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. 10, No. 4, April

Academic Entrepreneurship: The HBS Library Takes a Lesson from the School It Serves. (Leading Libraries)
In 1998, Tom Michalak, executive director of the Baker Library at the Harvard Business School (HBS), received a call from an HBS alumni inquiring as to whether online access to the school's very extensive resources was available to help him on a management...
Books in the Web Library
How much time do you calculate people spend reading? Well, how many books do you read each year? How many books could or would you read if you had no financial or temporal constraints and could devote as much time as you desired to your avocation?...
Liars, Inc. (Searcher's Voice)
The other day I got a call from some liars. No, not the usual liars, not telemarketers. Actually, those liars still call all too regularly, but my sales resistance must be wearing them down, because now they've gotten computers to conduct the "conversations."...
Library Outsourcing: A New Look. (the Sidebar)
The feds started it in the '80s with privatization. In the mid-and late-'90s a number of private organizations began to outsource their library staff functions (1). Most are still using their outsourcing agencies. What happened? Why? Is outsourcing...
Mapping the Information Landscape
My first rule of information, as noted in a previous article ["My Rules of Information," Searcher, January 2002], is, "Go where it is." The reason librarians can do this stems from the mental maps we create of where information is to be found. Note...
The Cutting-Edge Information Professional: Interview with Peter Scott. (Webmastery)
By the time you've finished reading this interview with Peter Scott, you'll have had to ask yourself, "When does he sleep?" Peter is a true Internet pioneer and, apparently, has not slept for a long time. If you were around in the pre-Web days of...
Thinking about Reference Linking
The very nature of scholarly research has fundamentally changed with the increased availability of reference or citation linking. With the ubiquity of the Web, it seems natural to users and information professionals alike that they be able to link...
"Un-Same" Data: Using Analysts Reports for Hard-to-Find Public Company Data. (Web Wise Ways)
Authors Note: Northern Light recently sold its assets to divine, which has partnered with Yahoo! to open access to premium content. [See Newsbreaks, http://www.infotoday.com/news breaks/nb020128-1.htm for details.] The Northern Light Special Collection...
We Are Not Alone: Spain and Spyware. (Tools of the Trade)
Everybody loves me, yes they do. The World Wide Web tells me so. This icing on the Internet cake is constantly attempting to help me find my niche and improve my life. The techniques my new best friends employmay seem just a little pushy, but how can...
Working Virtually
The September 11th tragedy left some employers across the country facing more and more employees who wanted to work out of the office. Companies in the metropolitan New York area were forced to send employees home or to other sites to continue operations....