele, a longtime proponent of open source for intelligence research, expounds on his views that open source everywhere will liberate human imagination and create infinite wealth.
By Stephen E. Arnold
The opportunities presented by EBSCO to library and information science researchers are great, since EBSCO now offers three databases covering the discipline. Experienced librarian and adjunct faculty member Ruth Pagell explores the databases and comments on their strengths and weaknesses.
By Ruth A. Pagell
Irene McDermott wowed the interview panel to win the position of interim city librarian with this response to a question about how to stretch library dollars: "Implement free, web-based applications to improve the library's productivity." Here she shares some of these apps and where to find them.
By Irene E. McDermott
Do medical websites help people become more informed, proactive patients or paranoid hypochondriacs? To find out, Stephanie Ardito examines the types of consumer health information available on the internet.
By Stephanie C. Ardito
Is social media now replacing the reference role libraries have filled for more than a century? Herther looks at this issue as well as some of the more well-known online services, particularly Goodreads, recently bought out by Amazon.
For more on social media as a readers advisory, as well as a look at Amazon's acquisition history,
see this web-only SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT.
By Nancy K. Herther
Terry Ballard tries out apps from the likes of Google and Bing that purport to help people navigate and find what they're looking for, floor-by-floor, from a painting in an art exhibit to a burger in a shopping center. Libraries are even starting to use them.
By Terry Ballard
On the Net
Recent developments at web search engines capitalize on known data to transform search into knowledge delivery, changing how search looks.
By Greg R. Notess
Information literacy involves a great deal more than search; researchers must make connections to conceptualize a project from its initial stages to completion.
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
Are the Big Three — Dialog, Factiva, and LexisNexis—still relevant? What alternatives should be in the business researcher's toolkit?
By Marydee Ojala
EPUB3 is a distribution and interchange format standard for ebooks that has ramifications for librarians in their collection development activities.
By Sue Polanka
The task of creating an accessible site requires thoughtful design, awareness of the issues, appropriate techniques and methods, and consistent employment of these techniques.
By Darlene Fichter
By Deborah Lynne Wiley
The new strategic role for information professionals is to provide clients with something they didn't know or expect.
By Mary Ellen Bates