by Donovan Griffin
In an age in which a personal brand is quickly becoming the requirement for many jobs in the information business (by the way, how many Twitter followers do you have?), it’s getting harder and harder for individuals, small institutions, and even corporations to stand out to the quickly scrolling masses. This month, we have a few stories for you about people and organizations dealing with the need to be noticed—and the consequences that come from sudden notice.
Brandi Scardilli’s “Inside the Knight News Challenge” describes a contest for libraries and library-adjacent groups that has them pitching ideas to shape the future of the institution. Learn how you can get noticed for your idea (and win funding to put it into action) on page 1. Check out “Gale’s Not Just in Reference Anymore, Toto,” in which I sit down with the new leadership of Gale to find out how the company is strolling down new avenues in an attempt to stay ahead of the pack in the information business.
And on the flip side of the coin, Marydee Ojala’s “Sci-Hub, Elsevier, Piracy, and the Future of Scholarly Publishing” brings to light a practice that some researchers may not be thrilled is receiving so much attention—the pirating of academic research.
There’s plenty more in the issue, so read on. (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ITINewsBreaks.)
— Donovan Griffin