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Information Today
Vol. 20 No. 1 — January 2003
Internet Librarian 2002
Favorite Moments in the Exhibit Hall
by Marydee Ojala

Some of my favorite moments in the Internet Librarian exhibit hall occurred when walking by the Dialog booth as they signed up a brand-new customer. Somehow I think everyone at Internet Librarian is already a Dialog subscriber, but I'm wrong. I confess to still doing a small double take at the NewsEdge logo on display in the Dialog booth. I've finally gotten accustomed to the Thomson logo, however.

I stopped by the NTIS booth and learned about some specialized products it has on its Web site (http://www.ntis.gov). One was the Homeland Security Information Center that groups together reports on combating terrorism, food-borne illness, anthrax, weapons of mass destruction, homeland defense, and safety training, among others. The NTIS representatives at the booth reported some huge surges of interested visitors, probably as a result of Donna Scheeder's Cybertour of Homeland Security Sites and the "Disaster Preparation & Response in a Changing World" session. It's wonderful to see session topics that create interest in products on display in the exhibit hall.

Standard & Poor's was showing off its very well-designed NetAdvantage resource. Redesigned about a year ago based on input from S&P's User Advisory Board, it shows an attention to detail that librarians expect from a financial resource. Coming soon to NetAdvantage will be S&P's Analysts' Handbook. This contains per-share data on companies listed in the S&P 500 Index, broken down by Sectors and Sub-Industries. Data is indexed on a per-share basisusing S&P's proprietary system, which allows, among other things, for the retrieval of statistically significant historical trend data.

 


Marydee Ojala is the editor of ONLINE. Her e-mail address is marydee@infotoday.com.
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