Volume 39, Number 2 - March/April 2015
Open access, with its promise of free scholarly information, can be seen as one of those gifts, but it has strings attached.
By Marydee Ojala
Although she might sound a bit "geezer-ish" when awash in nostalgia of the in-print reference era gone by, upon further reflection, Barbara Quint attests that these times of information affluence, for all their challenges, as her story of "Miami Harold" attests, truly are the good "new" days.
By Barbara Quint
Academic Publishing Gets 10 to 25
Public domain sites contain the rich cultural heritage of generations past, free from copyright restraints. Spanning a range of disciplines, from ancient manuscripts to hidden treasures in art museums to biological specimens, the digital public domain has much to offer online searchers.
By Laura Gordon-Murnane
Springshare's release of LibGuides 2.0 prompted librarians from Northwestern University to re-evaluate how the library manages its system of research guides. They used the adoption of LibGuides 2.0 to gain user feedback, from both students and staff, and to create a new and improved LibGuides service.
By Lauren McKeen, John Hernandez
Woody Evans ponders the philosophical implications of open mathematics as he contrasts Google-powered SageMathCloud, Wolfram Research's Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha, and MATLAB with a variety of open mathematics software projects.
By Woody Evans
Lee College librarians Jeannie Colson and Kelly Allen share their adventures in implementing a discovery service in their small academic library. They outline how to manage content (and knowing what content is included and what isn't), and how to figure out the best way to provide access to databases not included on the main index.
By Jeannie Colson, Kelly Allen
Reliance on mobile devices is pervasive in libraries, giving librarians the opportunity to identify apps that will be useful for students. Academic librarian Mary Oberlies identifies app categories, shares a performance measurement list, and suggests ways to keep up with new apps.
By Mary K. Oberlies
Books have taken on new meanings, as formats and devices alter our reading habits. Barbie Keiser reviews the many ways people identify books they want to read, from "best books" lists to social media recommendations and more.
By Barbie E. Keiser
With credit card breaches on the rise, Irene McDermott examines the emerging technology of mobile wallets. She looks at the current barriers to the mobile wallet as currency and how it measures up security-wise. She also touches on NFC (near field communication) devices, which can do much more than make payments, and may be a librarian's new best friend.
By Irene E. McDermott
Nancy Herther examines the new "science" of altmetrics and illustrates how almetrics is challenging cited reference data for research impact assessment. She looks at the resulting issues facing information professionals as well as how the new metrics system is affecting scholarly databases.
By Nancy K. Herther
On the Net
Web search guru Greg Notess explains how to use facets, filters, and limits to perform advanced search functions in web search engines. He also discusses where these advanced search functions are located.
By Greg R. Notess
The Dollar Sign
The franchise economy is alive, thriving, and international. This Dollar Sign column explains the franchising concept, identifies relevant indexing terms for research, and describes information-rich websites.
By Marydee Ojala
The Open Road
Reporting from the November 2014 OpenCon meeting, Abby Clobridge is delighted to find that students and early career researchers are passionate about open access, open education, and open data.
By Abby Clobridge
Bill Badke bemoans the decline of the browse function in discovery systems, on webpages, and with catalog databases, noting that it is very helpful in locating already identified information.
By William Badke
Libraries can learn many lessons from startup companies about being agile, flexible, and creative. Can we take risks? Automate tasks? Accept failure? We need to look for possibilities and opportunities amid change and disruption.
By Darlene Fichter
Recommended Reading on Mashups, Reference Sources, Networks, and Advertising
By Deborah Lynne Wiley
Given the millions of people active on social media, the dynamics of searching for information about individuals has been altered dramatically. Mary Ellen Bates shares her insights about successful searching.
By Mary Ellen Bates