VOLUME 12 NUMBER 8 September
The Magazine for Database Professionals
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Inventor of WordStar and Quattro Pro
Now Takes on Search
Steve Arnold catches up with a true PC innovator,
Seymour Rubinstein, and finds out the new spin
he's bringing to end-user search and retrieval
for Good Art
Part 1: Web Resources and Image Databases
David Mattison, master of the online archive universe,
begins this series focusing on digitized, original
historical Western art images of pre-20th-century
nonphotographic media found in culturalinstitutions
or on private sites. Areas covered include image
databases from academic art collections and public
and private art galleries, artist sites, poster
collections, and commercial image agencies.
at ALA in Orlando
Oppressive humidity aside, Susanne Bjørner
reports that the 2004 American Library Association
had much to offertoo much to cover in a single
article. Instead, Susanne presents the highlights,
including a new pricing model for Project MUSE,
the latest on open access and scholarly publishing,
and new launches and partnerships from the likes
of Thomson Gale, APA, ProQuest, and OCLC.
|Musings on the SLA 2004
Meanwhile, "Mousetrap" columnist Matthew McBride
and Laura Felter headed to Nashville for Special
Libraries Association 2004. Not even lost luggage
could dent their interest in the vendor newsand
giveaways!, the social scene, Opryland, and oh yeah,
hot technology issues, which included their own
blog site. The duo also look ahead to what to expect
at SLA 2005 in Toronto.
|To Chat or Not to Chat
Taking Yet Another Look at Virtual Reference
To follow-up their July/August Searcher article,
Steve Coffman and Linda Arret ask the hard questions
about the future of chat reference: Is it time to
pull the plug? Are there better chat options? What
about non-virtual reference alternatives, such as
the telephone, e-mail, and improving end-user "self-service"?
bq sheds some light on "tunnel" vision and how a
changing perspective can keep you from getting blitzed
even if you're on the right track.
If you want to "preserve" the past by canning
surplus foods, Irene McDermott has several sites
to get you started.
Matthew McBride evaluates DialogLink 4.0,
pointing out improvements and new features, such
as secure access via SSL, image linking, output
formats using HTML and XML, and report customization.
Before you make those hardware, software, and Internet-related
purchases, check out Best Buys.
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