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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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For many corporate libraries, “search” represents an enormous challenge. Depending how users access the library, finding what they need can require a search of multiple databases using the same terms. This can turn out to be an effort fraught with frustration and a time drain on productivity. When the director of information and knowledge management at a global specialty biopharmaceutical company experienced this frustration first hand, while searching through eight databases for competitive intelligence materials on a tight deadline, she decided this limitation was unacceptable. The library would embark on a mission to become more user-friendly. The goal? The ability to search across multiple resources for a specific keyword or phrase and retrieve one comprehensive set of results. Here’s a look at their journey.

Whither the Information Professions? Indicators From the iConference
by Dave Shumaker
The organization and its annual iConference have been growing, and this year's event, the 14th, attracted 500-plus academics from around the world to the University of Maryland from March 31 to April 3.

Weekly News Digests
ALA Elects Its 2020–2021 President
Julius C. Jefferson Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress and an active ALA member for the past 15 years, will be the 2020-2021 ALA president.
SPARC Publishes a Report on the Academic Publishing Industry
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) released a landscape analysis report on the changing academic publishing industry that is freely available for download.
Book Riot Confronts Sexual Harassment in Libraries
A Book Riot article by Kelly Jensen looks at "what has come of sexual harassment, professional discourse, education, and change in the year and a half since" the 2017 #MeToo movement began.
Ithaka S+R Survey Studies Faculty Attitudes
The Scholarly Kitchen shares that Ithaka S+R rolled out the latest version of its "Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey." It "has tracked the changing research, teaching, and publishing practices of higher education faculty members on a triennial basis since 2000."
Emerald Publishing Takes Pledge to Support Employees' Mental Health
Emerald Publishing signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge as a "commitment to supporting employee wellbeing and mental health" and to further the goal of "changing the way people think and act about mental health problems in the workplace."

NewsLink Spotlight
A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 3
by Justin Hoenke
Justin Hoenke, the executive director of a small public library, has been talking to all types of library staffers for A Day in the Life, his column in Information Today. Among other things, he asks them about their typical days, moments that made them proud, their current projects, and how they balance their library work with the rest of their lives. Here's a look at his columns from September 2018 to March 2019. 

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The Accidental Taxonomist, 3rd edition
The Accidental Taxonomist, 3rd edition
by Heather Hedden
Foreword by Stephanie Lemieux
The Accidental Taxonomist is the most comprehensive guide available to the art and science of building information taxonomies. Heather Hedden—a leading taxonomy expert and instructor—walks readers through the process, displaying her trademark ability to present highly technical information in straightforward, comprehensive English.

In this fully revised third edition, Hedden adds an entirely new chapter on ontologies, emphasizes the SKOS model of concepts over the traditional thesaurus model of terms, and provides new insights into taxonomy development techniques. She presents fresh survey data; new screenshots and examples; and updated information on software, career opportunities, and resources for taxonomists.

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