|Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of The
Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines: A Handbook for the Serious
Searcher, second edition, by Randolph (Ran) Hock. The second edition
is a completely revised and expanded version of the popular guide to Internet
search engines. ITI has also announced the release of two other books:
International Business Information on the Web: Searcher Magazine's Guide
to Sites and Strategies for Global Business Research, by Sheri R. Lanza,
and The OPL Sourcebook: A Guide for Solo and Small Libraries, by
Judith A. Siess.
Extreme Searcher's Guide
According to Hock, "The wealth of resources that the Web provides to
the world is nothing short of amazing, and Web searchengines are arguably
the most effective tool the serious searcher has for accessing this wealth."
Hock says he wrote The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines:
A Handbook for the Serious Searcher, second edition, to help information
seekers make more effective use of the major search engines, Web directories,
and metasearch tools, including AltaVista, Excite, Fast Search, Google,
HotBot, Lycos, Northern Light, Yahoo!, Dogpile, ixquick, MetaCrawler, and
As a bonus for readers, Hock maintains The Extreme Searcher's Web Page,
which features links to search engines, updates, and important news for
users of Web search tools.
In her foreword, cybrarian and writer Reva Basch said: "Pursuing the
extreme means knowing how to milk every ounce of performance from your
equipment, be it a snowboard, a surfboard, a mountain bike—or a search
engine. Ran Hock's book will help you reach and maintain the edge."
According to the announcement, Hock is one of the foremost experts on
search engines and online searching. He is the principal of Online Strategies,
an Internet training firm that specializes in creating and delivering customized
courses for online researchers. Hock is a sought-after speaker and a regular
contributor to leading information industry periodicals.
International Business Information on the Web
Written by Lanza, an experienced international business researcher,
and edited by Searcher magazine's Barbara Quint, International
Business Information on the Web: Searcher Magazine's Guide to Sites and
Strategies for Global Business Research is the first ready-reference
guide to using the Internet for worldwide business research, according
to the announcement. It is also the premiere title in a new series of
Searcher magazine books.
"With this book, Web searchers will be well-equipped to tackle the international
challenges that come their way," Quint said. "It sets the pace for the
Searcher series, which will feature expert tips, techniques, strategies,
and recommended resources for online searchers." According to Quint, many
of the books in the series will be supported by companion Web sites that
can be updated to add reader value, as is the case with International
Business Information on the Web.
Lanza said, "Researchers can use this book to evaluate foreign industries
and companies, identify global business trends and opportunities, find
overseas buyers and suppliers, investigate potential partners and competitors,
uncover international market research, and much more."
International Business Information on the Web covers resources
for Global Research, Central & Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Latin
America & the Caribbean, The Middle East & North Africa, Canada
& Mexico, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia & the Pacific.
In support of the book, the publisher has launched the International
Business Information (IBI) Directory on the Web, which includes links to
over 1,000 recommended sites. Web searchers who have purchased the book
can use the IBI Directory as a starting point for their international business
research projects. To keep up with shifting Web resources and to extend
the value of the book to readers, the IBI Directory will be periodically
updated by the author and publisher.
Lanza is the president and owner of Global InfoResources, Inc., which
provides business research services to a domestic and global clientele.
She has written for various industry publications, including
Database, and The Information Advisor. She also speaks frequently
at events or industry meetings such as the annual conference for the Association
of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP), Special Libraries Association
(SLA), Open Source Solutions, and Internet Librarian. Lanza is also the
International Specialty Scan editor for The CyberSkeptic's Guide to
The OPL Sourcebook
The OPL Sourcebook is a comprehensive handbook and directory
for small and one-person libraries (OPLs). It covers organizational culture,
customer service, time management and planning, budgeting, accounting,
technology, collection development, education, outsourcing, and other key
Taking an international approach to reflect the growing number of OPLs
worldwide, author Siess provides a brief history of the OPL movement; shares
tips, techniques, and case studies; discusses knowledge management strategies
for OPLs; and offers practical advice geared to help OPLs thrive in an
increasingly digitized (and downsized) future. The directory section includesorganizations,
publications, vendors and suppliers, discussion lists, and Web sites. The
book concludes with an annotated bibliography and an index.
"Often called a solo librarian, an OPL is the only librarian (or professional
librarian) in a library or information center," Siess said. "Most OPLs
work in special libraries, serving a specialized or limited clientele,
with specialized or limited materials and services." She points to corporate
libraries, law libraries, prison or jail libraries, and hospital libraries
as some typical types of OPLs.
According to Siess, the challenges OPLs face differ significantly from
those of librarians working in larger organizations. "The OPL does everything,
from acquisitions to cataloging to circulation to reference—even dusting
the shelves and vacuuming the library, if necessary ... there are no peers
with whom to share problems, ideas, or to commiserate with when things
get tough. It is a challenging position, but also a rewarding one." In
focusing on solutions for the solo librarian, Siess feels her book fills
an important need.
According to the announcement, Siess is recognized as one of the world's
leading experts on solo librarianship. She was the first chair of SLA's
Solo Librarians' Division, founder of the Agricultural Economics Reference
Organization, and a member of the first People-to-People Citizen Ambassador
delegation of Information Management and Special Librarianship to the Republic
of South Africa. She is the editor and publisher of The One-Person Library:
A Newsletter for Librarians and Management, and the author of a previous
book, The Solo Librarian's Sourcebook.
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