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Articles from Vol. 21, No. 10, November

Are Dissertations Next?
It seems that every month we witness a new wrinkle in the unfolding saga of where scholarly communication is heading. In September it was announced that Australia's federal government was going to fund an online directory to all of the research dissertations...
A Summer of Copyright Disputes
When I started this column, my biggest concern was whether I would find new legal issues to write about every month. So far, that has not proved a problem. I keep an ongoing file of articles, wire service reports, press releases, court cases, etc.,...
Debra Curtis, Managing Director of Snapshots International
There may appear to be little connection between managing an ecological farm in the rainforest and being chief executive of Snapshots International, Ltd., the market research publisher. While it may not be the most recognized career path to the upper...
Developments in Search, Digital Archives, and More
Maybe it's the cooler weather, the fourth quarter rush to impress investors, or the busy fall conference season (October saw WebSearch University, Internet Librarian International, and KMWorld; Internet Librarian is just around the corner, followed...
Donnelley Leverages OneSource Acquisition
The Donnelley Group of infoUSA comprises nine companies offering consumer and business information solutions for online and offline promotions, acquisition and retention marketing, and sales. Companies include Donnelley Marketing, Yesmail, Walter Karl,...
HighBeam Revives Online Classic
Nearly 10 years ago, I reviewed a new and wonderfully innovative online service. It had, for the time, a remarkable set of features: relevance searching, full text from several publication types, image databases, and a graphical interface. And what...
Is It All Free on the Internet?
Is It All Free on the Internet? The Web Library: Building a World Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources by Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo Information Today, Inc., 2004, ISBN: 0-910965-67-6 408 pages $29.95I have spent years telling people that they can't...
News from India and New Zealand
Digital Libraries in India The president of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, officially launched the portal of the Digital Library of India in a speech on Sept. 8. Initially, the portal held about 27,000 books in digitized form; however, in a speech...
No Gain without Pain
As we saw last month, the open access (OA) movement has become a major force in scholarly publishing, and in the wake of recent recommendations from British and U.S. political committees seems poised to change the entire landscape of STM publishing....
Oh, What a Wireless World
My grandfather took me up in his attic once to show me the gas lines running to the chandeliers. At the time the house was built, it seems they weren't so confident with this newfangled thing called electricity. So, they wired the fixtures for both...
On the Net, off the Net
The customer wanted a map--not an unreasonable request in virtually any library. We don't have a huge collection of maps in our library, just an odd assortment of atlases, street maps of the local counties, and a box of maps of uncertain vintages that...
People Line & the Executive Profile
The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) has announced the appointment of Margot J. Lyon as its director of business development.Most recently, Lyon was director of business development and marketing at Probe Group, LLC, where she was in charge...
Sold-Out InfoCommerce 2004
The sold-out InfoCommerce 2004 conference held in Philadelphia Sept. 26-28 attracted a diverse group of attendees seeking new ways to satisfy their customers ("the new power user") and to monetize their content with a wide variety of business models....
The Fall 2004 ASIDIC Meeting
The fall 2004 meeting of the Association of Information and Dissemination Centers (ASIDIC) convened in Phoenix recently to examine the issues surrounding open access (OA) publishing. Many questions were raised and many strong views expressed, but few...
The Global Net: Part II
This is Part II of a two-part series on international resources on the Net. Part I covered Internet demographic trends and resources that help you participate in the increasingly global Internet. Part II explores intercultural dialogue and citizen diplomacy,...
The Global Net: Part II: The Internet Is Certainly Bringing the World to Our Fingertips, but to What Extent Do All Those Whom It Unites Really Understand One Another?
This is Part II of a two-part series on international resources on the Net. Part I covered Internet demographic trends and resources that help you participate in the increasingly global Internet. Part II explores intercultural dialogue and citizen...
The New Face of Leverage
Times have changed, in case you hadn't heard. In the past, the major leverage that content providers had over information professionals lay in their ability to turn data off. Buy from us or go without! Pay our prices or heads will roll! Now information...
Through the Blogosphere
"Is blogging merely a form of exhibitionism or a compelling new form of journalism?" asked Wallys W. Conhaim in the May/ June 2002 edition of Link-Up (http://www.infotoday.com/lu/ may02/conhaim.htm). "There is evidence to conclude that it is probably...
Transitions
Change is in the air, along with falling leaves and autumn allergens. No matter what results the presidential election brings--and, hopefully, by the time you're reading this we'll know if new residents are moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in January...
What Can Go Wrong
Long before Pete Rose was even a glimmer in some bookie's eye, baseball had its share of gambling scandals.Players famous (Ty Cobb), nearly famous (Ross Youngs), and merely infamous (Hal Chase) were at one time or another mentioned in incidents of garne...
What Can Go Wrong: CyberSports
Long before Pete Rose was even a glimmer in some bookie's eye, baseball had its share of gambling scandals. Players famous (Ty Cobb), nearly famous (Ross Youngs), and merely infamous (Hal Chase) were at one time or another mentioned in incidents...
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