Volume 43, Number 2 - March/April 2019
If we believe nothing, how can we function as information professionals?
By Marydee Ojala
The Searcher's Viewpoint
iSchools are preparing M.L.I.S. students to thrive in the information professions and to be open to and embrace change.
By Sandra Hirsh
Search Engine Update
By Greg R. Notess
Grey Literature and Research Data
You can now find famous art collections, from museums and civic institutions, in living color on the web. Researcher Tara Calishain details what is happening with some of these and looks forward to more art coming to computer screens, at times enhanced so you see more than you would if you were viewing them inside the museum.
By Tara Calishain
Population By the Numbers: Finding Demographic Data
Demographic data, particularly from government agencies, permeates the web—and its massive amounts of numbers, charts, and figures can overwhelm researchers unless they understand how to search for this data.
By Jeffrey Meyer
Trends in Scholarly Publishing
With the number of published articles expanding astronomically, Barbie Keiser finds that metasearch tools help scholars keep up. Other trends include the increase in open access publications, the emphasis on open science and open data, and the ascendance of preprints.
By Barbie E. Keiser
Twitter Tools for Location-Based Research
Twitter can be used (and misused) for many purposes, but the savvy researcher will find hidden gems for serious research by exploiting Twitter's location-based features. Geotagging plays a significant role in this research.
By Edward J. Ajaeb
Image Manipulation: The Growing Crisis in Scholarly Communication
As technology advances and, along with all the good things that implies, provides opportunities to falsify images in scholarly research articles, it's important to recognize when this occurs. Altered and faked images, whether appearing accidentally or on purpose, take a toll on the reliability of scientific research.
By Nancy K. Herther
A Fiction Writer’s Take on Research
Writing mystery stories requires research, explains author and independent information professional Debbi Mack. She reveals some of her research secrets, particularly as they relate to getting inside the head of her main character.
By Debbi Mack
Simon Burton reflects on the results of two surveys about the skills that will be needed by information professionals in the future. Law librarians and those working in academia will need to concentrate on technology, analysis, project and people management, and information/digital literacy.
By Simon Burton
Survival of the Fittest: Preservation Methods Throughout History and What Is in Store for the Future
While worrying about whether her own materials will hold up across millennia, Carly Lamphere looks at how ancient tomes, artifacts, and even census records have withstood the hands of time. She also evaluates if our current technologies will be around a thousand years from now.
By Carly Lamphere
What Is Good Evidence?
A graduate student's question started William Badke thinking about the role of information literacy, critical thinking, and logic when it comes to data gathered for scientific research versus critical interpretation of sources. What constitutes good evidence in support of scholarly inquiry?
By William Badke
The Dollar Sign
A Sweet Tooth for Candy Industry Research
Using the candy industry as an example, Marydee Ojala explores terminology and industry codes for what seems a straightforward research project. She then looks at relevant associations, statistical sources, market research reports, news databases, and political issues for the industry.
By Marydee Ojala
Recommended Reading on Streaming Video Acquisitions, Oral Histories in Library Technology Archives, and Citation Management
By Jennifer A. Bartlett
Mad Men and Research Librarians
Libraries are too often seen in traditional ways and the meaning of the word "research" has changed. Mary Ellen Bates believes that information professionals should adjust their services to reflect the evolving critical information needs of clients.
By Mary Ellen Bates