Bits and Bytes
by Barbara Brynko
It’s the midpoint of 2013, and two of the information industry’s biggest conferences are just days away: Special Libraries Association (SLA) 2013 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in San Diego, beginning June 9, followed by the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, starting June 27.
We’ve filled the pages of this issue with some of the best and most timely news and trends just for the conference attendees.
In our feature, “Cybersecurity: You’ve Been Hacked,” we look at the tangled web at the crossroads of privacy and cyberterrorism. Think your online experiences are secure? Think again. The article begins on page 1.
Then, in “Launch of a New Open Access Discovery Tool,” Abby Clobridge explores new technology that is destined to be a game changer for researchers in their search of open access theses and dissertations. The new Open Access Theses and Dissertation project is geared to help ing researchers dig into the world of electronic open access theses and dissertation now available at more than 600 universities worldwide.
The other front-page feature showcases columnist Shirley Duglin Kennedy’s lighthearted look at RS VPs and communication (or lack thereof) in the digital age in “No Response Is the New ‘No.’ ” (I moved this one up to the front page so you would be sure to read it.)
You’ll also want to check out the latest chapter of faux journals in “Exposing Predatory Publishers” on page 13 and some new gadgets to add to your technology toolkit in this month’s IT Spotlight (page 11) and Tools of the Trade (page 21). But those are just a few of the highlights.
I hope to see you at either SLA or ALA in the coming weeks; stop by the ITI booth and say hello. In the meantime, enjoy the issue.
— Barbara Brynko