Information Literacy Students Compare Google Scholar With EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier
Nick Tomaiuolo, online instructor for a library skills course, devised
an assignment to assess students’ experiences using Google Scholar (GS)
and a traditional library subscription database, EBSCO’s Academic
Search Premier. To help readers contextualize the database comparison
exercise and student reactions, Tomaiuolo also reviews the issues that
have emerged as GS has developed.
Survival Lessons for Libraries
A Microcosm Points to Broader Implications
Positions Advertised in For-Profit Libraries in New England 2006–2009
James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein report on a 4-year study that set
out to determine whether a softening job market would result in more
library-related job vacancies within the private sector than in the
The App in the Haystack
Steps to Finding Useful and Usable Apps
Whether for your BlackBerry or other mobile devices, Rich Oppenheim has
outlined five steps to help you find apps that are life-enriching, from
figuring out what apps you really need to getting the best deals for
your money and knowing when to just say no.
Internet Librarian 2010
Focus on the User and Add Value
Two regular Searcher writers, Cindy Shamel and Internet
Express columnist (and football expert) Irene McDermott, shared
reporting duties at IL 2010, which took place in October in Monterey,
Calif. Among a bevy of items, the duo highlight hot keynote topics,
search engine news, federated search, and how libraries can stay
Used to be, all end users wanted to do online was retrieve emails, and
some did that grudgingly. As one who fought in the trenches in the
early — often dark — days of online searching, bq marvels at how
commonplace online searching has become for the masses.
The Gridiron on the Web: Football Online
Do you fumble around when it comes to understanding and following
football? Irene McDermott, who not long ago couldn’t tell a first down
from a touchdown, has her online playbook in hand, ready to share her
newfound knowledge and cheer other clueless folks onto victory.
Both Sides Now
EBSCO’s Referencia Latina
Susanne Bjørner continues to review the most valuable resources for
researching Spanish-language magazine and journal literature. In this
month’s column, she begins her investigation of EBSCO’s Hispanic
databases, starting with Referencia Latina.
‘B’ Is for
Gerry McKiernan looks at all things BlackBerry, from its smartphone
shipments and market share to all the apps available from sites such as
BlackBerry App World, including books, medical apps, and everything in
the postal and electronic addresses, phone and fax numbers for all the
companies, products, and people mentioned in this issue.