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Articles from Vol. 25, No. 8, September

ALA '08: The Future of Libraries
I f the program at the ALA Annual Conference is a barometer of the condition of the library community, this year's reading was neither fair nor stormy, but rather it implied a great deal of uncertainty. Not only was the total number of attendees...
Ancient Greece-It Lives on and On
Yes, we know you have an Olympic hangover after 3,000 hours of coverage from the assorted networks of NBC.But here's just one more suggestion, and this one has nothing to do with swimming, field hockey, or even that grandest of made-for-TV moments, the...
Ancient Greece-It Lives on and on. (CyberSports)
Yes, we know you have an Olympic hangover after 3,000 hours of coverage from the assorted networks of NBC. But here's just one more suggestion, and this one has nothing to do with swimming, field hockey, or even that grandest of made-for-TV moments,...
Back to School ... and Conferences
If you took a vacation this summer, this is an excellent time to scout out the rich conference opportunities offered this fall. Information Today, Inc. will offer its lineup of WebSearch University in Washington, D.C., and concurrent offerings in San...
ChaCha: Q&A for Today's Mobile Users
Got a question? Chances are ChaCha has an answer. Whether you're shopping for a new sweater in Boston, craving Kung Pao chicken after midnight in Dallas, or searching for the gate when you change flights in San Francisco, ChaCha uses a combination...
Cheap Ways to Get Tips on Frugal Living
'Frugal living isn't about sacrifice and deprivation," says Erin Huffstetler, an About.com site guide. "It's about living smarter, so that you can afford to live the life that you want to live--the life that you dream of living." Before the downturn...
Cindy Hill Vice President, Information Management System, Inc
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although the way information professionals do their jobs may have changed drastically over the years, their role has remained the same--to provide answers to users' questions or inquiries. "Traditionally, this had been...
Clarizen: Building a Better Project Team
The team behind Clarizen wants users to "Kiss Microsoft Project Goodbye." Clarizen, Inc. credits its project management solution with three key benefits that give it an edge over Microsoft Project software: It's intuitive, it's web-based, and it promotes...
Coming to Grips with the NIH Policy
Last May, Peter Suber and I launched the Open Access Directory (http://oad.simmons.edu), a wiki serving as "a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large." Literally...
Cuil-Er Than Google? Never
Achoo! Pass me a Kleenex, please. Ouch! I fell down. Can you get me a Band-Aid? I need to find something online. I'll just Google it. Of course, the point being made here is that the word "Google" has become synonymous with searching online. And,...
Digital Preservation: An Ever-Growing Challenge
[This column lets experts in the information technology industry discuss the challenges and trends in their special niche in the marketplace. --Ed.] We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. --Albert...
Economic Scorecards Grade the U.S. and Its Competition
Is the U.S. over the hill? Is the world's biggest economy going down the tubes? It certainly seems like it, with banks collapsing, wages declining, living costs soaring, and jobs disappearing. Yes, there are some positive trends. The weakened dollar...
Flock: An Integrated Interface (Errr, Browser)
In June, updates on two browsers were released: Firefox version 3 and Flock version 2 (beta). Those in the know are already aware that the Flock browser (www.flock.com) was built (at least in part) with Firefox 3 (www.mozilla.com/ firefox) code...
Fun with Copyright
Copyright law can be pretty complicated. A friend of mine who is writing his first book recently asked me whether he should register the book with the U.S. Copyright Office before it is completed. It took me several resources and quite a bit of time...
Give and Take
Is it just me or does there seem to be less give and take in the workplace and in our day-to-day lives than there used to be? Compromise seems to be a lost art. Many consider compromise to be as archaic as talk show hosts who don't rant on an hourly...
Global Collaboration Links Scientific Information Suppliers
While most of the new developments in information search, retrieval, and access may seem to be coming from relatively new players in the information industry, the traditional suppliers of information are not standing still. Some long-standing scientific...
Going Green
With global warming becoming a bigger concern throughout the world, many IT companies are taking steps to "green up" their operations. Though green initiatives are often associated with additional costs, these companies are discovering that what's good...
Going Green: Why Helping the Environment Won't Hurt Your Bottom Line
With global warming becoming a bigger concern throughout the world, many IT companies are taking steps to "green up" their operations. Though green initiatives are often associated with additional costs, these companies are discovering that what's...
How Safe Are We?
How Safe Are We? by GWEN M. GREGORY The Library Security and Safety Guide to Prevention, Planning, and Response by Miriam B. Kahn Chicago: ALA, 2008 ISBN: 978-0-8389-0949-2 208 pages; $45Most of us don't like to think about just how secure our facilities...
Inmagic: Turning Up the Knob on Social Volume
With a name like Inmagic, it's not unusual for the company to pull a few surprises out of its proverbial hat. For the past 25 years, Inmagic, Inc. concentrated on the special libraries/special collections niche, according to Mike Cassettari, vice...
Lessons from the Lab: Collaboration in Action
When a team of scientists from various disciplines are interested in the same topic, collaboration is bound to happen. That's the premise behind the collection of soon-to-be released titles from Wiley, according to Sean Pidgeon, vice president and...
Measuring Mail and Tracking Tweet
Email is truly the elder statesman of the internet, and Twitter is undoubtedly the golden child. Email has been there since the beginning, while Twitter hasn't been with us for a full 2 years yet. But there has been a lot of talk lately about the...
New Israeli Copyright Law-A 'Slight' Update from 1924
In 1924, George V was king of England and Calvin Coolidge was president of the U.S. That was also when the current Israeli Copyright Law went into effect. From 1924, before the creation of the State of Israel, until 2008, Israel depended on an ordinance...
News Makers
Crovitz Joins ProQuest Board of DirectorsL. Gordon Crovitz, former president of Dow Jones' Consumer Media Group and former publisher of The Wall Street Journal, recently joined the board of directors of ProQuest. A graduate of the University of Chicago,...
No Silver Lining in Tiffany's Infringement Case
Is eBay liable for direct or contributory trademark infringement when individual sellers post auction listings on the site to sell counterfeit products? A French court recently answered yes in holding eBay liable for $61 million. However, any grieving...
People Line & the Executive Profile
Ex Libris Group announced that Carl Grant has been re-appointed president of its North American subsidiary. Previously, Grant was president of Ex Libris North America from 1998 to 2003.Most recently, Grant was founder of a company that specialized in...
Research 2.0: The Age of Collaboration
When it comes to social media, just what kind of buy-in do researchers actually have for the new wave of 2.0 tools? Brant Emery, development manager for Elsevier's 2collab, went right to the source. He recently surveyed a broad range of researchers...
Retrospective: 25 Years Ago in Information Today
In celebration of Information Today's silver anniversary this year, we pulled the first issues--now quite yellowed--out of the archives and have been reading all the news that was fit to print about the then-burgeoning information technology industry....
Seattle Public Library: Keeping the Focus on the Customer
Andra Addison, communications director for the Seattle Public Library, spent a morning with me during the SLA conference discussing the library's many innovations. She also shared some of her views on services offered by a major urban library and what...
SimpleFeed Helps Clients Boost the Value of RSS Feeds
Here's a high-tech company that offers a solution for companies who want an effective way to reach their customers. FOUNDER After seeing an XML button on The New York Times website a few years ago, Mark Carlson started thinking that companies...
Six of One, Half Dozen of Another
OK, "they" tell me email is mostly spam now. I don't have to look far to see my version of the truth. Day in and day out, messages that are unrelated to my current work assignments or job responsibilities come flowing into my email box at about the...
SMX Local & Mobile: Converting Dollars from Online to Offline
San Francisco was the site of the second Search Marketing Expo (SMX) Local & Mobile conference July 24-25. The nearly 300 attendees were more seasoned than those at most search conferences, and they were heavily grounded in the realities of using...
Social Networking and Collaboration Platforms Lead the News
I wrote about several new initiatives in the last issue that enabled social networking and fostered collaboration. Now there seems to be no end in sight for such news. Over the last month, my inbox has been filled with information about new tools,...
So What's Wrong with Good, Old-Fashioned Metadata?
Excuse the geezering, but what happened to the simple things in life? How about the daily realities of a sunny sky in September or even November (here in Southern California)? Or a relaxing ride through the country un-plagued by the vision of running...
Summer Days, Random Thoughts
Summer just slipped by without much notice this year. I've been way too busy with the day job but in a good way. I've not had a real go-somewhere-and-do-something (or nothing) vacation in a long time, but I'm getting good at taking vacations inside...
Unisfair: A Platform for Virtual Events
As travel expenses escalate and budgets shrink during this economic slowdown, businesses are finding ways to "do more with less," according to Brent Arslaner. As vice president of marketing at Unisfair, Arslaner says the concept of virtual conferences...
Woopra: The Heart of the Numbers
When you're having trouble telling a unique visitor from a friendly hit on your site, it's time to dig deeper into the data. So show me the web analytics. That's where Woopra comes in, according to John Pozadzides, president and CEO. "You can get...
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