Online

Online is a professional magazine covering online and CD-ROM databases with practical how-to articles covering the entire online industry. Founded in 1977, it is a bimonthly publication published by Online, a Division of Information Today Inc.The editor is Marydee Ojala.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, March/April

ADVANCING THE PROMISE OF E-Health THROUGH Information Technology
At eHealth 2009, the Second ICST Conference on Electronic Healthcare for the 2 1 st Century, held in Istanbul, Sept. 23-25, 2009 (www. electronic - health.org), speakers combined technology and healthcare with a dash of public policy. They discussed...
All Change on the Search Front
[Change is the essence of searching on the net. With this issue of ONLINE, we welcome a change in authorship for the On the Net column. Greg Notess has decided to take some time off, and Karen Blakeman is stepping in. Karen has worked in the information...
But Still They Blog
IF you've been reading real blogs for the past decade, you may have noticed a change in the past year or two. I'm finding significantly fewer posts and, in many cases, somewhat longer posts. If you follow lots of blogs, you may also notice that old ones...
Content, Content Everywhere
Have you noticed that, in the past few years, many providers of electronic information started referring to their products as "content"? Content, for those raised in a more analog world, is what you find in libraries - reference books, monographs, and...
Is an M.L.S. Still Relevant?
Just when I considered myself beyond being shocked by anything, I found that I can still get the vapors on occasion. At a recent online conference, the head of a large corporate library told me that, as she reviews resumes for info pro positions, she...
Libraries Taking the 'LEED': GREEN LIBRARIES LEADING IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
The 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which falls on April 22, 2010, prompts me to look at Earth Day's impact on libraries and the information profession. What has been the evolution of the Green Libraries website as part of the concepts of green and sustainable...
Mobiles in Libraries
Mobile technology is changing the way people work and play. Mobile devices are immediate to the user; they provide a channel for information and a way of interacting with others. They are superb at delivering different kinds of resources - streamed video...
Of Barbie, Buttons, and Roquefort Cheese
Joseph Mattera of International Trade Information ResourcesON an Amtrak train heading to Washington, D.C., last summer, Joseph Mattera somberly warned his business associate to stock up on Roquefort cheese before the prices tripled. As a longtime vegetarian,...
Overlooked Treasures: CSA DISCOVERY GUIDES
When librarians and information professionals consider premium content providers, the question of money soon emerges. On professional discussion lists, they decry the increased costs of databases from companies such as Elsevier, Thomson, and others....
Practical Website Improvement Face-Off
What are the top three things library webmasters can do to improve their websites? Panelists at Internet Librarian 2009 were charged with answering this question in session A203, "Library Website Improvement Face-Off" (www.infotoday.com/il2009), moderated...
Realities of Real-Time Research
That real-time information has become immensely popular is indisputable. The userbase for Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedln numbers in the millions and is a worldwide phenomenon, with many languages represented. Derided by some as a frivolous time sink,...
Redefining Information
IN this issue, Bill Badke wonders how the formats traditionally used to discriminate among types of library materials - monographs, reference books, periodicals, newspapers, government documents - are now referred to as "content." He thinks the term...
Revamping an Art Library Website: An Approach to Sink Your Teeth Into
What would Jane Austen think if she knew that zombies had ravaged her novel, Pride and Prejudice? In Seth Grahame- Smith's version, Austen's main character, Elizabeth Bennet, spars not only with Mr. Darcy, but also with a troupe of blood-thirsty zombies....
Search Engine Update
Ask continues to build its question-and-answer database with a focus on extracting and ranking existing answers as well as indexing sources of answers that have not been published. It has more than 400 million question/ answer pairs. The company reports...
Waving Goodbye to Email: Could Google Wave Kill Email?
you may find this difficult to believe, but email predates the personal computer and the World Wide Web. It now dominates online identity and communication for most users. Not only an essential part of interpersonal and interoffice communication, an...