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Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, January

2006: The State of the Industry
The 2005 calendars have been tucked away, we've toasted the arrival of the new year with some bubbly, and our new calendars are turned to the first page of 2006. Now's the time to sit back and briefly ponder about the state of the industry before the...
2006: The State of the Industry
The 2005 calendars have been tucked away, we've toasted the arrival of the new year with some bubbly, and our new calendars are turned to the first page of 2006. Now's the time to sit back and briefly ponder about the state of the industry before the...
Anchors Away
Yes, another year has dropped anchor. But 2006 brings with it the same problems as 2005. Security concerns, funding worries, and ethics questions seem to cut across all aspects of our lives. So, it is appropriate that Computers in Libraries, ONLINE,...
A Perspective on Google Book Search
Viewpoint: Google Offers Its SideGoogle's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. We started by making it possible to search information that's available on the Internet. But the real challenge is...
A Perspective on Google Book Search: Viewpoint: Google Offers Its Side
Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. We started by making it possible to search information that's available on the Internet. But the real challenge is that most of the world's information...
Call Me Unreachable
Is this the fifth or sixth year of the new century? Argue among yourselves and come to your own conclusions, but leave me out of it. I've resolved to be more laid back this year. Suffice it to say, I'm sure if Father Time were Google, he'd put five...
Christopher M. Forbes CEO, Knovel Corp
CEO Christopher Forbes has watched Knovel Corp. grow steadily since its launch in 1999. But Forbes is far from a CEO who sits back on the sidelines. He's the first to offer stats on the company, which now reaches into 40 countries around the world....
Conference Calendar
January20-25: San Antonio (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center). The American Library Association is hosting its 2006 Midwinter Meeting. For more information about the conference, check ALA's Web site.Contact: American Library Association, 50 E. Huron...
CryptoMetrics: Security at Your Fingertips
Tired of trying to remember separate passwords for your laptop, desktop, and PDA? If so, the answer to your security problems could be at the tips of your fingers--literally. Many companies and individuals have welcomed the security that biometric...
Fostering a Spirit of Collaboration
Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work edited by William Miller and Rita M. Pellen New York: Haworth Information Press, 2005 Published simultaneously as Resource Sharing & Information Networks, Volume 18, Numbers 1 and 2, 2005/2006...
Get Organized
The world annually produces more than 800 megabytes of recorded information per person--the equivalent of about 30 feet of books if all that data was stored on paper. And according to a study done at the University of California--Berkeley (http://www.sims.berkeley...
Global Reach of Anti-Terrorism Laws
While the 9/11 attacks were targeted toward the U.S., the global impact of the catastrophe was unsurpassed by any event in recent history. With armed conflicts on the other side of the world, the process of detaining foreign nationals at the U.S. Naval...
Google Base Mayhem
Last month Google quietly opened Google Base (or, as Google describes it, the service that will "help the world find your content") in beta--and the publishing community gasped (free advertising!). The problem with starting up a database that is...
It's All a Big Gamble
CyberSportsRemember the good old days when being a sports fanatic meant showing up early for every game, wearing your school/team colors, and maybe painting your face with a hard-to-remove, booster-ish design?Man, you're old.Fans today buy indigestible...
It's All a Big Gamble: CyberSports
Remember the good old days when being a sports fanatic meant showing up early for every game, wearing your school/ team colors, and maybe painting your face with a hard-to-remove, booster-ish design? Man, you're old. Fans today buy indigestible...
Letters to the Editor
It was gratifying to read that ALA's Sheketoff (George H. Pike's "The USA PATRIOT Act and Libraries: A Sensitive Relationship" in the November 2005 issue) said that libraries should not be safe havens for terrorists. Finally a sane voice is being heard...
Looking into the Google Legacy
Is Google the next Icarus or the next Microsoft? Will the 7-year-old, highflying darling of Mountain View, Calif., fall down to earth when the hot rays of competitive reality melt its wax wings? Or, will it be the heir to the worldwide dominance wielded...
Observations from Online Information 2005
As Online Information 2005 in London (Nov. 27-Dec. 1) came to a close, the industry buzz continued. Here are a few edited insights excerpted from Information Today, Inc.'s blog coverage from Nancy Garman and Don Hawkins, who watched the conference...
Observations from Online Information 2005
As Online Information 2005 in London (Nov. 27-Dec. 1) came to a close, the industry buzz continued. Here are a few edited insights excerpted from Information Today, Inc.'s blog coverage from Nancy Garman and Don Hawkins, who watched the conference from...
Ovid Lingua: Delivering Content in Multiple Languages
Ovid Technologies, a provider of electronic medical, scientific, and academic information research solutions, announced the launch of Ovid Lingua, its new multilanguage content platform. According to the company, the plat form helps publishers provide...
Pan-European Cooperation
The many and varied institutions of Europe can present a confusing and seemingly unending array of unions, councils, commissions, committees, and parliaments. The 25-state European Union may be the best-known governmental entity, but the oldest and...
People Line & the Executive Profile
NFAIS has announced that R. Paul Ryan is the new administrator of the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). He has been acting administrator since November 2004.Previously, Ryan was deputy administrator responsible for daily operations, budget,...
Retracing Steps in Time
Waiting for an appointment or queuing up can be a taxing experience. But imagine a system that can track waiting time in a hospital emergency room or key military training operations to provide more efficient service. Less than a year after the...
Retracing Steps in Time
Waiting for an appointment or queuing up can be a taxing experience. But imagine a system that can track waiting time in a hospital emergency room or key military training operations to provide more efficient service.Less than a year after the FCC approved...
Searching the Full Text of Books
To do research over the Internet, books remain one of the last great frontiers that are still largely unexplored. Suppose you're looking for background information to help with a business presentation. For some time now, you've been able to search...
Semiprivate Virtual Libraries: A Coming Thing?
If you live long enough, you'll see a lot of things that you thought could never happen actually happen. If you live long enough, you might even learn to stop shooting your mouth off about what could never happen (unless, of course, you live so long...
Shivering through January
As I write this on an unseasonably warm November day, it hardly seems possible that we'll soon be in the depths of winter and struggling to keep warm. But look on the bright side: Some of the January conferences are in warmer locales, so you can soak...
SSRN Defies Publishing Status Quo
Scholarly journal publishing is full of mysteries. So here are a few questions to ponder: Why do scholarly journal prices keep increasing so rapidly if, unlike any other forms of commercial publishing, they do not pay their authors and have few or...
Survey: Government Struggles with Data Breaches
As lawmakers attempt to strengthen information security provisions for companies that collect consumer information, the government is struggling with data protection itself, according to a new survey from San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco Systems, Inc....
The Digital Divide and Me
I must say that RSS fills me with joy. I was less than enthusiastic about it when it first bubbled up from that ever-steaming cauldron from whence our new technologies emerge. It just seemed like way too much trouble to download, install, and configure...
The Latest on Libraries, Search Engines, and More
In a surprising display of interest in cultural preservation, libraries, archives, and other "memory institutions" have gained the attention and support of some corporate giants. It's good to see national libraries in the news, particularly the Library...
What's Next: Protecting Data
The ChoicePoint data breach, lost data tapes from a few different companies, more phishing, and increases in the reports of actual and attempted identity theft in 2005 prompted movement in technologies, corporate policies, and legislation to better...
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