We have another large issue this quarter, mainly as a result of publishing the proceedings of the CoLIS conference, held earlier this year in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Our thanks to Dr. Polona Vilar for organizing the conversion of papers to html.

The CoLIS proceedings include some very interesting papers, which I look forward to reading at my leisure, once the task of making sure that all is well with the issue. I've been helped in this instance by Tara McDarby, a student in Borås (although resident in London!), who has been checking and double-checking the html.

The regular papers number six in this issue and represent a wide range of topics. First, Lala Hajibayova investigates 'how information retrieval systems, particularly algorithms underlying information retrieval systems, facilitate use of an individual's subject knowledge in the assessment of relevance', then Ander Erikson explores collective information seeking and knowledge construction on a social question and answer site. The third paper, by Ángel F. Villarejo-Ramos and his colleagues shows that elderly people cannot be regarded as a single category, when it comes to the use by this age group of social media and e-banking services. They vary from the e-elderly, who make extensive use of such services, those who are 'fearful of technology', to the 'hooked by networks' who make extensive use of social media. Yehudit Shkolnisky Lieberman and Judit Bar-Ilan report on the editing activities of Wikipedia editors of the Hebrew version of that encyclopedia. Sadly, Judit died in July this year—a considerable loss to a number of research communities, including the information behaviour community. This paper is published in memoriam of Judit. The role of the data librarian in academic libraries and research organizations in New Zealand is explored by Isaac K. Ohaji, Brenda Chawner and Pak Yoong. Research data management is rapidly becoming a new task for academic libraries, requiring a new set of skills—hence the development of data science programmes in a variety of fields. Finally, Ivett Aportela-Rodríguez and Ana Pacios report on a global study of the relationships between science parks and university libraries.

Book reviews

We have five book reviews in this issue (I particularly enjoyed reading Venice's secret service), and, unusually, a review of a film on the development of the Lesbian Herstory Archives.


My thanks to all who have contributed in their different ways to the publication of this issue: regional editors, copy-editors, referees, Editorial Board members, and, particularly, Polona Vilar for her help with the CoLIS papers, and Tara McDarby for her assistance with the final production process.

Professor Tom Wilson
December, 2019