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ONLINE SEARCHER: Information Discovery, Technology, Strategies


Volume 46, Number 3 - May/June 2022


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Should Russian researchers be punished because of the actions of their government? Should they be cut off from accessing scientific research papers? It's a difficult call.
By Marydee Ojala


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Industry News
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Search Engine Update
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Conference Corral


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AI-Enabled Boosters for Your Communication Skills
Writing the perfectly crafted, error-free, grammatically correct document is easier if you use an AI-based software tool. Barbie Keiser reviews three—Grammarly, Wordtune, and ProWritingAid—that she thinks are worth considering. Since each has different capabilities and degrees of complexity, assessing what works best for an individual's writing needs is important.
By Barbie E. Keiser
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Analyzing Your Analytics
To make data-driven decisions, analyzing usage data of library resources is necessary to justify the cost of those resources. Janet Hartmann draws on her experience in a corporate information environment to understand the basics of web analytics, the component pieces, the intricacies of metrics, and what might be missing. Effectively presenting the data rounds out the assessment activity.
By Janet Hartmann
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Noticing more job ads for news librarians spurred Robert Berkman to ask if that part of the information profession was making a comeback. In addition to speculating about the future, he interviews two veteran news librarians for their accounts of the job and how it has changed.
By Robert Berkman


Internet Express
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Carly Lamphere addresses the growing threat of e-waste: electrical and electronic equipment that has been discarded for numerous reasons. She looks at options that are more environmentally friendly, including rethinking the need to have the latest version of phones, laptops, and other devices. Lamphere notes that, not surprisingly, libraries are leading the effort to stem the e-waste tide.
By Carly Lamphere
InfoLit Land
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As a longtime information literacy advocate, it's tough for columnist William Badke to consider abandoning infolit instruction. He cites lack of respect, resources, and interest. Yet, he concludes, it is central to avoiding information chaos and is foundational to education, so he's not giving up.
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
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Business By the Numbers: Finding and Interpreting Statistical Data
Business runs on numbers, but finding that one important statistic, that crucial datapoint, can be challenging. Added to that is the necessity of putting the number in context, making certain that it is from a reliable source, and possibly finding a substitute metric if the exact statistic does not exist.
By Marydee Ojala
Technology and Power
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Creating New Connections Through Flexibility
Guest columnist Margaret Heller explores the nature of being experimental in libraries. Shifting services has always been central to user-centered organizations such as libraries, but the pandemic accelerated the process.
By Margaret Heller
Metrics Mashup
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Credit Where Credit Is Due? A New Indicator From Clarivate
The new Collaborative Category Normalized Citation Impact, or Collab-CNCI, represents a way to count two qualities of the research landscape that have escaped impact factors in the past: publications with multiple authors and authors from multiple countries.
By Elaine M. Lasda
Hard Copy
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Recommended Reading on Information History, Human Information Behavior, Virtual Reality, and Wikipedia in Libraries
By Jennifer A. Bartlett
Online Spotlight
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The Five Stages of Online Research
From her long experience in dealing with research projects, Mary Ellen Bates can now identify the five stages of online research and, having done so, can avoid being thrown offtrack by them.
By Mary Ellen Bates


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