by Donovan Griffin
Spring semester classes may soon be coming to a close, but the info pro’s job is never finished. This was perfectly evident at the ACRL conference in Portland, Ore., where thousands of college library professionals (including 1,200 new faces) gathered to hear about and share new practices with the community, all in order to make next year an even better one for their students, colleagues, and institutions.
This month, we’ve got a report on what those professionals were up to in Portland on page 10, as well as a summary of Lawrence Lessig’s keynote speech by Marydee Ojala on page 11. Both articles reflect the importance that information professionals and the library community have placed on equality and open access.
Our features include Brandi Scardilli’s article on her trip to Austin, Texas, to find out what librarians were doing at SXSW Interactive, Richard Huffine’s report on how strategic sourcing by the Library of Congress could save millions of dollars, and Ray Lewis’ take on Oculus Rift in the library. Mick O’Leary has two Google alternatives for you to consider on page 16, and Shirl Kennedy writes about the time internet snark became a congressional bill (the Let Me Google That For You Act of 2014) on page 8.
Stick around for next month as we kick off our summer of conferences and events. Enjoy the issue.
— Donovan Griffin