Keeping an Eye Out
by Donovan Griffin
With the news that Adobe Digital Editions—an ebook and PDF reader widely used by libraries to lend electronic content—routinely sends users’ reading history back to Adobe HQ, it can never hurt to keep an eye out for news about who’s keeping an eye on us. That’s why this month we’re featuring an investigation by George Pike into the sticky situation of employers monitoring their employees’ social media pages—and what the National Labor Relations Board has to say about it. Brandi Scardilli’s feature this month looks at EveryLibrary, a national nonprofit dedicated to educating communities about the importance of local library ballot initiatives. And in the first of a two-part series on the big contenders in the copyright world, Corilee Christou profiles Copyright Clearance Center in “The Ins and Outs of CCC.”
In other news, Mick O’Leary gives a rundown on STEM resources for research on page 16, in light of the mysterious disappearance of Elsevier’s SciVerse Hub, and Gwen Gregory looks at the way academic librarians interact with course management systems in reviewing Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment on page 20. Shirl Kennedy breaks down the process of link rot in “When Good Links Go Bad” on page 8, and Thomas Pack explains the bibliophilic benefits of maintaining a Goodreads profile on page 31.
When it comes to the information industry, there’s always more to know. Enjoy the issue and stay tuned.
— Donovan Griffin