Volume 41, Number 3 - May/June 2017
Backing up is important for your personal information, your library's data, and research findings in general.
By Marydee Ojala
In her editorial, bq asks what all citizens, not just information professionals, can do for the greater good of the U.S. One idea she offers up is running for public office. She also expounds upon electoral college reform.
By Barbara Quint
Search Engine Update
By Greg R. Notess
Academic Librarians at the Helm, Leading Transformation
Librarians and Data: Curator, Creator, or Both?
Libraries can become the go-to sites for data analytics and research support, but it requires effective planning. Librarian Terence Huwe provides an assessment of the curatorial and creative roles, together with three recommendations for both the curators and the creators among us. What will you be—curator, creator, or both?
By Terence K. Huwe
Artificial Intelligence and the Law
Practicing law used to be people-intensive, but artificial intelligence and robotics are challenging the idea that only human beings can do legal research. Barbie Keiser's overview of artificial intelligence products germane to the legal market is eye-opening. Will your next attorney be a robot?
By Barbie E. Keiser
Clarivate Analytics: New Name, Established Products
Online Searcher catches up with Jay Nadler, the CEO of Clarivate Analytics, the new name for Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science after its sale to private equity companies. Nadler talks about the future of the company, which includes well-known products Web of Science, Cortellis, Derwent World Patent Index, CompuMark, Techstreet, EndNote, and Scholar One.
By Marydee Ojala
In her prior role as reference and instruction librarian, Carly Lamphere faced another type of resistance: students who would not employ any other research tool besides Google Search. She and her colleagues realized this resistance required a new approach to teaching information literacy. What they created, the Google Bytes Workshop series, was a game-changer, and Lamphere shares how.
By Carly Lamphere
While nearly everyone in the planet has used some kind of social media platform, not everyone is as careful with handling their social media accounts. Nancy Herther reviews it all, from honing up on privacy issues and how to keep yourself and your sites safe, to unwanted cookies and registration tactics, alluring surveys and quizzes that aren't just all fun and games, and even how to discard old phone numbers.
By Nancy K. Herther
Searching for health information on the web is a popular pastime, but it can be a crapshoot. Finding legitimate information, explains medical library Elaine Alligood, requires searching the right sites, incorporating a few search tips, and navigating relevant websites.
By Elaine Alligood
Not to scare you, but security and privacy threats are very real, both for libraries and library patrons. Certified information security systems professional and ProQuest's director of global information security Daniel Ayala shares his expertise on how to avoid getting hacked, control library data, and protect personal information.
By Daniel Ayala
Irene McDermott's column also has plenty of ways citizens can counter the current administration's actions they do not support. These include meeting with your state and federal representatives, and, if that's not easy to do, calling them. If you're not up to the task of running for office, you can use your pocketbook to voice your disapproval or aid organizations that are bearing the brunt of new White House policies.
By Irene E. McDermott
The Literature Review in a Digital Age
A comprehensive literature review may be almost impossible to achieve in these days of information overload. Students need to understand that a literature review is not an annotated bibliography and not an isolated entity. It is always part of a story that needs to be told.
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
Fake Business News
With fake news dominating the news, Marydee Ojala reminds us that some elements of fake news, particularly when it comes to corporate press releases, have always required critical thinking from business researchers.
By Marydee Ojala
The Open Road
Opening Up SharePoint
Microsoft SharePoint enjoys close to monopoly status within enterprises. Abby Clobridge recommends tips, tricks, and remedies to promote openness, transparency, collaboration, efficiency, security, and effectiveness. Make the most of your organization's SharePoint environment by breaking common barriers.
By Abby Clobridge
Web Migration Best Practices
Web migration is a fact of life, but there are good ways to move your site and there are bad ways to move your site. Jeff Wisniewski's best practices will help you make the transition as seamless as possible for your users in general and for one important user specifically—Google.
By Jeff Wisniewski
Recommended Reading on Digital Legacy, Staff Development, Digital Scholarship, Strategic Knowledge, and Altmetrics
By Deborah Lynne Wiley
Picture This: Challenges of Video Content and Searchability
The internet's visual environment requires info pros to become proficient at searching video and image content. But searchability is in a very rudimentary stage.
By Mary Ellen Bates