Volume 41, Number 4 - July/August 2017
By Marydee Ojala
A call from longtime colleague Roger Summit asking for memories of Dialog put bq in a "remember when" mode about searching back in the day. She shares some thoughts about being an info pro in a Dialog-centric world. And for those not familiar with Summit or Dialog's origins, a history lesson of sorts is also provided.
By Barbara Quint
Search Engine Update
By Greg R. Notess
Managing Research Data, Working With E-Resources
The Future Looks GLAMorous: From Resource Sharing to Collaboration and Convergence
Intersections among GLAM organizations—galleries, libraries, archives, and museums—are not always obvious. The characteristics that made each of these cultural heritage institutions distinct are blurring, which encourages information professionals to bring their resources together for exciting crowdsourced initiatives.
By Kenn Bicknell
Librarians at the Yale Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) created Wayfinding the Web, a workshop for the Young Global Scholar program. It introduced students to strategies for academic and personal research using Google and challenged their assumptions about credibility and perceived neutrality of online information.
By Kayleigh Bohémier, Melanie Maksin, Gwyneth Crowley
Scholarly Hiccups Beyond the ‘Publish or Perish’ Debate
Libraries collecting scholarly literature are beset with several problems—vendors charging exorbitant fees, closed platforms, journal bundling, and industry consolidation among them. Alternative repositories, the use of social media, and the rise of altmetrics are changing the face of scholarly publishing.
By Barbie E. Keiser
Last issue, in Part 1 of this series, Tara Breton examined the different types of health coverage available and the scenarios that someone facing surgery could come up against. In keeping that same scenario in place, Breton now looks at what to do before and after the surgery. The steps she outlines could save you, a family member, or a patron time and money and keep stress at a minimum.
By Tara M. Breton
Removing Friction From Content Discovery and Acquisition
You've done the search, now you need the documents. And you want them quickly and inexpensively. Plus, you might need esoteric items beyond journal articles. Choosing a document delivery supplier requires many decision points.
By Mitja-Alexander Linss
Streaming has transformed the world of entertainment in the last 10 years and how we watch programs. Carly Lamphere looks at the options presented by services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO Now, as well as the challenges that come along with them.
By Carly Lamphere
Apparently, we're now living in a post-truth world, beset by fake news and "alternative facts." What better time is there for librarians to take the lead and promote information literacy skills as an antidote to falsified information?
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
Private Company Conundrums
With all the new technologies and free information available to business librarians, we're still beset with problems when it comes to locating information on private companies. We need to recognize that fee-based services frequently offer more than the free web.
By Marydee Ojala
Recommended Reading of the Future of Libraries, News Preservation, Managing Digital Lives, and Communication Skills
By Deborah Lynne Wiley
The Open Road
Open SharePoint Opportunities and Roles for Librarians and Information Professionals
Librarians and information professionals should be directly and substantively involved in developing and implementing SharePoint strategy, governance, operations, and maintenance, particularly those working in special and corporate libraries, as they bring a different perspective from the IT department.
By Abby Clobridge
A Matter of Trust: A Webmaster Perspective
Library webmasters may seem far removed from the fake news fray, yet web design and content placement affect the trustworthiness of library websites. Design quality, transparency of content creators, and emphasis on the expertise of librarians foster trust.
By Jeff Wisniewski
On the Shoulders of Giants
For solitary online searchers—and most of us do search alone—getting search strategy help from web search engines is a pipedream. But our fee-based services, including Factiva, LexisNexis, and ProQuest Dialog, do offer backstage assistance in the form of suggested strategies and terminologies.
By Mary Ellen Bates