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VOLUME 26 • NUMBER 8 • September 2009
Information Today
The Newspaper for Users and Producers of Electronic Information Services
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NEWS BRIEFS

Reed Business Information Pubs Up for Sale Again

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AIP, Collexis Announce Partnership

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Thomson Reuters Adds Partners for Pharma Software, Knowledge Board

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Ex Libris Expands Reach With Three New Ventures

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In Memoriam: E.J. Josey, Ph.D. Page 8

NewsMakers

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FEATURES

Facebook: The Next Great Vetting Tool?
This social networking site has become a hot communication tool for all age groups as well as a fountain spring of information about students and employees alike.
by Bill Greenwood

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How Private Are Those Profiles?
by Bill Greenwood

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U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Business Method Patents
The In re Bilski case has reappeared on the court docket, and the case may well turn out to be a tug-of-war between the court and Congress for the patent reform process.
by George H. Pike

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The Evolution of Old Media
Newspapers may not be taking their last gulp of air before drowning; many may simply be devising new business models that can float.
by Lin Grensing-Pophal

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Stolen Laptop Leads Police to Identity Theft Ring
by Bill Greenwood

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Join Us on Facebook

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COLUMNS

Focus on Publishing
A Potential OA Policy for U.S. Agencies
Robin Peek takes a look at the odds of the revised Federal Research Public Access Act bill being passed the second time around.

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Internet Waves
Data and Attitude
Shirley Duglin Kennedy explores the world of some interesting and some rather ridiculous statistics around us.

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Legal Issues
Access to Federally Funded Research Back to Congress
George H. Pike sees a battle looming in Congress over research grants and peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

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Intellectual Property
Data Is the New Oil
K. Matthew Dames analyzes the economic switch from the U.S.’s dependence on oil to the U.S.’s dependence on data.

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Database Review
Wolfram Alpha: Not Quite the Alpha Dog
Mick O’Leary takes the latest search tool through its paces and finds it fun but not the Holy Grail.

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DEPARTMENTS

Up Front With Barbara Quint
You Say You Want a Decision Support Engine?
bq uses Bing to help her make a few rather important decisions.

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IT Spotlight
Livemocha Creates an Online Language Learning Platform
Marji McClure profiles one company that is offering a language tool using cutting-edge technologies.

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People Line & the Executive Profile

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Editorial
Bringing Out the Best in Us
by Dick Kaser

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Letter to the Editor

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InfoToons
by Gib Robbie

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Interview With Takashi Yamakawa
USACO Makes the Transition to Ebook Culture
The appointed president of the Japan Association of International Publications talks about today’s Japanese information market.
by Donald T. Hawkins

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International Report
IFLA Changes Venue for 2010 Conference
Our global correspondent reports on the IFLA conference’s move from Australia to Sweden, The British Library’s collections, and digital library’s advances around the world.
by Jim Ashling

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Words at Work

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CONFERENCE CIRCUIT

Information Retrieval Tops the Season’s Agenda
Donald T. Hawkins provides a sneak preview of the industry’s upcoming conferences.

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ITI’s Fall Conference Lineup: London and Monterey

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Information Today, Inc.’s Conference Dates

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Report From the Field
Publishing 2.0: SSP Part 2
by Donald T. Hawkins

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Report From the Field
ALA: Celebrating Record Numbers
Text and photos by the ITI Blog Team

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Report From the Field
Google Meets Publishers and Librarians
Text and photos by Donald T. Hawkins

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Conferences Around the World Page 29
NEWS

NewsBytes

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NewsBreak Update
Career Resources, New Search Platforms, and Search Engine Developments
by Paula J. Hane

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NewsMakers

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Product News & Reviews
37 - Really Strategies Boosts Product Line
38 - Jigsaw: Adding More Pieces to the Marketplace
39 - Ex Libris: Customized Collaboration
40 - Mark Logic: Unleashing More Power for Publishers
41 - Library Technology Collaborative Applauds Innovators
42 - SwetsWise: Refining Subscription Management

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COVER NOTES

Book Review
Are Books Dead Yet?
The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture From Consumerism to Control
by Ted Striphas
reviewed by Gwen M. Gregory

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Meet the Editor
ONLINE and Off: Marydee Ojala Is Always SearchingClick for full PDF version (free) from Information Today, Inc.!
Lauree Padgett takes a look at the editors behind Information Today, Inc.’s many publications.

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How to Avoid or Survive a Layoff
by Thomas Pack

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Cybersports
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by David King

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