Magazine article Computers in Libraries

What Do You Know Worth Saving?

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

What Do You Know Worth Saving?

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I stole the title of this column from a postcard Northern Micrographics sent me a year ago, which has been hanging above my desk ever since, along with my thumb-tacked collection of inspirational clippings. It's an excellent choice of words. It's saying, "It's not about what you have, but what you know that's worth saving."

We live in an environment that's more and more about sharing--virtually everything--on social networks, but the question remains: What's worth keeping? And librarians might add--in what form?

Data are increasingly being shared in the form of infographics. In this issue, Rachel Evans shares tips on making infographics using free web apps, and Ayyoub Ajmi takes a bold step forward by suggesting that the classic research paper can be condensed into this format.

Our resident data scientist and librarian, Dan Chudnov, argues that for today's IT professional, publishing a digital lab notebook capable of running snippets of code can encapsulate a researcher's knowledge like never before. …

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