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VOLUME 18 • NUMBER 10 • December 2010
Searcher
The Magazine for Database Professionals
FEATURES

Kicking Tires
Information Literacy Students Compare Google Scholar With EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier
Nick Tomaiuolo, online instructor for a library skills course, devised an assignment to assess students’ experiences using Google Scholar (GS) and a traditional library subscription database, EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier. To help readers contextualize the database comparison exercise and student reactions, Tomaiuolo also reviews the issues that have emerged as GS has developed.

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Survival Lessons for Libraries
A Microcosm Points to Broader Implications
Positions Advertised in For-Profit Libraries in New England 2006–2009 
James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein report on a 4-year study that set out to determine whether a softening job market would result in more library-related job vacancies within the private sector than in the public one.

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The App in the Haystack
Steps to Finding Useful and Usable Apps 
Whether for your BlackBerry or other mobile devices, Rich Oppenheim has outlined five steps to help you find apps that are life-enriching, from figuring out what apps you really need to getting the best deals for your money and knowing when to just say no.

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Internet Librarian 2010
Focus on the User and Add Value 
Two regular Searcher writers, Cindy Shamel and Internet Express columnist (and football expert) Irene McDermott, shared reporting duties at IL 2010, which took place in October in Monterey, Calif. Among a bevy of items, the duo highlight hot keynote topics, search engine news, federated search, and how libraries can stay patron-centric.

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EDITORIAL
Searcher's Voice
Dawn Done

Used to be, all end users wanted to do online was retrieve emails, and some did that grudgingly. As one who fought in the trenches in the early — often dark — days of online searching, bq marvels at how commonplace online searching has become for the masses.
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COLUMNS

Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Internet Express
The Gridiron on the Web: Football Online

Do you fumble around when it comes to understanding and following football? Irene McDermott, who not long ago couldn’t tell a first down from a touchdown, has her online playbook in hand, ready to share her newfound knowledge and cheer other clueless folks onto victory.

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Both Sides Now
Researching in Spanish: EBSCO’s Referencia Latina 

Susanne Bjørner continues to review the most valuable resources for researching Spanish-language magazine and journal literature. In this month’s column, she begins her investigation of EBSCO’s Hispanic databases, starting with Referencia Latina.

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Library Mobile
‘B’ Is for ‘BlackBerry’ 

Gerry McKiernan looks at all things BlackBerry, from its smartphone shipments and market share to all the apps available from sites such as BlackBerry App World, including books, medical apps, and everything in between.

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DEPARTMENTS

Contacts
Find the postal and electronic addresses, phone and fax numbers for all the companies, products, and people mentioned in this issue.

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