ALA Midwinter Exhibit Hall: Part Two

By , January 31, 2013 10:25 am

by Anna L. Endter

I’m back with a second report about my trip the ALA Midwinter Exhibit Hall. As promised in Part One, this post will FinSmallestButtonfocus on what I learned from talking with vendors.

Thomson Reuters

One of the products that Thomson was showcasing at ALA was EndNote, it’s citation management tool. Endnote is much like Zotero and RefWorks in that it was designed to help people organize and collect resources during the course of scholarly research. (As an aside, while it might seem like citation management is primarily an academic concern, attorneys in private practice also write articles and might benefit from learning to use one of these tools. And Zotero is free!).

During the course of the demonstration, the rep mentioned that citations collected in EndNote can be formatted according to a wide range of citation styles. We figured out that EndNote does include The Bluebook as an option though the rep was unsure about its capabilities. I asked him to Bluebook a journal article so I could see the citation and it looked more or less accurate. I’m hoping to spend some time using EndNote to see how it compares to the other citation management tools, and to verify the accuracy of its Bluebooking.

ProQuest

ProQuest had a very large booth at ALA and many reps available to answer questions. They had many brochures about new content and buttons for the Statistical Abstract of the United States, a very important resource that ProQuest began publishing this year. I was happy to see this title represented at the booth.

I also learned about a ProQuest product called “History Vault” and the launch of a new module that includes extensive collections of World War II records, including Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Map Room Files. Though this is not a resource I would expect most of us to subscribe to, it was interesting to see what they’ve done with archival material and how they’ve implemented controlled vocabulary and keyword searching.

Infobase Learning

I didn’t know Infobase before the conference, probably because their primary markets are academic (non-law) and public libraries. They showed me a cool database called “Films on Demand,” which includes more than 12,500 full-length and 190,000 video clips that are educational, fully-searchable, subject-specific, and designed to be implemented into curriculum. Each video also includes an interactive transcript that is searchable, among other things. I liked that this technology can be used by patrons and students with a variety of learning styles (visual, auditory, etc.).

I wrote in Part One that my goal was to learn about the library profession generally and I think I accomplished that in my visit to the Exhibit Hall. It was time well spent. I will conclude this post with a shot of the view from the Convention Center.

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