Searcher

A monthly professional magazine for professional searchers of databases. Covers a variety of issues of importance to information professionals, evaluates data content, and discusses delivery media. Includes articles on hot topics, present and future datab

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 7, September

21st-Century Lending Libraries: Books in a Cloud?
The emerging ebook industry is built on the well-established base of quality reading products that has existed since Gutenberg first turned books into a mass market opportunity with movable type. Book publishing is a mature industry producing quality...
Digital Vigilantes: Using the Web and Smartphones to Prevent and Solve Crime
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I was nearing the end of my workday when my neighbor sent me a text. "Why are there police cars in front of your house?" I had no idea. My son was at school and the house was empty. Uh-oh. It turns out that the police...
Multimedia, Multilingual Science from around the World: Science.gov & WorldWideScience.Org
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While Republicans and Democrats vilify each other in Washington, D.C., and a number of governors have declared war on public employees, a group of career employees at the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)...
Reference Services: Today and Tomorrow
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While there may still be some demand for one-on-one assistance at the reference desk, libraries expecting their services to remain relevant can no longer be perceived as "desk-centric." Today's patrons want reference service...
Saying Good-Bye to Technologies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I am in awe of "big picture" technical journalism. Tales of global paradigm shifts and pending new resource streams that will soon fill that vast void I never realized existed fascinate me. Highly skilled deep thinkers with...
Searcher's Voice: Have I Got a Deal for You?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We librarians wear lots of different hats. Sometimes those hats work as part of disguises designed to mask our activities to our clients. Of course, I need not add (though, of course, I will), the masking is all for the client's...
Searching for the Stars: Cosmic Views and Databases
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although I don't own a telescope, I've been fascinated by outer space, astronomy, and the prospect of life on other worlds ever since I was a Boy Scout in Hawaii and camped out under the stars far away from the Honolulu city...
SLA: Are We Future Ready Yet? for the 102nd Time, Specialized Librarians Gathered at an Annual Conference to Consider the State of the Profession, to Share Knowledge and Experience, and to Explore the Latest Products and Services the Information Industry Has to Offer. This Year 4,238 Attendees Traveled to Philadelphia. Tweeter @Julie_Jones Called It Summer Camp for Librarians
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Indeed the energy generated by face-to-face connections was palpable. At the same time, as members and association leadership grapple with the still-sputtering economy, declines in dues revenue, and shifting priorities within...