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ONLINE SEARCHER: Information Discovery, Technology, Strategies


Volume 46, Number 2 - March/April 2022


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Learning as a series of puzzles to be solved seems to me to be particularly applicable to courses for graduate library education.
By Marydee Ojala


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Industry News
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Search Engine Update
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Conference Corral
Grey Days and Grey Literature: The 23rd International Conference on Grey Literature


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Preserving archival material that consists of 1960s and 1970s news and documentary television shows, sometimes by rescuing film assets from dumpsters, is the goal of the Bay Area TV Archive. This is often material that didn't make it on air. The archive makes history truly come alive through community partnerships and platform development.
By Alex Cherian, Katie Gambone
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The Internet Archive is a treasure trove for researchers, but not every website is represented. Gary Price runs through how individuals can increase the value of the Archive by saving website URLs using Save Page Now. This lessens the impact of the ephemeral nature of the web and provides some peace of mind in knowing that a website is now permanently accessible and stored with a timestamp of when it was archived.
By Gary Price
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Escape Rooms for Education, Library Instruction, and Problem Solving
Games, long established in the entertainment world, find new life when applied to enhanced learning, conceptualization, and group decision making using escape room types of experiences. Today, K-12 schools, libraries, higher education, and even classes in advanced surgery are using these concepts to develop new ways to teach, explore, and advance research and conceptual thinking.
By Nancy K. Herther
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Virtual Escape Room at the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Library
This is a case study about how a community college developed and deployed virtual escape rooms to interact with students and bring their attention to the library, its resources, and services within a remote learning environment.
By Emily Jackson Dunlop
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Engaging With Libraries via Games
Libraries are no strangers to gaming. It might be just for fun, but might also be team-building exercises for library staff workshops; a space for tweens to play games with friends and participate in gaming teen clubs; community-building library fundraising efforts; library skills instruction; and collection tie-ins to extend the library experience beyond four walls. Barbie Keiser looks at the gamut of games in libraries.
By Barbie E. Keiser


Internet Express
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Library Resources to Navigate and Understand an Increasingly Complex Technological Landscape
For better or worse, people now depend on technology for just about every aspect of their lives. Carly Lamphere fears that the answer to increasing, technology-based societal problems, such as the spread of false information or filter bubbles that increase bias, is not just more technology. Instead, she looks at how librarians and info pros can provide a better solution through information literacy outreach.
By Carly Lamphere
InfoLit Land
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Frustrations of Formulating Research Problem Statements
Research is iterative, but having a structure starting with the formulation of a research problem statement helps students conceptualize their task. The problem lies in educating students to transform their research from "finding something out" to analyzing issues and resolving controversies and other conundrums.
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
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Changing Roles, Responsibilities, and Competencies for Business Librarians/Researchers
Longtime researcher Marydee Ojala used to synonymize business librarian with business researcher. She is rethinking that and ruminates on the differences between business research and market research and among different types of libraries.
By Marydee Ojala
Technology and Power
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Archival Literacies for Ethical AI
As guest columnist Karen Walton Morse explains, archival literacies can help students understand the ethical issues inherent in the use of AI, something she explored during an undergraduate course that debuted at the University of Rhode Island in 2021.
By Karen Walton Morse
Metrics Mashup
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Society’s Broader Metric Culture: Roles and Responsibilities for Info Pros
Living in a "metric society" has some drawbacks. Elaine Lasda thinks that challenges posed by a "metric society" or "metric culture" represent areas where information professionals can further demonstrate their value. She reviews three books with cross-disciplinary themes to support that contention.
By Jennifer A. Bartlett
Hard Copy
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Recommended Reading on Serving Neurodiverse Students, Technology and Copyright, Gamers and Gaming, and Metadata
By Jennifer A. Bartlett
Online Spotlight
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How information professionals describe research, search engines, and value-added online services differs from how clients and users perceive them. Some of this disconnect is generational, but not all of it.
By Mary Ellen Bates


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