Volume 40, Number 1 - January/February 2016
Librarians buying information have always participated in variations on dynamic pricing.
By Marydee Ojala
Through technology advancements, what was only possible in the realm of science fiction is now becoming reality. And as bq notes, this can be cause for celebration or alarm, depending on your point of view.
By Barbara Quint
Search Engine Update
By Greg R. Notess
Dynamic Disruption at Internet Librarian International and Educause
U.S. Politics as Usual—Or Not
Tis the season for primary elections in the U.S., time to review the myriad sources of information about candidates, parties, and issues, since U.S. elections can have ramifications on a worldwide basis. Barbie Keiser examines resources and strategies for tracking elections.
By Barbie E. Keiser
Destination Canada: A Gateway to Canadian Information Sources
How well do you know Canada? If it's just Cirque du Soleil and ice hockey, Canadian Lisette Lacroix is here to expand your horizons by introducing you to websites from the Canadian government, think tanks, subscription databases, and centers of excellence.
By Lisette Lacroix
Thoroughly Modern Millie: Access to Industry Intelligence for the Millennial Generation
Northern Light opened up a marketing intelligence platform on the web as an offshoot of its enterprise search engine SinglePoint. Ruth Pagell took it through its paces to provide an in-depth review of its architecture and potential as an information professional tool.
By Ruth A. Pagell
If you need an in-depth look at what cognitive computing is, how it works, the processes and techniques behind it, its potential markets, and its issues, Sue Feldman provides one. She then explains why the timing is right to buy into cognitive systems.
By Sue Feldman
It’s Good to Follow Your Government: Keeping Up With U.S. Federal Agencies
This article by business searching expert Robert Berkman illustrates how social media can be best employed for staying on top of federal agencies and departments within the U.S. government.
By Robert Berkman
Personalization, Privacy, and the Problem of ‘Oversharing’
A bedrock principle of librarianship is privacy. Yet many surrender their privacy by what Carey Lening calls "ovesharing." Plus, search engines try for greater relevancy in search results by personalization, knowing who you are and what your interests are. Lening suggests avoidance techniques to curb oversharing.
By Carey Lening
According to open source advocate Nicole Engard, that's where all software began. She traces the history of open source in libraries and suggests how to get started implementing open source in libraries.
By Nicole C. Engard
Irene McDermott previews the Google Translate tool in all of its forms—text, speech, and image—as well as its translation features for mobile devices. She highlights other translation options as well, including Skype and longtime fixture Babelfish, but doesn't forget the human touch.
By Irene E. McDermott
On the Net
Known Item Search Strategies
Locating known items such as journal articles or book titles should be a cinch, but when obvious approaches fail, Greg Notess has some terrific workarounds to get you to what you need.
By Greg R. Notess
The Dollar Sign
Researching the Pros and Cons of Performance Reviews
Whether you're writing a performance review or responding to one written about you, there's lots to learn about current management and human resources theory, trends, and practical advice.
By Marydee Ojala
The Open Road
Securing Open Knowledge
Security is probably not top of mind when information professionals consider open access or open data. Yet even institutional repositories can be hacked. Thus, securing vulnerabilities is vital.
By Abby Clobridge
Stressing Out About the Framework
The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy is causing angst in some circles, but Bill Badke has recommendations for cracking the Framework code and connecting information literacy to scholarship.
By William Badke
Emotional Design, Storytelling, ‘Slippiness,’ and Understandable Icons
User experience (UX) is central to website design, but newer research suggests that considering emotional responses, telling stories, encouraging users not to stay on the site, and adding understandable icons create a more effective UX.
By Darlene Fichter, Jeff Wisniewski
Recommended Reading on Reliable Information, Standards, LinkedIn, and Identity Theft
By Deborah Lynne Wiley
The New Culture of Makers and Free Information
The new world confronting both information professionals and their industry partners involves sharing, exploration, openness, and a touch of robotics and engineering. Are we ready?
By Mary Ellen Bates