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Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, February

A Convergence of TV and Computers?
There are those among us who were hoping computer technology was going to deliver us from the evils of television--not bring us more of it. "You watch television to turn your brain off," said Apple Computer and Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs. "You...
A Global Tragedy
I write this column as the new year dawns. Although normally a time for reflecting on the past year and making resolutions for the next, this new year, like no other, is dominated by one catastrophic event: the devastation around the coast of the Indian...
All Google, All the Time
google: (gu gol), v.: To use the Google (http://www.google.com) search engine to locate Internet information on just about anything, e.g., "The anxious dad googled his daughter's blind date. Boy was he surprised!" Actually, googling "Google" at...
Aslib Dies, and Is Reborn
Within weeks of going into voluntary liquidation, Aslib, the London-based LIS association offering recruitment, training, and information services, has been reborn as a private company called Global Information Management Services Limited. Created...
Cambridge University Press Chooses Gale's Virtual Reference Library
Thomson Gale, part of The Thomson Corp., and Cambridge University Press, one of the largest academic and educational publishers in the world, have joined forces to publish some reference titles electronically on Gale's Virtual Reference Library. ...
Cambridge University Press Chooses Gale's Virtual Reference Library
Thomson Gale, part of The Thomson Corp., and Cambridge University Press, one of the largest academic and educational publishers in the world, have joined forces to publish some reference titles electronically on Gale's Virtual Reference Library."With...
Conference Calendar
February21-25: Mumbai, India (Grand Hyatt Mumbai). The Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres is hosting the International Conference on Information Management in a Knowledge Society. This conference seeks to juxtapose knowledge...
EBSCO Packs More Databases into EBSCOhost Platform
EBSCO announced that it has added several new databases to its EBSCOhost platform, covering a wide range of indexes, guides, and scholarly content to meet the needs of its audience. Among the newcomers to the platform: access to a suite of databases...
EBSCO Packs More Databases into EBSCOhost Platform
EBSCO announced that it has added several new databases to its EBSCOhost platform, covering a wide range of indexes, guides, and scholarly content to meet the needs of its audience. Among the newcomers to the platform: access to a suite of databases...
Hot Topics
You saw it here first. In September 2005, the curtain goes up on five new Information Today, Inc. events designed for information professionals, knowledge managers, and IT professionals. Each one addresses a new niche and is a highly intensive, 2-day...
How to Respond to Flames (without Getting Singed)
If you've spent any amount of time in online discussion groups, you probably know that their single most-defining characteristic is the prevalence of angry, epithet-strewn arguments called "flame wars." The level of online hostility, with "flames"...
Library E-Books Trump Google's Grand Plan
On Dec. 14, 2004, e-books hit the very apex of the news cycle as stories concerning them ran in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and on the front page of The New York Times. And what was this earth-shaking news? Google's announcement that...
Lost in Translation
CyberSportsThe latest joke from your Field Correspondent's extended family:What do you call someone who can speak three languages?Trilingual.What do you call someone who can speak two languages?Bilingual.What do you call someone who can speak only one...
Lost in Translation: CyberSports
The latest joke from your Field Correspondent's extended family: What do you call someone who can speak three languages? Trilingual. What do you call someone who can speak two languages? Bilingual. What do you call someone who can speak...
Making a Clean Sweep (Almost)
My family goes through computers like some households go through cars. Everyone around here has at least one, and everyone gets a new one every few years. Unlike cars, though, we never traded our computers in when we bought new ones. We just piled...
One Step Ahead of the Law
One Step Ahead of the Law Introduction to Online Legal, Regulatory, & Intellectual Property Research edited by Genie Tyburski Mason, Ohio: South-Western, 2004 ISBN: 0-324-20315-2 391 pages $49.95Legal research is one of the most intimidating areas...
One World
As much as the Internet has helped connect more people, more cultures, more languages, and more ideas through shared information and interaction, there is still much discord in our world. But, as is often the case when a single, devastating, cataclysmic...
People Line & the Executive Profile
Information Handling Services, Inc. (IHS) announced that Jeffrey R. Tarr has been named president and COO of the Engineering division of IHS Group. Most recently, Tarr was chairman and CEO of Hoover's, where he led its sale to D&B in 2003. Before...
The Day the World Changed: Google Takes Command
Well, that was quick. Last month, this column discussed the resurrection of electronic books, including an offer Google made to the world's publishers to digitize their backlists. Since then, the Google Print program has expanded massively by partnering...
The Latest on Search, M&A, OA, and More
Since the fateful events of Dec. 26, 2004, we've opened our hearts and wallets to the victims of the Asian tsunami that took countless lives, destroyed entire coastlines and communities, and impacted country and world economies. The tsunami spawned...
Thomson West Is on an Integration Mission
When interviewed in mid-December 2004, Michael E. Wilens was president and CEO of Thomson West. On Jan. 1, 2005, he was promoted to president and CEO of North American Legal, reporting to Brian H. Hall, president and CEO of Thomson Legal & Regulatory,...
Too Much Information
I'm not exactly sure how the subject came up, but in the middle of college football bowl season, one of my customers was talking about the advertising during television sporting events. She pointed out the large number of commercials touting prescription...
Treasury-Publisher Saga Continues
On Dec. 16, 2004, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued its final ruling regarding publishing activities with people in sanctioned countries (now identified as Cuba, Iran, and Sudan). This ruling follows...
Tug of War
After 20 years of campaigning by activists, the U.K. has finally got its own Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)--nearly 40 years after similar legislation was passed in the U.S. The new U.K. law means that 59 countries have now introduced FOI legislation...
What's New on Staff
During this issue, longtime Information Today editor in chief John Eichorn turned the publishing reins over to me. I know I speak on behalf of everyone on the ITI staff and in the ITI audience in thanking John for a job well done and wishing him well...