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Information Today
Vol. 35 No. 3 — April 2018
Photo Finish
by Brandi Scardilli

Is a picture really worth a thousand words? Maybe. Is there anything better than Hair Like Mine, Pete Souza’s shot of a White House staffer’s young son touching Barack Obama’s head as the president leans down to his level? Or those pictures of little girls looking up in awe at a costumed Gal Gadot, Daisy Ridley, or other female action star?

Then again, I’m one of those people who thinks the movie is rarely better than the book (I judge each medium separately—I swear, I do—but sometimes the character development from the book is sorely lacking in the movie, and it shows).

There’s really no definitive answer, but in this month’s features, we’re all about the visuals. A photo of quarterback Tom Brady got a bunch of news outlets in hot water when a New York court found that linking to copyrighted content via Twitter violates the copyright holder’s display right (George Pike ’s “Tom Brady Photo Leads to Court Decision Limiting Linking ”).

In “Gale Introduces Digital Scholar Lab for Mining Primary Sources,” Marydee Ojala shares a sneak peek of Gale’s platform for helping researchers easily find primary sources. Using “visual search with graph results,” it draws from Gale’s existing “rings and tiles” display.

And Corilee Christou looks at the new faces of ALA leadership in “The ALA Policy Corps Fights for Libraries.” The corps will advocate for national public policies that are important to libraries. That’s an image all of us can get behind.

Happy reading! Brandi Scardilli

Brandi Scardilli is Editor of Information Today and Newsbreaks. Send your comments about this article to
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