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Articles from Vol. 21, No. 4, April

2004 BUDDIE Attacks Legal Corruption
Yes, dear reader, another long, bleak year of waiting is nearly over (I said nearly. Do not look ahead!) as the announcement of the 2004 BUDDIE award is imminent. Always keenly anticipated by information hunters, the BUDDIE is particularly relevant...
2004 NFAIS Meeting
NFAIS helds its Annual Conference Feb. 22-24 in Philadelphia. According to the program: "A new information mindset is being created. Information usage behavior ... is being shaped by computer-driven technologies.... Use of traditional information sources...
A Love/hate Relationship
When you've been around the block a few times, you tend to be a bit cynical about affairs of the heart. But sometimes, in spite of your best intentions, love sneaks up and whacks you upside the head. And there you are: wandering around in a blissful...
A Threat to First Amendment Rights
Editing. At first glance, it's such a simple thing. However, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control's (OFAC) position on the importation and exportation of "information materials" has made editing a complicated, even illegal, act. In my December...
C. David Seuss, CEO of Northern Light
Northern Light CEO C. David Seuss joined the company in July 1996 as its 18th employee. He describes that time period as when "there were 17 engineers and me in a basement." Under Seuss' leadership, Northern Light has won many industry awards for outstanding...
Coming Soon to Your Home Theater
High-speed Internet connections, more powerful computers, and better display options promise to revolutionize the way the public will see films in the future.PerspectivesThe film industry and the Internet are joining forces. Most folks think of the Internet...
Coming Soon to Your Home Theater: High-Speed Internet Connections, More Powerful Computers, and Better Display Option Promise to Revolutionize the Way the Public Will See Films in the Future
The film industry and the Internet are joining forces. Most folks think of the Internet as a good place to get information about movies. There are ample reviews, promotional materials, clips, and even local theater schedules that users can easily access....
EBSCO Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary
If you haven't noticed, EBSCO is no longer just a journal-subscription company. The venerable firm is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2004 and has experienced considerable growth and development over the past 10 years. There's been a lot going...
Encyclopedias on the Arts
The first encyclopedias, compiled in Greece during the fourth century B.C., were meant to give students an all-around education in science, math, philosophy, and literature. For instance, Plato's nephew Speusippus aggregated concepts of philosophy,...
Flashing Back to a Tender Age
April 23, 1964, still ranks among the darkest days of my life. It was bad enough to be lured into the clutches of one of the most exasperating sports franchises of all time at the tender age of 6. But to have your team, the Houston Colt .45s (who would...
Getting a Grip on Electronic Journals
Getting a Grip on Electronic Journals E-Serials Collection Management: Transitions, Trends, and Technicalities edited by David C. Fowler Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth Press, 2004 ISBN: 0-7890-1754-7 279 pages $39.95Dealing with serials has always been a...
How Are Authors Faring Post-Tasini?
When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of freelance writers on June 21, 2001 (New York Times Co., Inc., et al. v. Tasini, et al.), many of us assumed that significant changes would take place in the publishing world. Publishers would negotiate with...
International REPORT
Internet Clampdown in ChinaAccording to a recent report issued by Amnesty International, Chinese authorities have dramatically increased actions against citizens who express opinions or download information from the Internet. The report, "People's Republic...
Internet Clampdown in China
According to a recent report issued by Amnesty International, Chinese authorities have dramatically increased actions against citizens who express opinions or download information from the Internet. The report, "People's Republic of China: Controls...
Internet Hate-Mongering
The rights to freedom of expression enshrined in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which has been signed but not yet ratified by China, says: "Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression. This right...
Internet Technology in India
In a recent article ("Vets Treat via the Net," http://www.nature.com/nsu/040105/ 040105-1.html), Nature reported on an initiative that brings Internet services to remote and poor regions in India. Villagers are able take their sick animals to kiosks...
Letters to the Editor
Meatspace vs. CyberspaceI just read "Up Front with Barbara Quint" in the February issue and was moved to write. You can take this for what it's worth from someone who attends and speaks at innumerable events every year.I tried to "attend" Gary Price's...
Looking for Space
Tunesmith Paul Simon had it right: "April, come she will." Not that she doesn't take her dear, sweet time, mind you. But she gets here. And with April comes one of my favorite holidays. While not a big seller for Hallmark, for me, April 1 (aka April...
New Players, New Partners
According to market economists, competition is the mother of all improvements. And you know, they may be right. Anyway, Adam Smith's "invisible hand" is poised to offer some large and luscious handouts to Internet users everywhere. As Yahoo! goes into...
News about Organizational Tools, the Content Industry, and More
It's spring-cleaning time in my house. Time to tackle those dirty blinds, fan blades, and corners with dead bugs--the things we miss on a regular basis. But it's my office that's most crying out for a thorough cleanup and complete reorganization. I...
New Tools
Personal information managers (PIMs) have been around since the 1980s and are still popular. Now, however, applications that aren't labeled specifically as PIMs often help keep users' digital houses in order. For example, I use Microsoft Outlook as my...
NFAIS Keynote Address
Just a few days after Yahoo! launched its new third-generation search engine to replace what it formerly leased from Google, Jan Pedersen, Yahoo!'s chief scientist, described the development of Web search engines during his opening keynote address...
OECD Communique
On Jan. 30, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy at Ministerial Level issued a Final Communique for science and innovation policy. The group's Committee of Science and...
PSP 2004 Annual Conference
Open access, open archives, big deals, and value are on the minds of everyone in the information community. Changing economics driven by technology, increasing demand for open access, changing cost REPORT structures, and the need to increase understanding...
Search Engine Wars Heat Up
Given the eyeballs and advertising dollars at stake, the turf battle among Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and others has intensified and shows no signs of a cooldown. Analysts at Outsell, Inc. called it a "slugfest" with "a remarkable sequence of bobs, weaves,...
STM Inquiries, Initiatives
Speaking of Reed Elsevier and its competitors, an inquiry is underway that will look into the pricing practices of commercial STM publishers and discuss open access publishing models. At the U.K. Parliament's Science and Technology Select Committee hearings...
The Inevitable and the Optimal
"On the first of March, crows begin to search," goes the proverb. And on March 1, the U.K. Parliament s Science and Technology Select Committee held the first oral hearings in its inquiry into scientific publishing. Announced in December, the stated...
The Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture
A major highlight of the NFAIS Annual Conference is the prestigious Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture, established in 1965 in memory of G. Miles Conrad, the organization's founder. According to the NFAIS Web site, the lecture "recognizes and honors those...
The Wages of Sin
Legal IssuesThe rise of digital platforms for information exchange has resulted in a concurrent rise in copyright consciousness. Peer-to-peer and the RIAA lawsuits have put copyright on the public radar screen like never before. Digital information is...
The Wages of Sin: Million-Dollar Damages
The rise of digital platforms for information exchange has resulted in a concurrent rise in copyright consciousness. Peer-to-peer and the RIAA lawsuits have put copyright on the public radar screen like never before. Digital information is much easier...
U 2 Can B a Content Creator
I've been poring over the results of a Pew Internet & American Life report released last month that attempted to measure the number of "content creators" on the Internet (http://www.pew internet.org/reports/pdfs/PIP_Content_Creation_Report.pdf)....
Working the Workshops
You've been there. You're packed into a conference room with 500 people and straining to see the PowerPoint slides on the huge screen at the front (there are no handouts). You're reluctant to break into the speaker's presentation with a raised hand,...