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ONLINE SEARCHER: Information Discovery, Technology, Strategies


Volume 40, Number 6 - November/December 2016


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At what point will search apps replace web search? We won't launch a browser, we'll open a search app.
By Marydee Ojala
Searcher's Voice
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Lamenting the fact that expertise doesn't pull much weight within a crowdsourcing environment, bq looks at what info profs can do to offset what she labels a "narrowing of vision."
By Barbara Quint


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Industry News
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Search Engine Update
By Greg R. Notess
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Conference Corral
Librarians From Around the World Visit Ohio for IFLA 2016


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Libraries, Wildlife, App Development, and Change Management
Developing apps requires a clear and realistic understanding of the soft and hard costs, as Joseph Sanchez explains in his description of how he developed Wild Colorado, a guide to Colorado mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles. Planning and considering how to implement the project took more time than the actual development.
By Joseph Sanchez
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Research Genius: A Collaborative Project by Library and Teaching Faculty
Noticing the increasing prevalence of mobile devices on campus, Georgetown College redesigned its library website and developed a mobile library app to ensure that users had access to library resources and services in a mobile-friendly format. The college then partnered with members of the teaching faculty to develop a research tool to help students do academic research.
By Ben Rawlins
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Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.The world of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is a dynamic, ruthless, complicated facet of the business landscape, occurring across industries and engaged in by both large and small companies. Hal Kirkwood outlines the niche databases that cover this exciting area of research.
By Hal P. Kirkwood
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Terry Ballard, longtime librarian and fan of Google Custom Search (GCS), examines technologies that have grabbed the spotlight, amassed many users, but end up forgotten on the side of the info superhighway. He gives his slant on why he hopes GCS still has some mileage left.
By Terry Ballard
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Can You Trust the Cloud? Best Practices to Secure Your Personal Data
Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.Like the idea of no space limits but not sold on the safety of relying on the cloud to store private information? Nicole Hennig tells you what you need to know about security in the cloud based on your security needs and looks at two popular encryption options: Dropbox and 1Password.
By Nicole Hennig
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Taming Taxonomies and Tangling With Tagging
Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.Barbie Keiser reviews four products that provide resources for developing and managing taxonomies and for tagging content—Thomson Reuters Open Calais, TopBraid, Mondeca's Smart Content Factory, and PoolParty.
By Barbie E. Keiser
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Disappearing News Archives
When newspaper archives disappear, whether due to political upheavals or commercial interests, history is lost. Without an archive, it's impossible to know what actually happened. Sarah Jane Davis looks at two specific instances—the Zaman newspaper in Turkey and the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal in Wisconsin—where archives have vanished.
By Sarah Jane Davis


Internet Express
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Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.Everyone's heard of Pokémon GO, even if they aren't roaming the streets in the wee hours hunting for PokeStops. Irene McDermott explores other virtual and augmented reality options, including non-gaming ones, and explains why 5G can't come soon enough.
By Irene E. McDermott
On the Net
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Greg Notess shares his tips for searching large documents, such as entire books, on the web, in light of the newer initiatives from the search engines that move the search process away from text matching.
By Greg R. Notess
The Dollar Sign
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Stocking Up on Stock Exchange Information
Stock markets and stock exchanges are not so subtly different. Stock exchanges can be publicly traded companies. Even when they are not, stock exchange websites offer a surprising amount of market, industry, and company data.
By Marydee Ojala
The Open Road
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Open Behind Closed Doors
We usually think of knowledge management as an internal function, yet the standard definition of openness fits very well into the approach many organizations take when addressing external knowledge sharing.
By Abby Clobridge
InfoLit Land
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Getting to the Point of Research
That students continue not to get the point of doing research, seeing it as a mere compilation of facts rather than an exercise in problem-solving, worries Bill Badke. Even worse is the lack of information literacy in the general population, who are really good at finding simple answers but struggle with deeper problem-solving.
By William Badke
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Beyond Responsive Design
Developing a "mobile-first" mindset means that web designers must go beyond responsive design and involve content creators, who spend most of their workday not on mobile devices but on desktops and laptops. Video presents its own issues for mobile-friendly websites.
By Darlene Fichter, Jeff Wisniewski
Hard Copy
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Recommended Reading on Technology Planning, Library Service Design, Text Analytics, and Content Marketing
By Deborah Lynne Wiley
Online Spotlight
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Self-Driving Search
Mary Ellen Bates looks ahead to a possible future where online searching has developed along the lines of self-driving cars, when a Watson-like appliance is as much a part of our work routine as a calendar and email software.
By Mary Ellen Bates


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