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ONLINE SEARCHER: Information Discovery, Technology, Strategies


Volume 43, Number 1 - January/February 2019


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But what about libraries? How does digital transformation play out in libraryland?
By Marydee Ojala
The Searcher's Viewpoint
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More important than the digital divide is the resulting information poverty that results from it. If we ignore the need to bridge the information poverty gap, we get caught in a negative downward spiral.
By Donna Scheeder


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Industry News
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Search Engine Update
By Greg R. Notess
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Conference Corral
Twenty Years Ago Today


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Measuring the impact of scholarly research articles has long been an important tool for evaluating individual researchers, but it is now expanding into assessing the performance of research institutions, groups of scholars, and geographic units. New approaches to metrics for libraries and museums are detailed by librarians Lasda and Hulser.
By Elaine M. Lasda, Richard P. Hulser
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Competitive Intelligence Platforms: 2019 Edition
Barbie Keiser considers several new platforms for competitive intelligence professionals, noting how they are reinventing themselves by rethinking CI processes. She also provides an update on CI tools she's written about in the past.
By Barbie E. Keiser
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SCOUG Shark Tank Weekend
The SCOUG Shark Tank Weekend resuscitated the decades-old SCOUG Retreats by inviting library school students to present their ideas about doing things differently in libraries. These ideas, refined and changed over the weekend, were judged, in TV Shark Tank fashion, by library and business professionals.
By SCOUG Shark Tank Steering Committee and student participants
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Unmasking Facebook’s ‘Hidden’ Posts, Photos, and Videos
Facebook has had its share of scandals and missteps recently, but Edward Ajaeb focuses on its use for research purposes. Discovering hidden information via Facebook can boost the value of your online research.
By Edward J. Ajaeb
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Using a Content Management System for Student Digital Humanities Projects
Digital scholarship librarian Amy Gay describes her use of the content management system Omeka in preserving digital collections and integrating publicly accessible work created by faculty and students.
By Amy E. Gay
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Digital transformation is the next step for libraries, following on from digitization and digitalization. From his perspective in the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dobrica Savić explains the differences.
By Dobrica Savić
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Business Financial Bookmarking
Financial data for ratio analysis, vital to corporate benchmarking activities, can be gleaned from government websites and secondary sources. Results can vary, however, depending on the methodology employed.
By Grace Liu


Internet Express
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Librarians, Seniors, and the Challenge of Technological Education and Outreach
If you have a senior patron population who needs assistance mastering a variety of online devices and apps, Carly Lamphere has highlighted several programs libraries have created so you can help serve this group more effectively.
By Carly Lamphere
InfoLit Land
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Ten Considerations for Inquiry-Based Learning
When his university adopted inquiry-based education, librarian William Badke inserted himself into the process, encouraging faculty to consider how information literacy could be done within the new curriculum. The result is his 10 considerations for inquiry-based learning.
By William Badke
The Open Road
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The open knowledge ecosystem spans a number of different functionalities. Clobridge and Hinsdale share their favorite tools, apps, platforms, and systems, explaining why they like the ones they do.
By Abby Clobridge, Eric Hinsdale
Hard Copy
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Recommended Reading on Identity Management, Emerging Tech Trends, Women in IT, and Disinformation
By Jennifer A. Bartlett
Online Spotlight
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Ay Ay AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) should not be viewed as competition by information professionals. Instead, it provides opportunities to leverage our expertise and value by understanding how we can enable better use of information resources in our organizations.
By Mary Ellen Bates


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