Volume 41, Number 6 - November/December 2017
I don't think that KM will completely take over librarianship. But it certainly uses similar and complementary skills.
By Marydee Ojala
The Searcher's Viewpoint
Steve Coffman shares what is happening in Japan, where libraries have been joining forces with one of the country's largest book and media retailers to develop popular book centers—part library, part bookstore, and often an eating establishment to boot.
By Steve Coffman
Search Engine Update
By Greg R. Notess
Communicating About Discovery Systems
Longtime taxonomist Aaron Lehnert gives us a blueprint for building a successful taxonomy project, detailing all the steps in the process, from selling the idea to management, architecting a technology, connecting up all the various systems, and celebrating the project's completion.
By Aaron E. Lehnert
Website Monitoring and Current Awareness Tools for Competitive Intelligence
In her ongoing series of reviews of competitive intelligence technology tools, Barbie Keiser turns her attention to website monitoring and current awareness tools and introduces a few more that she considers worthy of a closer look: Connotate, Crayon, and Vable.
By Barbie E. Keiser
Advanced Analytics Meets Information Services
Law librarian Constance Ard thinks that knowledge workers should explore technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning and use this next generation of information access to meet user demands, resolve provider problems, and collect the full range of rewards enabled by advanced analytics.
By Constance Ard
Minding the STOR: JSTOR Expands Access
As a decades-old user of JSTOR, Terry Ballard explains how this nonprofit staple in academic libraries has extended its access to those not affiliated with an institution through its pre-1923 journals and services such as JSTOR Daily, Register & Read, and JPASS.
By Terry Ballard
Open Access Repositories: Revealing the Mother Lode of Research to the World
The number of repositories is growing dramatically. Nancy Herther presents an overview of the types of open access repositories most critical to today's information professionals, including preprints, disciplinary and subject repositories, and offerings from the private sector.
By Nancy K. Herther
Information Insights From Science Fiction: A Conversation With Cory Doctorow
As a science fiction author, activist for freedom of information, and library supporter, Cory Doctorow has strong opinions about copyright, digital asset management, and the role of fiction in influencing public policy.
By Marydee Ojala
Five Key Questions for Negotiators to Ask
As the author of a best-selling book on library negotiations, Michael Gruenberg shares his best practices for successful negotiations, focusing on the most important questions to ask.
By Michael Gruenberg
It’s a Jungle in There!
Knowledge Management Ecosystems
Technologist Richard Hammond provides practical examples for using eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and the eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) and explains how business rules fit into the mix. He considers these essential skills for those in the knowledge management arena.
By Richard Hammond
Irene McDermott kicks off her column with this intriguing question: "Will a voice-activated computer interface become a … disruptive technology?" To get her answer, she looks at smart speakers such as Amazon's Echo, her iPhone's Siri, and Google Home. She also examines smart speakers as smart home hubs and shares some warnings about unintended features.
By Irene E. McDermott
The Authority Crisis, Trust, and Information Literacy
From an information literacy perspective, the authority crisis means that the interpretive principles that people once used to determine whose word to trust have become exceedingly distrusted, as the distrust of experts grows.
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
Data, Data Everywhere: Datasets Online
Data is the new text, and it's particularly important for business researchers to know where to access for free, business-related online datasets. Although many datasets contain scientific information, some are uniquely focused on business data.
By Marydee Ojala
The Open Road
Learning to Speak Open Knowledge and Knowledge Management
In their quest toward openness, columnists Eric Hinsdale and Abby Clobridge turn their attention toward knowledge management, explaining key concepts and deciphering the many acronyms they encounter.
By Eric Hinsdale, Abby Clobridge
The Thrill of the Audit
Surely no one loves to be audited, and yet Jeff Wisniewski finds an audit to like—a website performance audit. This column explains benchmarking your site's performance and then running some analytics to see what's slowing your site down.
By Jeff Wisniewski
Recommended Reading on Makerspaces, Archives, Cybersecurity, and Etiquette
By Deborah Lynne Wiley
Reading Between the Lines
Super searcher Mary Ellen Bates finds that building templates helps her pull hidden insights and tacit knowledge from research projects out into the open, adding color and depth to her reports.
By Mary Ellen Bates