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Vol. 31 No. 4 — May 2014
EDITOR'S NOTE
Spring Has Sprung
by Deborah Poulson


Spring is in the air, and the daffodils, tulips, and conferences are in bloom. Marydee Ojala bravely faced down March Madness in Indianapolis to report on the Public Library Association’s biennial conference (page 16), while Donovan Griffin risked public transportation to offer details of NFAIS’ annual conference in Philadelphia (page 17). But spring means more than conference reports—we have plenty of other content.

There’s a variety of topics in this month’s features, including a look at bitcoin, the libertarian’s favorite cryptocurrency; primary source collections publisher Adam Matthew; and the state of information governance today. Be sure to check out the accompanying images too.

Mick O’Leary is always on the lookout for a Google killer (or at least “an alternative of modest utility”), and this month he examines TopSite.com, SimilarSites, and SimilarWeb. See if he’s found a new search engine alternative in Database Review (page 22). Meanwhile, in an effort to cut costs, Shirl Kennedy made some adjustments to her cable package. Read about her experiences with the Roku box, Mohu’s Leaf antenna, and MLB.TV in Internet Waves (page 23).

As technology develops, it can change the rules of copyright, which George Pike discusses in Legal Issues (page 24). The case he looks at could impact the development of streaming technologies and “what it means to ‘perform’ a work as it is defined by the Copyright Act of 1976.”

Look for more conference and industry news in next month’s issue!

— Deborah Poulson


Deborah Poulson is Editor of Information Today. Send your comments about this article to itletters@infotoday.com.
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