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. 9, No. 7, July

Books in Print Wrestles with Amazon
I'm thinking back to when I started in this biz, way back in 1986. I was trying to be an actress then, and, to support myself, I took a research editor job at Salem Press in Pasadena. My assignment? To take manuscripts to the library and verify the...
Building Information Communities with a SCOUG Workshop
"Building Information Communities: SCOUG Looks at the Tools and Strategies Librarians Are Using to Develop Information Infrastructures for the Organizations They Serve": This was the theme of the Southern California Online Users Group (SCOUG) Spring...
Deconstructing Questia: The Usability of a Subscription Digital Library
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, watching television can be educational. The other evening I viewed a commercial that proved quite provocative, at least from a librarian's perspective. The ad consisted of quick cuts from one computer monitor to...
Northern Light's SinglePoint: Building Enterprise Information Portals
Corporations tend to be mighty curious critters. Much of what companies want to know revolves around the company and its competitors. What trends move market share? What new products are competitors devising? What disruptive technologies loom on the...
Portals to the Future of Legal Information
Time was, having a Web page was a pretty heady experience for a company. Then everyone had one and only extraordinary content and/or a killer search engine could distinguish your page from the pack. Then we entered the age of the portal. Here, new...
The Law of the Web: Follow Genie Tyburski
When Web workers discuss sharing useful Web resources with the online community, Genie Tyburski's name comes up again and again. What does Genie share with us? First, she compiles the incredibly useful and constantly updated The Virtual Chase [http://www.virtualchase.com],...
The Rise and Fall of Your Once Favorite Internet Service
The economy is slowing down, some say heading towards a recession, and this has begun affecting even promising online services. But the decline in online services has been underway for a while, as some services failed to move from the concept stage...
Time for Wisdom
The other day I was chatting with a colleague about that most optimistic of acronyms -- DIKW. In the best of all possible worlds, D (Data) would smoothly flow into I (Information), which would in turn glide into K (Knowledge), which would finally emerge...