Marydee Ojala

Marydee Ojala

Marydee Ojala is Editor-in-Chief of Online Searcher (the successor journal to ONLINE) and writes its business research column ("The Dollar Sign"). She has contributed feature articles and news stories to Information Today, Searcher, EContent, Computers in Libraries, Intranets, Cyber Skeptic's Guide to the Internet, Business Information Review, and Information Today's NewsBreaks. Her blog is ONLINEInsider.net. A long-time observer of the information industry, she speaks frequently at conferences, such as WebSearch University, Internet Librarian, Online Information (London, UK), Internet Librarian International, and national library meetings outside the U.S. She has adjunct faculty status at the School of Library and Information Science at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis). Her professional career began at BankAmerica Corporation, San Francisco, directing a worldwide program of research and information services. She established her independent information research business in 1987. Her undergraduate degree is from Brown University and her MLS was earned at the University of Pittsburgh.

Articles by Marydee Ojala

The debate over controlled digital lending continues, with presentations from the World Library & Information Congress, statements from IFLA and new products from Ex Libris and EBSCO.

Posted 7 September 2021

Axel Springer signed an agreement to acquire POLITICO, Nexstar acquired digital media platform The Hill, and Forbes merged with the special interest acquisition company Magnum Opus Acquisition Ltd.

Posted 7 September 2021

The New Yale Book of Quotations was published 31 August 2021 by Yale University Press, after over 15 years of preparation.

Posted 1 September 2021

The United Nations' Dag Hammarskjöld Library hosted a world-class, virtual Open Science Conference over 3 half-days, 21-23 July 2021. Designed to include speakers from around the globe, its tag line was "From Tackling the Pandemic to Addressing Climate Change". The host for the event, Thanos Giannakopolous, Chief Librarian at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, kept the conference on an even keel, despite a few technical hiccups.

Posted 3 August 2021

Dataminr, a real-time information discovery platform, acquired WatchKeeper, a data geo-visualisation platform for corporate enterprises.

Posted 3 August 2021

Clarivate announced it will acquire ProQuest from the privately-held, family-owned, Cambridge Information Group and the minority owner Atairos. Both these library titans are deeply embedded in libraries worldwide so this industry consolidation has significant implications not only for investors but also for the entire information industry, broadly defined.

Posted 1 June 2021

The European Union have proposed new rules and actions regarding Artificial Intelligence, in line with its desire to make "Europe fit for the Digital Age". Although most commentary regarding the proposed AI regulations have centred on "Big Tech", the library community is also affected. Library organisations, particularly IFLA, have been interested in issues surrounding new technologies such as AI for several years.

Posted 1 June 2021

Internet librarians spend much of their working life in the present. However, two presentations at the 2021 NISOPlus conference brought home the importance of both looking back and looking forward. The speakers, one a Ghanaian librarian advocating for Indigenous Knowledge and the other a researcher from Japan investigating a future society enhanced with avatars, stimulated so many thoughts in my mind about the role of libraries, librarians, and our digital future.

Posted 4 May 2021

FiscalNote's strategic acquisition of Oxford Analytica should enhance FiscalNote's software, data and content offerings with Oxford Analytica's geopolitical intelligence and analysis.

Posted 1 March 2021

A Brainteaser for those intrigued by fictional characters and their imaginary bookcases.

Posted 15 February 2021

Sci-Hub has been a thorn in the side of commercial publishers almost since its founding in 2011. Recent legal actions in India may succeed in curbing its activities, something that similar lawsuits in the U.S. have failed to accomplish.

Posted 2 February 2021

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. doubled down on its commitment to Open Access when, on 5 January 2021, it announced the acquisition of Hindawi Limited, one of the world's fastest growing OA scientific research publishers, for a total purchase price of $298 million. This is not a total surprise, as the companies have been publishing partners since 2016 and the OA movement has been growing in momentum. Wiley has a track record of recent acquisitions in the technology space, including zyBooks, Knewton Alta, and Atypon.

Posted 2 February 2021

Need to take a bite out of your taxonomy efforts? Taxonomy Bootcamp London, a sister conference to Internet Librarian International, is hosting a Bite-sized version on 2 March 2021.

Posted 22 January 2021

Advances in machine-generated content are changing scholarly publishing and Springer Nature is in the forefront of adopting its usage. What does this mean for researchers, scholarly publishing and librarians?

Posted 5 January 2021

Google Trends presents excellent opportunities for Internet Librarians to examine differences in terminology and popularity of search topics over time.

Posted 5 January 2021

ProQuest's investment in virtual conference venue Underline Science is a harbinger of making conference papers and presentations more findable for librarians and the scholarly community.

Posted 1 December 2020

Moody's acquisition of Acquire Media provides indications about the future of news aggregators but raises questions about library access to Moody's full range of analytics products.

Posted 3 November 2020

The newly released draft Recommendation on Open Science by UNESCO is an important milestone towards establishing a global policy for openness in scientific research and dissemination of results.

Posted 3 November 2020

The Portsmouth City Library wants its Harry Potter first edition back, along with the £42,500 recent sales price

Posted 20 October 2020

Posted 5 October 2020

European Union magistrate Maciej Szpunar issued an advisory opinion stating that the digital cultural library run by Preussischer Kulturbesitz (the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) does not violate copyright laws.

Posted 14 September 2020

The purchase of SlideShare from LinkedIn by Scribd raises questions about slide and document sharing.

Posted 1 September 2020

In South Africa, copyright law has become both contentious and political. The Copyright Amendment Bill (B13-2017) was introduced in the National Assembly on 1 May 2017. The intent was to modernize the Copyright Act, which has been in force since 1978. Not only was this written before the internet became such a powerful force, it was during Apartheid. Clearly, it needs to be brought up to date. How, exactly to do that is at the heart of the contentiousness of the current process.

Posted 1 September 2020

The extension to the Württemberg State Library in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, received the Architecture 2020 Concrete Award.

Posted 22 August 2020

Kelly LeBlanc, a knowledge management and taxonomy specialist at FireOak Strategies, looked at GDPR compliance now that the legislation has been in place for awhile.

Posted 12 August 2020

LYRASIS, a non-profit organization of libraries, archives, museums, and research institutions, based in the United States, published the 2020 Open Content Survey Report, which focuses on open content activities within the United States (U.S.) surrounding Open Access (OA) Scholarship, Open Data, and Open Educational Resources (OERs).

Posted 7 August 2020

Winners of the 2020 Altmetric Research Award are Dr Fabio Castro Gouveia, a scientometrics and altmetrics specialist at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil, and Dr Elaine Rabello, a researcher with dual appointments at the Institute of Social Medicine, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Wageningen University, Netherlands. 

Posted 28 July 2020

The newly-launched Platform for Responsible Editorial Policies (PREP) facilitates the transparent review and research into peer-review procedures at 401 journals.

Posted 7 July 2020

Google's latest annual spam report said its preventative spam efforts resulted in over 99% of search results being spam-free and that it found 25 billion pages discovered every day are spammy.

Posted 7 July 2020

ProQuest's platform enhancements that make subscription and open access content readily searchable on the open web reveals a volume and variety of source material of benefit to students, teachers and the general public.

Posted 7 July 2020

IFLA, the International Federation of Libraries and Institutions, compiled a guide to the policies and procedures of libraries around the world as they move towards reopening libraries.

Posted 7 July 2020

The revised Business Research Competencies is now available.

Posted 3 July 2020

The Boccaccio Project Will Feature New Works by 10 Pairs of Composers and Performers to be Premiered Online During 10 Days in June

Posted 13 June 2020

The Knowledge Academy have identified the most commonly misspelt words in Google searches. They've also found an uptick in people using Alexa or Siri to find the spellings they don't know.

Posted 8 June 2020

In order to adapt the current strategy and organisational scheme to the priorities and realities of the Qwant search engine, a new leadership team is now in place.

Posted 4 June 2020

The UK government decided to eliminate VAT on digital publications earlier than originally planned.

Posted 4 June 2020

The pandemic has focussed librarians' attention on copyright. WIPO has some new initiatives that affect the situation.

Posted 1 June 2020

Two days of discussions about academic publishing covered China's role in OA, Plan S, value propositions, book publishing and much more. The event was not without controversy!

Posted 6 March 2019

The theme of the 20th International Conference on Grey Literature was 'Research Data Fuels and Sustains Grey Literature'.

Posted 7 February 2019

A wide range of topics were covered at INFORUM in Prague, including library strategy and advocacy, tech developments, preservation, archiving and digitisation.

Posted 12 June 2018

The 2018 Academic Publishing Europe conference (APE) considered Open Science, Open Access, blockchain for publishing, AI - and more.

Posted 7 February 2018

The Association of Independent Information Professionals 2017 conference focused on the theme of Resilience, Reinvention, Renewal: Pivoting for Success.

Posted 2 June 2017

The Academic Publishing Europe conference considered the ethics of publishing, covering everything from Peer Review to Piracy. Marydee Ojala reports.

Posted 9 March 2017

A silver tree at a conference was used by delegates to capture their favourite search tips.

Posted 2 November 2016

The word innovation is losing its power. If everything is innovative, nothing is innovative. True innovation, however, exists and will have an impact on how librarians do their jobs and how people perceive information.

Posted 12 August 2016

The 2016 Association of Independent Information Professionals conference explored how partnering impacts the unique characteristics of information businesses.

Posted 3 May 2016

Marydee Ojala joins other 'battle scarred veterans' of scholarly publishing at the 2016 Academic Publishing Europe (APE) conference in Germany.

Posted 8 February 2016

Marydee Ojala joined hundreds of others 'fishing for treasure in the information lake' in Prague.

Posted 19 June 2015

From privacy and surveillance to hyper-connectivity, Marydee Ojala encourages librarians everywhere to respond to IFLA's "tremendously important" report.

Posted 6 September 2013

The advantages of etextbooks seem obvious, yet student acceptance is still low. Marydee Ojala explores the latest etextbook trends and initiatives.

Posted 18 February 2013

Digitisation breathes new life into collections, making them accessible beyond their physical location. Four real world examples highlight how digitisation opens up collections.

Posted 2 November 2012

In order to demonstrate value librarians must be willing to employ ROI methodologies and back up their claims with data says Marydee Ojala.

Posted 11 October 2012

The BBC is using dynamic semantic publishing technologies to bring the Olympics to the world.

Posted 31 July 2012

The annual conference of the American Library Association (ALA) welcomed delegates from over 80 countries. Marydee Ojala reports from Anaheim.

Posted 23 July 2012

Positive predictions, future opportunities and lively debates at the Academic Publishing in Europe conference.

Posted 10 February 2012

At the the debut of a new information community conference in Berlin the conversations covered linked data, social media and research in corporate environments.

Posted 27 May 2011