Volume 44, Number 6 - November/December 2020
In the midst of forced digital transformation, libraries are rapidly adjusting and helping others to meet the demands of our new environment.
By Marydee Ojala
Search Engine Update
By Greg R. Notess
Conference Feast or Famine: Oxford700, CILIL Connect, Occupy Libraries
Information professionals today are called upon to confront racism in the workplace and in the profession. Traditionally, librarianship has been both in the forefront of espousing diversity and lagging behind in practicing it, particularly in the academic context. Nancy Herther explores our difficult past and has some concrete and inspiring suggestions for current improvements that will lead to a better future.
By Nancy K. Herther
Analyzing Library Communities
Understanding your community is vital to providing services, building collections, and boosting relevance. Barbie Keiser explores the dashboards recently introduced by Gale Analytics that help libraries personalize outreach and increase engagement. Combining external data with internal data generated by the library's ILS and displaying these in a very visual and colorful dashboard leads to better decision making.
By Barbie E. Keiser
Itís All About the Timing: Developing Online Training Resources for the Post-COVID World
In these pandemic times, librarians have had to move quickly, from going into a physical space to entering a virtual one, to teach students about the research process, from literature searching to article publishing. A rethinking was necessary. Cambridge University librarians Claire Sewell and Amy Theobald share how they embraced online learning and offer some lessons learned based on their experiences.
By Amy Theobald, Claire Sewell
Donít Dis Google: Seamless Resolver Enhancement Beyond Subscriptions
As often as librarians advise students not to start their research with Google, they are likely to do so anyway. But library director David Stern sees a silver lining to this behavior. He proposes looking at link resolver tools that take into account searchers' reliance on Google and provide gateways to enhance discovery.
By David Stern
Technology and the Stock Market: From Ticker Tape to Trading Apps
As Carly Lamphere shows, you do not have to be a financial whiz to take part in stock trading. After providing a bit of stock market history, she looks at a new stock and investment app, Robinhood, that is proving popular with stock market newbies and shares its ups and downs.
By Carly Lamphere
A Collaborative Graduate Information Literacy Course
Taking advantage of a new program in theology and culture, Bill Badke and two colleagues designed a comprehensive introduction to cultural thought and analysis that included, as a baseline, information literacy and navigation concepts. Becoming a co-creator of a course is a natural for librarians.
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
Identifying Minority-Owned Businesses
When researching minority-owned businesses, start with defining what minority-owned means. It could be Black-owned, but the definition could be broader. Business researcher Marydee Ojala examines sources, both free and subscription-based, that will surface companies owned and operated by minority groups.
By Marydee Ojala
As COVID-19 reshapes the landscape, its impact on scientific research around the globe has been momentous. The rapid spread of the virus has resulted in an enormous growth in research output. Elaine Lasda looks at tools for measuring research impact affected by the pandemic and considers how technology plays into impact measurement.
By Elaine M. Lasda
Recommended Reading on the Dark Web, Alphabet, Government Information, and Racist Algorithms
By Jennifer A. Bartlett
Evaluating Econtent Today
Evaluating information is a key skill of information professionals. Mary Ellen Bates considers some criteria surrounding evaluating econtent that affects how those skills can lead to new ways to express our value.
By Mary Ellen Bates