Volume 38, Number 3 - May/June 2014
We'd like to think that increasing the amount and variety of information results in more knowledge and less ignorance. But when everyone's a researcher, misinformation and disinformation coexist with solid information in search results.
By Marydee Ojala
In this guest editorial, Charles Hamaker, associate university librarian for collection development and electronic resources at UNC-Charlotte, believes publishers are ready to set in motion a scheme to destroy the secondary textbook market by eliminating the competition and thus controlling prices.
By Charles Hamaker
Search Engine Update
New Search Features, Developments, and Content
By Greg R. Notess
Spreading the News; Re-Envisioning Information Businesses
Downloading Ebooks: Solutions for a Complex Process
With so many different vendors offering ebooks to libraries, issues arise about downloading due to the lack of standardization among vendors. Two Nova Southeastern University librarians offer their tips and techniques to solve downloading problems and make the process more transparent and obvious.
By Melissa Maria Johnson, Matthew Buckley
M.B.A. Students Assess Business Databases
How would end-user graduate students in a competitive intelligence class evaluate ProQuest Dialog and Gale Business Insights: Global as they gathered market, industry, and company information for their term projects? Their opinions and comments may surprise you.
Additional comments and tables can be found online as supplementary material to this article here
By Barbie E. Keiser
Mythbusting: Seven Google Myths that Complicate Our Lives
Everyone uses Google, and while that's not a bad thing, information literacy expert William Badke points out the seven myths that information professionals need to debunk if they are to help people search Google effectively and without succumbing to its hype.
By William Badke
Revelations From Open Source Government Information
From a secretive government agency with an opaque knowledgebase comes a surprising treasure trove of open source software listings. DARPA's open source code catalog contains links to software and to technical papers about open source contributions.
By Stephen E. Arnold
Two law librarians, expert investigators and "cybersleuths," share their 10 tips for creative searching on people and companies. They reveal sites and search strategies they've found to be critical for ferreting out information that their targets would prefer remains hidden.
By Bridget Gilhool, Jennifer McMahan
Fifty Shades of Scientific and Technical Grey Literature
Often overlooked, grey literature contains valuable information, particularly in scientific and technical fields. Researcher Matthew Van Hendy explains how to find grey literature and lays out a large number of resources, mostly free, that contain this obscure information.
By Matthew Von Hendy
Employee Analytics: Using Moneyball Tactics in Personnel Decisions
Online games are a fun distraction, but nothing more, right? Not necessarily. Now, as Irene McDermott reports, some games are designed to help players learn about their personal strengths and weaknesses and can even help employers find the right individual who, in order to be successful in a certain position, needs very specific types of skills.
By Irene E. McDermott
Creating an Online Presentation for News Reporters/Journalists
Julia Muller, librarian for the Savannah Morning News, will periodically give a presentation to the newsroom reporters that includes tips for using the in-house archives as well as websites the staff might find useful. Before she did her most recent talk, she asked her fellow news librarians for suggestions, which she shares here.
By Julia C. Muller
Colleges want to innovate in all facets of education, especially in the area of textbooks. Burt as Nancy Herther notes, education issues are never cut and dried, especially due to political impacts from both the state and federal levels. She examines whether the time has come for textbooks to join the digital frontier or if too many stumbling blocks still remain.
By Nancy K. Herther
The Dollar Sign
Cracking the Business Codes
Information professionals specializing in business research have a secret weaponócodes. It's not only the industry classification codes, which clients may already know, but also the concept codes, baked into bibliographic databases, that elude end-user searchers.
By Marydee Ojala
Learn to Love Your Information Vendor
Antagonistic confrontations between librarians and vendors are counterproductive, Mary Ellen Bates has come to believe. Info pros and info providers need each other, sharing the goal of getting information to those who need it.
By Mary Ellen Bates
Those Baffling Assignments
Professors give assignments that perplex students, who are accustomed to internet searching that encourages mashing up factoids and providing a personal opinion. Librarians are the champions, helping students understand research methods.
By William Badke
Flat Design Travels to Library Websites
The design elements and tools on Jeff Wisniewski's and Darlene Fichter's radar screen include recent web developments in flat design, scalar vector graphics, and color schemes. They show how to incorporate these into library website design to make sites look more modern.
By Jeff Wisniewski, Darlene Fichter
On the Net
Social Searching With Hashtags, Names, and Unshortening
Social media is all the rage these days. As a nontraditional research source, techniques for searching social media sites include hashtag searching, social media search engines, uncovering names and accounts, and unshortening URLs.
By Greg R. Notess
Recommended Reading on Interrogation Techniques, Library Obsolescence, Big Data, and Knowledge Management
By Deborah Lynne Wiley