Looking to Find Answers
by Dick Kaser
We haven’t done enough in Computers in Libraries (CIL) to cover search technology and searching methods. That’s changing with the decision of our publisher, Information Today, Inc. (ITI), to incorporate the long-lasting Online Searcher into CIL. In this issue, we welcome my good friend and colleague, Marydee Ojala, as editor and columnist, and her team of expert searchers and commentators, who will appear on a rotating basis in the 100 additional pages we will be publishing in 2023.
We welcome Online Searcher subscribers into the CIL fold and hope that you will enjoy the work of our columnists and practicing librarian authors as they address technology deployments in academic, public, school, corporate, and special libraries. In the center of a Venn diagram, you would find the topics of metadata and discovery.
With this merger, we hope to better match the wide range of topics that are covered at ITI’s Internet Librarian (IL) and Computers in Libraries conferences, where the Search track always plays to a full house. In this issue, we are also pleased to publish some original research gathered at the IL22 in-person event in Monterey, Calif., last October. Strategic planner Daniel Rasmus reports on his efforts at the show to assess the future of libraries and librarians by gathering input from conference attendees.
In this issue, you will also hear from search experts Tara Calishain and William Badke on “Search Gizmos to Simplify Web Searching” and “Seeing the Nuances in InfoLit Land,” respectively.
Authors from the University of Georgia’s law library discuss how their special collections digitization effort was focused during the grant-writing process. And the University of California–Berkeley’s Timothy Vollmer addresses what to do about the digitization of sensitive collections. He also talks about some other factors to be considered before digitizing anything.
School librarian Kelsey Bogan shares her tips for using TikTok videos to promote your library, and columnist Jessamyn West shares her migration strategy for transferring your Twitter activity to an alternate platform.
There is always much to discover in CIL, so I hope you find what you are searching for. And if you like what you’re reading, please join us at Computers in Libraries this March in Washington, D.C. I hope to see you there.
Dick Kaser, Executive Editor