Volume 38, Number 6 - November/December 2014
Information professionals can be thwarted by legacy data. What to do if you're confronted with a 5-1/2 inch floppy disk, a Betamax videotape, or a document created with an old, now unsupported, word processing program?
By Marydee Ojala
Fear comes in many forms, none of them good. Fear is especially damaging when it prevents us from standing up to tyranny in the face of potential retaliation. It is this kind of fear that bq rallies the troops to stand firm against.
By Barbara Quint
Search Engine Update
New Search Features, Development, and Content
By Greg R. Notess
Burning Issues at the IFLA Conference
Going Clean and Green: Finding Clean Technology Information
With high expectations on the part of consumers for a greener, cleaner environment, businesses need to know about energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, and new technologies. Researcher Mirjam Wolfrum provides a thorough, in-depth look at research techniques and sources for clean technology.
By Mirjam Wolfrum
Insights Into InCites: Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators
Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports (JCR) has long dominated research rankings. Ruth Pagell explores some recent changes, notably visualization capabilities and moving to the InCites platform, that affect both JCR and Essential Science Indicators (ESI).
By Ruth A. Pagell
Community and Transparency Power Research Sites
Barbie Keiser has found several informative websites covering companies (including privately held ones), mergers and acquisitions, lobbyists with foreign clients in Washington, D.C., governmental executive orders, doctor and drug transparency, and census data.
By Barbie E. Keiser
Private Equity’s Effects on Information Professionals and Their Institutions
What happens when private equity companies buy and sell information companies? More importantly, what could the consequences be for information professionals? Industry observer Richard Hulser looks at recent private equity deals but also stresses that not every company in our industry is private equity-owned.
By Richard P. Hulser
Electronic Health Records: How the Conversion of Print Medical Records Could Transform the Healthcare Industry
Stephanie Ardito, independent consultant within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, gives a thorough overview of online medical records, looking at both the pluses and minuses of being able to transfer patient data electronically. She also outlines how information is shared, if a patient can control who sees certain medical information, and what safeguards to follow to ensure patient privacy is protected.
By Stephanie C. Ardito
Robert Berkman, longtime chronicler of the information industry, examines the rise of the social enterprise within organizations. He discusses why social matters, how it can pay off within an organization, the status of the social enterprise, and the emerging roles for info pros within it.
By Robert Berkman
Libraries as Publishers: Easy to Create, Hard to Find
Riffing on libraries getting into the business of being publishers, Steve Arnold evaluates a variety of potential publishing tools that libraries could use, some that are free and some that require a subscription. Choosing the best tool depends on how involved the library wants to be in publishing.
By Stephen E. Arnold
Online Techniques for Recruiting Clinical Trial Volunteers
Medical researcher Stephanie Altbier looks ahead to the day when people can be recruited as potential clinical trial volunteers using internet sources. She identifies health-related websites and shows some search techniques.
By Stephanie Altbier
Fitness Trackers and the Web
Need incentives to exercise and get (back) in shape? Irene McDermott offers several fitness tracking devices that will help you put your best foot forward on the path to better health.
By Irene E. McDermott
On the Net
Intricacies of Phrase Searching
Good phrase searching on web search engines requires knowing the proper syntax, which Greg Notess explains, but he also points out that phrase searching on subscription services is generally much more robust.
By Greg R. Notess
Why do students start their research with Google? Because it's convenient. Bill Badke reveals some of his secrets, designed to promote information literacy and encourage better research skills.
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
The Elusive Consumer
Consumer attitudes and behaviors underlie successful selling and new product development. Databases that contain useful information aren't limited to the traditional business files.
By Marydee Ojala
Content Marketing and Strategy for Libraries
Libraries need to make their websites engaging as well as informative. Content marketing, with its emphasis on being original and authentic, being mobile aware, and telling stories, will make websites stand out.
By Jeff Wisniewski, Darlene Fichter
Recommended Reading on Legal Resources, Academic Liaisons, and Technologies for Libraries and Education
By Deborah Lynne Wiley
Death of the Librarian Is Greatly Exaggerated
Librarians who focus on strategic skill sets, look for opportunities beyond the traditional library world, and concentrate on doing things with information will always have jobs.
By Mary Ellen Bates