Fight or Flight
by Donovan Griffin
In this month’s issue, we have a collection of articles relating to the concept of fight or flight—individuals and organizations that respond to a challenge in more or less confrontational ways. Our first story—Brandi Scardilli’s “A Do-It-Yourself Approach to STEM Education for Girls” on page 1—describes a Los Angeles-based organization that’s taking on the under-representation of women in STEM head-on and is growing quickly.
On the other end of spectrum, Corilee Christou’s “Public Domain Steams Along”—also on page 1—shows how far a certain mouse-eared corporation can run from the problem of public domain by continually lobbying for copyright extensions (and what can be done about it). And at NFAIS’ annual conference, information professionals gathered together to tackle some of the biggest challenges of the next few years.
Shirl Kennedy gives advice to the reluctant password manager in all of us in “Your Password Has Expired and Must Be Changed” on page 8, and Mick O’Leary has an update about databases that track officer-involved shootings, with new ones coming from high-profile media companies, in “Big Media Joins the Officer-Involved Shooting Search” on page 16. Finally, see what an industry insider has to say about preparing for a not-so-rosy digital future in “Avoiding a Digital Dark Age: The Governance of Long-Term Digital Information” on page 18.
There’s plenty more in the issue, so keep reading—and keep fighting too.
— Donovan Griffin