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VOLUME 14 • NUMBER 4 • April 2006
Searcher
The Magazine for Database Professionals

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A Scholarly Society Faces Open Access
The American Chemical Society Interview with Bob Bovenschulte
Miriam Drake talks with Bob Bovenschulte, president of ACS's publishing division, to find out how the ACS is working with authors, universities, and scholarly societies in dealing with open access.

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Assessing Value in the Online Environment
One Expert's Opinion
Jill O'Neill knows value-add can mean many things to different people and that the perception of value is constantly changing. In her article, O'Neill analyzes how information professionals view value-add in the realm of fee-based services, centering in on such areas as authoritative collections, precision results, and navigation.

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Latent Value and Perceived Value: Another Expert Opinion
Richard Wiggins continues the question Jill O'Neill raises about what constitutes value in the online world of 2006, taking a different slant on how value is defined in this realm.

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Can't See the Forest for the Trees
International Web Resources and Databases on Forestry
David Mattison is branching out, so to speak, moving from international resources and databases about the world's oceans to those organizations dealing with forest management issues and agroforestry. He also gets to the root of sustainable forestry, both within global corporations and small communities.

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COLUMNS 

Internet Express
Need some space? Irene McDermott highlights the phenomenon known as social networking and tells you where you can go online to get connected while focusing on the hugely popular MySpace.com and its offerings.

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Publishing Trends
The arrival of online digitized books has swung the balance of power back from the publisher to the author. In this column, Paula Berinstein examines the business models that can be used and also addresses online publishing copyright issues.

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The Better Mousetrap
In “RSS Explosion in Chemistry and Science,” Edward Vawter takes a look at the newly created RSS feeds of two well-known organizations, the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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The Sidebar
Law librarian Carol Ebbinghouse provides some of the best places to go on the Web for basic — and free — legal help and resources, including state, federal, and judiciary sites and law libraries such as the American Association of Law Libraries, and offers up a few caveats as well.

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What's Next
Disintermediation is causing anxiety in the librarianship rank and file, as well as in many other industries, now that most users think everything can be found on the Internet. David Grossman shows how one travel agency reinvented its services to win its cusomer base back from the Net.

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Tools of the Trade
Sheri Lanza introduces readers to WordWeb, an international thesaurus and dictionary for Windows users, giving many examples of how this tool can help in all kinds of word-related situations.

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EDITORIAL
The Searcher's Voice Podcast
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Searcher's Voice
When a little unidentifiable atmospheric smoke gets in bq's eyes, it inspires her call for local public libraries to build Web-based community news services.
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