Online

Online is a professional magazine covering online and CD-ROM databases with practical how-to articles covering the entire online industry. Founded in 1977, it is a bimonthly publication published by Online, a Division of Information Today Inc.The editor is Marydee Ojala.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, July-August

Advanced Digital Photo Retouching: A Cheap and Easy Approach for Librarians and Archivists
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS,' according to the cliche. That's particularly true of old photos, historical images of yesteryear, of people and places long since passed on, maybe even of your family in days gone by....
Does Information (Still) Want to Be Free?
I've remarked before--in my January/February 2012 column, for example--that Stewart Brand's famous "Information wants to be free" quote is frequently not amplified with its full context. Brand had a bigger insight beyond simply noting that digital...
Ebook Updates
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ACCORDING TO A RECENT Pew Internet & American Life Project study ("The Rise of E-Reading," http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/04/04/the-rise-of-e-reading), ebooks are becoming increasingly popular. In its survey, Pew...
Information Consumption
It should come as no surprise that there is more information available than we know what to do with. We have trouble finding it, and once we find it, we have trouble evaluating it. Information exists everywhere, in myriad formats. Some of this information...
Minding Your Own Business: Social Media Invades Business Research
Remember when your elders admonished you to mind your own business and not poke your nose in where it wasn't wanted? How last century! Or maybe even how last century once removed. This century's wild infatuation with social media has changed peoples'...
Rumor, Fear, and Conspiracies
It's 2012. Are you preparing for the world to end on Dec. 21? The ancient Mayan calendar has decreed it. On that day, the earth's poles will reverse and we'll all be deluged in massive floods, assuming the sun doesn't fry us first. How do I know that?...
Sharing to Multiple Social Networks
As social networks grow their userbases and new networks appear, they become ever more dominant as online locations for our users. That creates an increasing challenge. How do we keep active in every social network and find ways to track each one?...
Social Bookmarks for the 21st Century
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ever save a document to your hard drive without backing it up? You only have to lose something once to figure out that you really should listen to your IT department's admonitions to back up your work. For years I spent close...
The Embedded Librarians: Taking Knowledge Where It's Needed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Try this experiment. Stand on a street corner and ask passers-by what they think a librarian is or does. Chances are you'll hear a lot of answers that come down to this: A librarian is someone who works in a library. For centuries,...
Tools of Influence: Strategic Use of Social Media
Darlene Fichter (University of Saskatchewan) with guest columnist Cheryl Avery "Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence."--Henri Frederic Amiel "It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect,...
Trailblazers: Moving the Library Upstream in the Digital Distribution Process
On Dec. 20, 2010, Jamie LaRue, director of Douglas County Libraries (DCL), asked his associate director of Information technology, Monique Sendze, "Suppose a patron walked in and wanted to donate an ebook to our library. Could they?" Sendze responded,...
Trends in Open Source Search
Coinages strike me as intellectual shortcuts. M.B.A.s, in particular, are the Leonardos of neologisms. The open source community is trendy and moving up the neologism food chain. In early March 2012, Linux Insider, an information source I consider...
Triage, Treat, Release: Finding Medical Information Using MedlinePius and PubMed
Hospital emergency rooms around the U.S. have instituted a protocol called Triage, Treat, Release to efficiently care for patients presenting with minor injuries. It's also an apt metaphor for librarians helping patrons to find information, whether...
#Tweetsmart: 25 Twitter Projects to Help You Build Your Community
#tweetsmart: 25 Twitter Projects to Help You Build Your Community by J.S. McDougall ISBN: 978-1449309114 Published: 2012 Pages: 108 pp.; softcover Price: $19.99 Available from: O'Reilly Media, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472;...
Ucontent: The Information Professional's Guide to User-Generated Content
**** Ucontent: The Information Professional's Guide to User-Generated Content by Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo ISBN: 978-1573874250 Published: 2012 Pages: 360 pp. Price: softcover, $49.50 Available from: Information Today, Inc., 143 Old...
What's So Special About: Patent Invalidity Searching?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here's a likely business scenario: You have a client company set to go into production with a new technology that is destined to change the world, or at least make plenty of money. All the technical details are worked out,...
Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals: A LITA Guide
Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals: A LITA Guide by Pamela H. MacKellar ISBN: 978-1555707637 Published: 2011 Pages: 220 pp.; softcover Price: $70 Available from: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 100 William St., Suite 2004, New York, NY 10038;...