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Information Sources & Information Sifting Techniques

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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Annotum

ANNOTUM.ORG automates the peer-review process for scholarly academic publishing. On May 1, 2012, Google is discontinuing a similar project called Knol. Documents created using Knol may be transferred to ANNOTUM without a charge.


-DD

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Monday, March 12, 2012

e-Hoarding

Jeff Vance prepared a short presentation for Network World titled "10 Signs You're An e-Hoarder". In the related article, Vance mentions that the typical knowledge worker handles over a hundred emails each day.


Vance cites research indicating the flood of information has a negative effect on decision making:


Besides legal troubles, e-hoarding is also creating huge problems for IT and even executives, problems that go well beyond the costs associated with storing and later finding all of that information. According to IBM, the result of exponential data growth is that most organizations operate with serious blind spots.


IBM found that one in three business leaders frequently make decisions based on information they either don't have or don't really trust. Shockingly, one in two business leaders admit that they don't have working access to the information they need to do their jobs.


Business leaders and knowledge workers usually know they have the data they need somewhere, but they can't put their finger on it. They don't know how to find it, and if they do find it, they're not sure how current or accurate it is.

Vance also notes that data hoarder Elliot Solloway was helped with desktop search software. A commentator noted that destop search solutions do not index removable media such as DVDs.



-DD

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Thursday, March 08, 2012

The Joy of Books

Paul McNamara shared some video clips celebrating books in his January 10 article "'The Joy of Books' Tap Dances Over Your Kindle."
-DD


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