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ONLINE SEARCHER: Information Discovery, Technology, Strategies


Volume 46, Number 5 - September/October 2022


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Politically motivated challenges to diverse collections impact the sustainability of public, school, and academic libraries.
By Marydee Ojala


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Industry News
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Search Engine Update
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Conference Corral
ALA Returns to Washington


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Using NAICS Codes Effectively to Research Industries
NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes are used heavily by business researchers. Libraries' subscription databases include the codes as searchable fields, and government entities use them extensively. Yet inconsistent assignment of codes and lack of a centralized authority can lead to flawed research findings if researchers are not careful, warns veteran business librarian Jennifer Boettcher.
By Jennifer C. Boettcher
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Ebook Publishers Present a Catch-22 Dilemma for Libraries Across the Globe
Although the availability of digital materials, particularly ebooks, was a boon during the pandemic when physical libraries closed their doors, they also present dilemmas for libraries. Nancy Herther notes that the laws about ebooks are different from print, which affects e-lending policies, and prices for some ebooks are sky high.
By Nancy K. Herther
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Ebook Conundrums, Textbook Troubles
Students have long been accustomed to selling their textbooks once they've completed the course. Publishers get no revenue from the sale of secondhand books. One potential way around this is for the publishers to issue textbooks as NFTs (non-fungible tokens).
By Marydee Ojala
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Libraries and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations in its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development resonates with libraries and publishers. Barbie Keiser provides examples of initiatives developed by publishers, database vendors, universities, library associations, and libraries of all types.
By Barbie E. Keiser


Internet Express
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Carly Lamphere notes that most of today's technology, and thus the services we use on a daily basis, rely heavily on rating/review systems. But how reliable are these systems? She shares statistics and presents some eye-opening issues that bring into question whether the ratings are actually helping or hindering businesses and those who use them to make decisions.
By Carly Lamphere
InfoLit Land
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The Mentor Connection
Librarians mentoring students is an important part of information literacy, but making genuine connections happens too rarely. Bill Badke urges librarians not to give up but go beyond merely teaching about research to optimize points of connection, marketing themselves as empathetic consultants.
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
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The Art and Science of Economics Research
Economic research has a foot in both scholarly publishing and the practicalities of the business world. Economics also affects people in their daily lives. Marydee Ojala reviews the basic sources for research in the field, both textual and numeric.
By Marydee Ojala
Metrics Mashup
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Elaine Lasda observes that many reasons exist for researchers to cite sources, but they can be classified as either scientifically or tactically motivated. Machine learning, as employed by scite, adds context to cited references, thus improving the citation process.
By Elaine M. Lasda
Hard Copy
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Recommended Reading on Information Science, the Crisis of Information, the Knowledge Economy, and Digital Humanities
By Jennifer A. Bartlett
Online Spotlight
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Disruptive technologies, such as AI and robotics, affect how librarians do their jobs, but equally important are "soft skills," such as negotiation, collaboration, and empathy.
By Mary Ellen Bates


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