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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 9, November/December

ALA Ventures out into Communities for New Advocacy Effort
To borrow a phrase from Judith Viorst's classic children's book, this could very well be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year for libraries, especially public and school libraries. As part of his FY2019 budget, the president reportedly wants...
Al N Legal Research: Casetext and LexisNexis Battle It Out
The first electronic database I ever used was Lexis. It was 1984, and I was a law student at the University of Idaho. We had this huge, desk-sized Lexis terminal with a built-in monochrome monitor and keyboard and a 2400 baud dial-up modem. Only one...
Are You a Wikipedian?
Are You a Wikipedian? Leveraging Wikipedia: Connecting Communities of Knowledge edited by Merrilee Proffitt Chicago: ALA Editions, 2018 ISBN: 978-0838916322 256 pages; $68, softcoverWikipedia launched in January 2001. It is currently the sixth-mostvisited...
A True Global Librarian
There are 11,181 miles between Denmark and New Zealand, and that's the distance Jan Holmquist recently moved to begin work as the library director of the Nelson Public Libraries in Nelson, New Zealand. But distance ain't nothing but a number, especially...
Conferences around the World
infotoday.com/calendar.aspFor information on ITI's conferences, see page 10.NOVEMBER8-10: Zagreb, Croatia (National and University Library in Zagreb). The theme of the 1st International Conference on Green Libraries is Let's Go Green! Participants will...
Focus on the Customer: Aiding- and Accidentally Abetting?
No matter the area of service, or whether it's in-house or online, the new paradigm seems to be, "It's the customer (or patron), stupid." The two articles I'm highlighting in my final 2018 column look at two different sides of customer service. A piece...
Gale Gathers Primary Sources on Political Extremists
Robert F. Kennedy once said, "What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents." Taking another...
IFLA Transforms
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA; ifla.org) took to heart the theme of its 2018 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC)-Transform Libraries, Transform Society. It showcased its own transformation during...
LeBron James: The Guy Is a Marvel
While there will be only one LBJ at your Field Correspondent's house for a hypothetical dinner party-that would be Lyndon Baines Johnson-we're definitely developing a softspot for today's version, LeBron James. Yes, he's playing for the Los Angeles Lakers,...
Library Positivity
At the end of every year, Information Today looks ahead: What will info pros be talking about in the future? How will the information industry change? This year, like any, has seen its share of challenges-such as the threat of federal budget cuts (which...
Making the Most of MacGyver Moments
Have you ever thought of an innovative technology-based solution for a problem you encountered? If so, you might be a "tech MacGyver"- named for the title character of the 1985-1992 TV show. In fact, the term "MacGyver" is in the Oxford Dictionaries...
New European Copyright Directive Courts Controversy
Who says there's nothing to look forward to next year? Don't despair- the European Union should, if the stars are aligned, agree to an updated copyright directive. It was recently approved by the European Parliament (EP), paving the way for a three-party...
Newsbytes
* The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded OCLC a nearly $250,000 National Leadership Grant "to collect and share knowledge and resources to support public libraries and their community partners [as they] address the opioid crisis,"...
On the Future of Education in Information Science
The International Symposium on the Future of Education in Information Science (FEIS 2018; feis2018.di.unipi.it) was held at the University of Pisa in Italy from Sept. 10 to 11. It was conducted by the Erasmus+ (ec.europa.eu/ programmes/erasmus-plus)...
Pew Research Center Updates
Pew Research Center is "a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world." Its website has eight topic sections, each of which showcases the latest research, which is collected in reports...
Product News
* ProQuest created a new video series, Student Success, for Alexander Street's Academic Video Online subscription product that is based on the Cognella Series on Student Success books. It is designed to help students adjust to college life, including...
Share the Love
There's a holiday-themed movie I watch every year: 1995's While You Were Sleeping, starring a charming Sandra Bullock, an adorable Bill Pullman, and a peacefully comatose Peter Gallagher (the titular You). It's your standard rom-com, with misunderstandings,...
Social Progress Imperative Tackles GDP Dilemma
Gross domestic product (GDP) is widely used as the single most representative measurement of a country's performance and status, a sort of "chief national metric." By this accounting, the U.S. stands far out in front; its worldleading 2017 GDP is just...
The Glyphs That Keep on Giving
It's the gift-giving season, so here's a giftfrom me to you-all about one of the greatest mysteries in human history, featuring genius Russians, a British explorerphotographer, archaeologists, and a pair of very librarian-like American Mayanist-linguists...
What It's like to Be a Wikipedian in Residence
As the Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity at West Virginia University (WVU) Libraries, I was fortunate enough to gain experience in and be part of helping to widen academia's understanding of Wikipedia within the academic library setting while...
Why I'm Hooked on ThisIsWhyImBroke
The set of CraftBeer Jam from Vermont ($29.94) includes "an IPA jelly ideal for cheddar and cured meats, an oatmeal stout great for bold breads, and a porter jelly that you'll want to try with peanut butter." The X9R Marauder 25,000 Lumen Flashlight...
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