Follow the Money
by Donovan Griffin
This month, we’ve got a host of articles relating to the phrase famously uttered by Deep Throat (or the dramatized version of him in All the President’s Men, anyway): “follow the money.” For an idea of where the federal government is increasing focus—not to mention financial support—in 2015, see Richard Huffine’s article “Federal Government Sets Its Sights on Data” on page 1. Or if you’re a startup and looking to find from which direction the federal funding flows, look no further than Woody Evans’ “The Path to Government Funding.” In “Sweet: The New Game at Credo,” see how the familiar reference company has pivoted to information literacy in adjusting to the market in 2015.
If you want a more global perspective on the flow of money, look no further than Mick O’Leary’s “Equality Scorecard Databases Shake Up Conventional Paradigms” on page 16. And Shirl Kennedy drops in to remind us that the transfer of wealth (and the wealth of information) can be done at the drop of a hack in “Your Money or Your Health” on page 8. Among other goings-on, John Charlton describes a pilot project that’s funding libraries in South Africa, as well as a European Commission plot to reform copyright law for—you guessed it—the “pots of gold” at the end of the rainbow.
Enjoy the issue, and look out for the next edition, where we’ll have field reports on both the ALA and SLA annual conferences for you.
— Donovan Griffin