Goodbye and Hello
by Brandi Scardilli
Barbara Quint was someone I heard about not long after I joined Information Today, Inc., although we didn’t get to work directly with each other until 2014. My initial impression was that she was whip-smart, opinionated, and basically a legend in the information industry. My lasting impression is that she remained the first two until her last days … and will always be the third. Join us in celebrating bq’s life at newsbreaks.infotoday.com/spotlight/Remembering-Barbara-Quint-121094.asp. You can read a few memories from friends and colleagues on page 8.
In this month’s features, the importance of digital access is the main narrative. Edgardo Civallero tells us about his project, the Observatory of Libraries and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, which aims to aggregate all of the existing knowledge about library services for that demographic online so people can analyze, study, and publicize it. Marydee Ojala talks to SAGE about its new online data science courses. They are designed to lessen the skills gap for social science researchers working with Big Data. And Terry Ballard takes two new services for a spin: Unpaywall, which “searches the entire universe of free PDFs and notifies you if there is access to an article that appears to be locked,” and Kopernio, which “cuts through the red tape and grants access to PDFs, even if you are not at the library.”
Don’t forget to check out a very important We the People on page 6. Lauree Padgett learns some strategies for talking to people of a different political persuasion, thanks to the National Institute for Civil Discourse.