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ONLINE SEARCHER: Information Discovery, Technology, Strategies


Volume 45, Number 3 - May/June 2021


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Always-on learning, when conference attendees can go back at any time and view speakers they missed during scheduled sessions, is extraordinarily appealing.
By Marydee Ojala


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Industry News
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Search Engine Update
By Greg R. Notess
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Conference Corral
NISO Goes Global; ER&L Dives Into Digital


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Financial Knowledge for When Your Money’s on the Line
Money does not routinely rain down from the skies, showering you with wealth. Barbie Keiser explores resources promoting financial literacy, tools for financial management, financial education programs, and financial well-being. She also provides tips of fact-checking financial sites and looks at possibilities for gamifying financial literature.
By Barbie E. Keiser
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University librarian Robert Berkman suggests some new media literacies that information professionals should learn and teach. Understanding the differences among facts, claims, conspiracies, and trust is an important goal. Probability and scientific consensus help with this, but he also looks the psychology of belief and the importance of being mindful and empathetic as central to media literacy.
By Robert Berkman
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Feel the Learn: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Interactive 3D Courses
With extended reality, which includes virtual reality and augmented reality, students are able to learn new skills and update their existing ones in an innovative manner. The 3D nature of courses increases the educational value. Libraries' role of technology innovator fits perfectly into these workplace development programs.
By Tammy Douglass-Westergard
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Finding and Evaluating Census Data: A 360-Degree Perspective
The U.S. Census contains an amazing amount of information, although it can sometimes be difficult to locate with the complex sites created by the government. Researcher Roger Magnus, through his description of sources and how best to search them, relieves searcher anxiety about census data.
By Roger Magnus


Technology and Power
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"Open" is the favorite word of librarians these days. The adoption of open source systems and tools in libraries is much more than a cost-saving effort. Bohyun Kim offers two scenarios of browser extensions to demonstrate key elements of success and failure when implementing open technologies.
By Bohyun Kim
InfoLit Land
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Celebrate Boring Research, Rejoice Over Reproducibility
Although most researchers would prefer cutting-edge, exciting research projects over boring ones, information literacy expert Bill Badke suggests that it's important to test reproducibility of research results, even if doing that seems a bit boring.
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
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ProQuest One Business
ProQuest introduced its One Business product as a one-stop source for business students and faculty. Marydee Ojala puts it through its paces to test whether this is really all you need, and finds that, although some information is lacking, One Business is still a step in the right direction.
By Marydee Ojala
Metrics Mashup
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Microsoft Academic Misses the Mark
When Microsoft relaunched its academic product after it had languished for several years, Elaine Lasda had high hopes for it. Today, however, she thinks it lags behind Google Scholar and subscription products in terms of bibliometrics.
By Elaine M. Lasda
Hard Copy
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Recommended Reading on Supporting Transfer Students, High-Impact Practices, Social Justice in Libraries, and Technological Change and Innovation
By Jennifer A. Bartlett
Online Spotlight
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Based on a conversation with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, an innovation and Internet of Things influencer, Mary Ellen Bates thinks that asking "what else?" to socialize information resources leads to more effective use of information centers.
By Mary Ellen Bates


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