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Articles from Vol. 20, No. 5, May

Answering the Unanswerable at CIL
As librarians and information specialists, we are relentless. Even if a question seems impossible to answer, it goes against our nature to simply shrug our shoulders and say, "I just can't find anything." So of course, the Computers in Libraries session...
Armchair Travel
Perspectives Ever since I was 6 years old, when my parents gave me a View-Master and starter set of 3-D reels, I've been an avid armchair traveler. The images I most enjoyed as a child were the Alps and mountain villages of Switzerland, and these were...
Armchair Travel. (Perspectives)
Ever since I was 6 years old, when my parents gave me a View-Master and starter set of 3-D reels, I've been an avid armchair traveler. The images I most enjoyed as a child were the Alps and mountain villages of Switzerland, and these were the ones...
ASIDIC Attendees Hit the Jackpot in Vegas
Las Vegas is known for its casinos and entertainment attractions. So when ASIDIC held its Spring 2003 Meeting there March 30--April 1, you might wonder whether the location would distract attendees from the event's program. Fortunately, this did not...
Computers in Libraries 2003
It's always interesting to see how the "hot technologies" change from year to year at Information Today, Inc.'s annual Computers in Libraries conference. This year's event was held March 12-14 in Washington, D.C. Sessions on various aspects of XML,...
Conference Calendar
May 5-8: London (Hilton London Metropole). IDEAlliance is sponsoring the XML Europe Conference & Exposition 2003, the theme of which is "Powering the Information Society." According to the announcement, the event is the premier European forum...
Conference Circuit: On the Road
Internet Librarian 2003 Internet Librarian is returning to the Monterey (Calif.) Conference Center from Nov. 3-5. Monterey is a well-liked location, and after 2 years in southern California, the event's attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and staff...
Divine Dealings
And what about the fate of RoweCom's parent, divine, Inc., which itself declared bankruptcy in late February? As this issue went to press, a number of potential buyers-for all or parts of divine-were still hovering around the beleaguered company. The...
Enclosing the Digital Commons
There's growing concern that aggressive use of intellectual property is threatening the development of the Internet. Many are drawing parallels to the "enclosures" in pre-industrial Europe. Through this system, commonly held or unoccupied land was taken...
Enclosing the Digital Commons. (Investigative Report)
There's growing concern that aggressive use of intellectual property is threatening the development of the Internet. Many are drawing parallels to the "enclosures" in pre-industrial Europe. Through .this system, commonly held or unoccupied land was...
FIZ Karlsruhe Launches New Patent Database
FIZ Karlsruhe announced the addition of PATDPAFULL to the STN International service. This new resource is a full-text patent database that provides German-language access to German patent and utility documents in all technologies. Jointly produced by...
Ili 2003
Birmingham, England's sprawling National Exhibition Centre (NEC) was the site of the fifth Internet Librarian International (ILI) meeting, held March 25-27. This was the first ILI event at this venue and the first to be co-located with the new Total...
Information Brokers and Cyberstalking
Legal Issues Independent business owners have long fought the stigma of being referred to as "information brokers." For many of us, the term "broker" conjures up a sickening feeling. In part, I blame the media, which makes no distinction between "legitimate"...
Information Brokers and Cyberstalking. (Legal Issues)
Independent business owners have long fought the stigma of being referred to as "information brokers." For many of us, the term "broker" conjures up a sickening feeling. In part, I blame the media, which makes no distinction between "legitimate" intermediaries...
In Other Words
It's May. Or as Queen Guenevere refers to it in the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot, "the lusty month of May, that lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray." You needn't be sitting at a round table-or any kind of table, for that matter-to read...
In Other Words. (Cover Notes)
It's May. Or as Queen Guenevere refers to it in the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot, "the lusty month of May, that lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray." You needn't be sitting at a round table--or any kind of table, for that matter--to...
International Report
World Summit The upcoming World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has been mentioned in two recent Information Today reports: "Online Information's Wrap-Up Session" (February 2003, p.40) and "Open Access and the Public Domain" (see page 27...
Is It Age or Is It Attitude?
Internet Waves The music is not too loud. You're too old.-Bumper sticker on a "boom" car I'm an experienced information professional. I've been around awhile, and I guess I can no longer be considered fresh and, uh, Dewey. But I'm by no means over the...
Is It Age or Is It Attitude? (Internet Waves)
The music is not too loud. You're too old.--Bumper sticker on a "boom" car I'm an experienced information professional. I've been around awhile, and I guess I can no longer be considered fresh and, the, Dewey. But I'm by no means over the hill--yet....
Letters to the Editor
A View from the Inside I just read [Richard Poynder's March 2003 article, "An Ugly Situation"] about divine and your interview with Ken Kinsella, divine bagman and company apologist. I worked as a sales representative for divine. I started when we were...
netLibrary Rolls out an Online Reference Collection. (Database Review)
Over the past few years, I've regularly reviewed e-book collections, including netLibrary, Bartleby.com, Books 24x7 .com, ibooks.com, ITKnowledge, Questia, Oxford Reference Online, xreferplus, and Safari Tech Books. I've given them much attention because...
netLibrary Rolls out Online Reference Collection
Database Review Over the past few years, I've regularly reviewed e-book collections, including netLibrary, Bartleby.com, Books 24x7.com, ibooks.com, ITKnowledge, Questia, Oxford Reference Online, xreferplus, and Safari Tech Books. I've given them much...
Net Rises to the Occasion
In their new book Social Consequences of Internet Use, scholars James Katz and Ronald Rice call the Internet "Syntopia," literally meaning "together place." The book challenges both those who think of the Internet as Utopia, an egalitarian paradise,...
News on Web Resources, divine/RoweCom, More. (News Break Update)
The war in Iraq and the health crisis spawned by the SARS virus dominated the news over the last month or so. Information industry news seemed a bit subdued in comparison, yet there were still a number of important developments. The War in Iraq...
New Titles for the Information Professional
Building & Running a Successful Research Business: A Guide for the Independent Information Professional By Mary Ellen Bates Edited by Reva Basch This is the handbook every aspiring independent information professional needs to launch,...
Online Almanacs
Why turn to a quirky online publication like an almanac? There are two kinds of almanacs, according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. It defines the traditional type as "a publication containing astronomical and meteorological data for a given...
Online Almanacs: Why Turn to a Quirky Online Publication like an Almanac?
There are two kinds of almanacs, according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. It defines the traditional type as "a publication containing astronomical and meteorological data for a given year and often including a miscellany of other information."...
Open Access and the Public Domain
There has recently been a flurry of conferences that address new models for the dissemination of scientific research-particularly those that involve open access. Participants appear to be either entrenched with those who wish to preserve the status...
Streaming Video Comes of Age
Streaming video has always had to battle its way upstream to make any significant inroads into Web space. Like all streaming media, it's had two things flowing against it. First, there were the computers themselves, many of which were ill-equipped to...
Streaming Video Comes of Age. (Focus on Publishing)
Streaming video has always had to battle its way upstream to make any significant inroads into Web space. Like all streaming media, it's had two things flowing against it. First, there were the computers themselves, many of which were ill-equipped...
'Un-Insulate' Yourself and Work Together
Teamwork and Collaboration in Libraries: Tools for Theory and Practice edited by Marc B. Silverman Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth Information Press, 2002 ISBN: 0-7890-1402-5 140 pages $24.95 Libraries have a history of collaboration. As information professionals,...
Visualizing Online Information
Tim Bray has had a 20-year career in the software industry. He is recognized as an expert in Web architecture, information retrieval, and software optimization. After managing the New Oxford English Dictionary project at Canada's University of Waterloo,...
Wild about Harry
CyberSports Despite what Johnny Mathis crooned, Christmas is not "the most wonderful time of the year." No, around these parts, the most wonderful time of the year begins around the first of April and lasts into October, when grown men in funny suits...
Wild about Harry. (CyberSports)
Despite what Johnny Mathis crooned, Christmas is not "the most wonderful time of the year." No, around these parts, the most wonderful time of the year begins around the first of April and lasts into October, when grown men in funny suits play a...
Working the Clock
n the March issue (p. 7), I warned vendors that for their success and/or survival they must design services to save end users time. Or at the very least, they should never waste it. At the end of that article, I promised to come up with some suggestions...
Working the Clock. (Up Front)
In the March issue (p. 7), I warned vendors that for their success and/or survival they must design services to save end users time. Or at the very least, they should never waste it. At the end of that article, I promised to come up with some suggestions...
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