For Auld Lang Syne
by Donovan Griffin
Once more, the holidays have come to an end, a new year has begun, and information professionals everywhere are getting back into the swing of things. It’s tempting to see each Jan. 1 as a fresh start—a time for new contacts to meet, new companies on the radar, and a new, reinvigorated you. But whether your goals for the new year are major or modest, it’s the past that informs, teaches, and shapes the info pros of 2015. We’re here to make sure old acquaintances aren’t forgotten—so you can keep informed and start the new year on the right foot.
Our first feature, “The Next Frontier: Federal Librarians and Data,” has Richard Huffine exploring the role that federal librarians play in facilitating research for the government and the public. And be sure to check out Marydee Ojala’s take on one of the bigger events to sneak onto the end of 2014—Copyright Clearance Center acquiring document delivery and workflow solutions company Infotrieve. Finally, in the second half of her two-part series, Corilee Christou examines another of the major players in copyright compliance in “The Ins and Outs of iCopyright.”
We also have Shirl Kennedy with her yearly roundup of statistics that will make you raise an eyebrow in surprise on page 8, and George Pike helpfully details what the shaken-up 114th Congress will mean for info pros on page 13.
As always, there’s plenty more inside. Here’s to another exciting year in the information business.
— Donovan Griffin