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Volume 38, Number 6 - November/December 2014

EDITORIAL

FrontLines
Page 4
Information professionals can be thwarted by legacy data. What to do if you're confronted with a 5-1/2 inch floppy disk, a Betamax videotape, or a document created with an old, now unsupported, word processing program?
By Marydee Ojala
Searcher's Voice
Page 33
Fear comes in many forms, none of them good. Fear is especially damaging when it prevents us from standing up to tyranny in the face of potential retaliation. It is this kind of fear that bq rallies the troops to stand firm against.
By Barbara Quint

DEPARTMENTS

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New Search Features, Development, and Content
By Greg R. Notess
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Burning Issues at the IFLA Conference

FEATURES

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Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.With high expectations on the part of consumers for a greener, cleaner environment, businesses need to know about energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, and new technologies. Researcher Mirjam Wolfrum provides a thorough, in-depth look at research techniques and sources for clean technology.
By Mirjam Wolfrum
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Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports (JCR) has long dominated research rankings. Ruth Pagell explores some recent changes, notably visualization capabilities and moving to the InCites platform, that affect both JCR and Essential Science Indicators (ESI).
By Ruth A. Pagell
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Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.Barbie Keiser has found several informative websites covering companies (including privately held ones), mergers and acquisitions, lobbyists with foreign clients in Washington, D.C., governmental executive orders, doctor and drug transparency, and census data.
By Barbie E. Keiser
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What happens when private equity companies buy and sell information companies? More importantly, what could the consequences be for information professionals? Industry observer Richard Hulser looks at recent private equity deals but also stresses that not every company in our industry is private equity-owned.
By Richard P. Hulser
Page 38
Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.Stephanie Ardito, independent consultant within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, gives a thorough overview of online medical records, looking at both the pluses and minuses of being able to transfer patient data electronically. She also outlines how information is shared, if a patient can control who sees certain medical information, and what safeguards to follow to ensure patient privacy is protected.
By Stephanie C. Ardito
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Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.Robert Berkman, longtime chronicler of the information industry, examines the rise of the social enterprise within organizations. He discusses why social matters, how it can pay off within an organization, the status of the social enterprise, and the emerging roles for info pros within it.
By Robert Berkman
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Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.Riffing on libraries getting into the business of being publishers, Steve Arnold evaluates a variety of potential publishing tools that libraries could use, some that are free and some that require a subscription. Choosing the best tool depends on how involved the library wants to be in publishing.
By Stephen E. Arnold
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Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.Medical researcher Stephanie Altbier looks ahead to the day when people can be recruited as potential clinical trial volunteers using internet sources. She identifies health-related websites and shows some search techniques.
By Stephanie Altbier

OPINION

Internet Express
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Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.Need incentives to exercise and get (back) in shape? Irene McDermott offers several fitness tracking devices that will help you put your best foot forward on the path to better health.
By Irene E. McDermott

COLUMNS

On the Net
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Good phrase searching on web search engines requires knowing the proper syntax, which Greg Notess explains, but he also points out that phrase searching on subscription services is generally much more robust.
By Greg R. Notess
InfoLit Land
Page 68
Why do students start their research with Google? Because it's convenient. Bill Badke reveals some of his secrets, designed to promote information literacy and encourage better research skills.
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
Page 71
Consumer attitudes and behaviors underlie successful selling and new product development. Databases that contain useful information aren't limited to the traditional business files.
By Marydee Ojala
Control-Shift
Page 74
Libraries need to make their websites engaging as well as informative. Content marketing, with its emphasis on being original and authentic, being mobile aware, and telling stories, will make websites stand out.
By Jeff Wisniewski, Darlene Fichter
Online Spotlight
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Librarians who focus on strategic skill sets, look for opportunities beyond the traditional library world, and concentrate on doing things with information will always have jobs.
By Mary Ellen Bates

 


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