Search Mastery Speaker Series – In Process: The Challenges of Updating the Second Edition of Online Searching

Event Start Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 11:00 am

Event End Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 12:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Contact: Mary Ann Francis


Rowman & Littlefield published the 2nd edition of Karen Markey’s textbook, Online Searching: A Guide to Finding Quality Information Efficiently and Effectively in 2019, and it’s time for an update. Cheryl Knott has taken on the task of revising the book for its 3rd edition, and in this talk she’ll report on some of the challenges involved in updating a book about an ever-changing field of theory and practice. She will discuss how her years of experience teaching online searching, as well as the anonymous comments of reviewers who also teach, are informing her decisions about revisions. And, as this is the final Search Mastery talk this spring, she’ll reflect on how the series has helped her make decisions about the book’s content.


Cheryl Knott is a professor in the School of Information at the University of Arizona where she teaches an undergraduate online searching course as well as graduate courses on information intermediation and government information. She is the author of Find the Information You Need! (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), a textbook designed for end-users of databases and other online information resources. In her research, which focuses on the history of print culture, she uses online searching to find secondary sources in a number of related disciplines and primary sources in physical archives and digital collections. Her book, Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015), won the Eliza Atkins Gleason Award from the American Library Association’s Library History Round Table and the Lillian Smith Book Award from the Southern Regional Council.

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