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Articles from Vol. 23, No. 9, October

2006 People's Choice Awards
TOP NEW INNOVATOR (INDIVIDUAL) Winner: Tim O'Reilly Profile Basics: Tim O'Reilly, who holds a B.A. in classics from Harvard College, is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., which is considered by many as the best computer book publisher...
2006 People's Choice Awards
TOP NEW INNOVATOR (individual)Winner: Tim O'ReillyProfile Basics: Tim O'Reilly, who holds a B.A. in classics from Harvard College, is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., which is considered by many as the best computer book publisher in the...
A Question of Outsourcing
When offices were overloaded with work during the dot-com boom, outsourcing came to the rescue with a seemingly surefire way to get jobs done faster and more efficiently. But for some companies, what worked in theory didn't always work in reality....
A Question of Outsourcing
When offices were overloaded with work during the dot-com boom, outsourcing came to the rescue with a seemingly surefire way to get jobs done faster and more efficiently. But for some companies, what worked in theory didn't always work in reality.Outsourcing...
Backing the Brand
When a friend of mine called and asked if I could help her get copies of a series of articles that appeared in The New Yorker magazine last year, the hot blood of the reference librarian started to sing in my veins. Tally-ho! The first rule of reference...
Can You See the Real Me?
Most of my ideas for blog posts come from the RSS feeds I read in my aggregator every day. In fact, new content from more than 700 feeds is now parsed and sent to my private, customized online newspaper every 2 hours. While I always have a shortage...
Conference at Glance
Preconference Workshops 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. W1: Service Strategy: How to Get the Right "Mix" of Services W2: Simple Solutions for Dynamic Web Services Using RSS W3: Getting Library Grants W4: Technology Solutions Planning W5: AJAX...
Conference Calendar
October 16-17: London (Copthorne Tara Hotel). Information Today, Inc. will hold its Internet Librarian International 2006 conference, providing a forum for delegates and speakers to explore the issues and challenges that information professionals...
Conference Calendar
October16-17: London (Copthorne Tara Hotel). Information Today, Inc. will hold its Internet Librarian International 2006 conference, providing a forum for delegates and speakers to explore the issues and challenges that information professionals face...
Conferences and More Conferences
October and November are always busy conference months for the information industry, but there seem to be even more offerings this year than usual. Here are just a few of the fall highlights. Books The world's largest book fair takes place Oct....
E-Books, Wikis, and Search Top the News
I've been bombarded by e-book-related news lately. Maybe I'm just more conscious of it because I recently tested a dedicated e-book reader from Sony (it's due to be released this fall). As my two college-age sons get ready for the fall semester, I'm...
EPS: Outsell's Newest Addition
Now that the buzz over Outsell, Inc.'s acquisition of Electronic Publishing Services, Ltd. (EPS) of London is beginning to quell, the information industry can't help but view the deal as a win-win situation. Officials on both sides of the transaction...
Etymology Sites Attract Word Lovers
Can love of language lead to a love of a lifetime? Melanie Crowley, a Dallas native, has two loves: the weather and words. In fact, her fascination with the capricious Texas climate led her to pursue a degree in meteorology from the University of...
Factiva Reaches No. 1 Market Position
Factiva recently announced that it has reached the No. I market position in the Current Awareness News and Research Online industry. Since it was founded in 1999, Factiva has continued to produce a new wave of products and services that cater to business...
Factiva Reaches No. 1 Market Position
Factiva recently announced that it has reached the No. 1 market position in the Current Awareness News and Research Online industry. Since it was founded in 1999, Factiva has continued to produce a new wave of products and services that cater to business...
Fall 2006 ASIDIC: The Future Is Here
Although we spend a considerable amount of time thinking about the information industry's future, the Fall 2006 ASIDIC meeting held Sept. 11-12 in Newport Beach, Calif., made it clear that many trends that we thought were coming in the future have...
Ground Surveys: Past and Present
In 1085, William the Conqueror, the first Norman king of England, ordered a complete survey of his realm. The survey included people, land, estates, and any valuable resources such as woodlands, pasture, or livestock, as well as all the details of...
How Do You Spell Relief?
Having done extensive research earlier this year on the science of sabermetrics (the statistical analysis of baseball), your Field Correspondent was duly stunned by a recent news release about the Rolaids Relief Man Award. The award, which has been...
IBISWorld: A Pioneer in Business Data
This summer, when Justin Ruthven moved from Melbourne, Australia, to Santa Monica, Calif., he officially staked his claim to a piece of prime American turf as the president and managing director of IBISWorld. IBISWorld, underscored with the phrase...
IBISWorld: A Pioneer in Business Data
This summer, when Justin Ruthven moved from Melbourne, Australia, to Santa Monica, Calif., he officially staked his claim to a piece of prime American turf as the president and managing director of IBISWorld.IBISWorld, underscored with the phrase "where...
IFLA: Spotlight on the Opening
Hosted by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the 72nd World Library and Information Congress took place in Seoul, South Korea, in mid-August. The impressive opening ceremonies at this major league information...
In Memoriam: Wilhelm 'Bill' Bartenbach
The information industry mourns the loss of pioneer Wilhelm "Bill" Bartenbach, who died in late August. Mr. Bartenbach was world-renowned for his longtime contributions to the information and publishing worlds, where he made his mark in bibliographic...
In Memoriam: Wilhelm 'Bill' Bartenbach
The information industry mourns the loss of pioneer Wilhelm "Bill" Bartenbach, who died in late August.Mr. Bartenbach was world-renowned for his longtime contributions to the information and publishing worlds, where he made his mark in bibliographic...
In Search Of
Even before autumn officially arrived on Sept. 23, I could feel it in the air. The slightly cooler breeze taunted me that summer would be ending soon. While I longed for one more afternoon to spend basking in the sun and expending just enough energy...
INTERVIEW with Bernard Hibbitts: JURIST: Legal History in Action
For University of Pittsburgh law professor Bernard Hibbitts, "The fun never stops!" Hibbitts is not only a law professor, he's also the founder, editor, and publisher of JURIST: Legal News and Research (http:// jurist.law.pitt.edu), which recently won...
In Transition: Librarians Search for Answers to Resource Preferences
In Transition: Librarians Search for Answers to Resource Preferences The Reference Collection: From the Shelf to the Web edited by William J. Frost Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth Information Press Also published as The Reference Librarian, Nos. 91/92 (2005)...
Iris Hanney, CEO, Unlimited Priorities
After 30 years in the corporate workplace, Iris Hanney was up for a new challenge. "There is a very definite division between the large conglomerates [and] ... small to mid-size business[es], which really capture[s] all of our entrepreneurial spirit...
JURIST: Legal History in Action
For University of Pittsburgh law professor Bernard Hibbitts, "The fun never stops!" Hibbitts is not only a law professor, he's also the founder, editor, and publisher of JURIST: Legal News and Research (http://jurist.law.pitt.edu), which recently won...
Just the Facts, Man
Maybe I'm overreacting, but when I heard this summer that Pluto was no longer regarded as our ninth planet, I started thinking. There are all kinds of estimates about the speed at which our collective information doubles and doubles ... and doubles....
KickApps Edges into the Social Networking Scene
Until recently, MySpace was the only social networking site available for widespread use. According to PC Magazine, MySpace holds 76.3 percent of the social networking market share, dwarfing runner-up Facebook, which holds only 8.3 percent. MySpace...
Microsoft Paints Bull's-Eye on Vista
Imagine this: General Dynamics Corp. builds a prototype main battle tank, delivers it to the Marines, and says, "See if you can blow it apart." Microsoft Corp. is doing exactly that with its newest Windows-based operating system known as Vista....
Mobile Security for Those On-the-Go
While employees and executives may be able to access more data outside of the corporate offices with mobile information services, such freedom also comes with a price: security issues. "Companies are using mobile tracking systems," said Ryan Crum,...
News Makers
Pssst!Read This BookThe American Library Association (ALA) has recorded hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to ban books from classrooms and to remove them from library shelves. ALAsponsored Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read...
Newspapers in Transition, Part 2: Envisioning the Future of Newspapers
The advent of the Internet has been revolutionary for newspapers, but so far, the industry is still searching for viable digital-publishing models. In Part 1 (July/August, IT) of this two-part series, we examined why newspapers have been migrating...
New Titles for the Information Professional
The Visible Employee: Using Workplace Monitoring and Surveillance to Protect Information Assets-Without Compromising Employee Privacy or TrustBy Jeffrey M. Stanton and Kathryn R. StamIf you think the information stored, used, and shared across your company's...
People Line & the Executive Profile
H.W. Wilson announced that Ronald Miller has been elected a director on the Beta Phi Mu national executive board. He is also president of the New York Theta chapter. Established in 1948, Beta Phi Mu is an international librarians' honor society that...
Perfect 10 versus Google: Thumbnails and Cell Phones
Since the information industry has focused on copyright issues associated with Google's Book Search program, several lawsuits against Google filed by publishers and authors are still pending. These lawsuits allege that Google Book Search infringes...
ReCellular Gives Old Cell Phones New Life
What really happens to an old cell phone when it is traded in for a newer model? Just ask the staff at ReCellular, Inc. ReCellular is the largest dealer of used cellular phones in the U.S., processing more than 250,000 used wireless handsets each month....
Scholarly Publishing: A Collaborative Effort
How many times have we heard that the world of publishing is changing? Nowhere is that more evident than in scholarly publishing. Researchers who are working independently in an academic setting traditionally produce these journals and monographs....
Search Engine Strategies Returns to San Jose
The Search Engine Strategies (SES) 2006 Conference & Expo returned to San Jose for its fifth annual Silicon Valley appearance. The conference, which bills itself as "The Premier Event for Search Engine Marketing & Optimization," attracted a...
Technology Menopause
criminal menopause (n.) The stage in life during which an older, habitual criminal loses interest in crime, or when an older prisoner no longer poses any threat to society. --Word Spy (http://www.wordspy.com/words/criminalmenopause.asp) I'm not...
Ten Things You Don't Know about MySpace
More than 20 years ago--when CompuServe was the biggest online service and before the dawning of the World Wide Web--I predicted that communication would become the primary online activity. My prediction was right, but I never imagined that it would...
The Heart and Seoul of IFLA
In mid-August, more than 4,000 librarians from around the world arrived in Seoul, South Korea. The occasion was the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) World Library and Information Congress, which was returning...
The Transitional OA Paradigm
Any newcomer to the world of scholarly publishing is justified in feeling a bit baffled. In fact, open access (OA) has many people (old-timers in the industry, newcomers, and even folks on the sidelines) feeling overwhelmed by all the esoteric terminology;...