Know When to Fold ’Em
by Donovan Griffin
This month’s theme might have been “Let It Go,” but, alas, the Walt Disney Co. has such a stranglehold on the self-help mantra-cum-sing-along that it now belongs thoroughly to the mouse and, frankly, sounds strange in another context.
So we turn to another, much older, piece of pop culture to explain the articles in this month’s issue: Kenny Rogers’ eponymous gambler, who implores us to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em. The U.K. certainly did some folding this summer, and John Charlton is here to discuss the wisdom of the move and its immediate ramifications for information professionals in “Brexit, Schmexit!” on page 1. Anthony Aycock returns to talk about police training and the use of force (When should you engage? To what degree?) among officers so librarians can assist patrons who are looking for answers on the subject in “Choose the Force: A Librarian’s Guide to Use-of-Force Information” on page 1.
And for our last feature, join Emil Levine and Maja Krtalić for “Libraries in the Digital Age: The Emerging Discipline of Digital Curation,” as they strike out for Zadar, Croatia, and go all in on a new practice for info pros on page 1. Don’t forget to check out Internet Waves this month, as Shirl Kennedy talks about finally giving up print newspapers (but won’t give up scolding misinformed friends on Facebook) in “TMI” on page 7.
There’s plenty more in the issue to hold on to, so flip the page and read on!
— Donovan Griffin