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Ebooks on Fire
Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries
Charles Hamaker, associate librarian for collections and technical
services at UNC–Charlotte, takes a critical look at the challenges of
print sources being usurped by electronic texts. Major issues that
Hamaker addresses include how to ensure the long-term preservation and
retention rights of etexts.
Then and Now
Looking Back on 43 Years as a Librarian
Edwin Perry, until recently an anthropology and engineering librarian,
reminisces about how his role as a librarian changed from the early
’70s, when students had to pore over broad category headings to find
specific research topics, to the plethora of resources and services
featured in today’s libraries. He shares as well some of his favorite
Working at the Speed of Your Voice
Nuance’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Need a personal assistant to help with emails, manuscripts, reports,
and spreadsheets, someone who can save you from some tedious,
web-related tasks? Nancy Herther may have found just what you’re
looking for — the latest version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, the
best-selling voice recognition software from Nuance Communications.
Do You Want to Be a Patent Searcher?
Not sure if you could handle a patent search request? Thinking about
going into this field of research but need to know what’s required?
Well, you’re in luck. Edlyn Simmons, founder of her own patent
information service company, has summarized the unique skill set a
patent searcher must possess to be successful.
Reviews and the New Reviewer
More and more, would-be buyers are relying on consumer-generated book
reviews posted online rather than on the professional critiques found
in print stalwarts such as Publishers Weekly and Library Journal
. Corilee Christou reads between the lines of this ongoing debate,
tracing the history of the review and looking to its future in an
The Second Story
The ever-musing bq’s got one more question for readers to ponder as
2011 comes to a close: How do you keep track of retractions in an
online medium when an article can be here today and literally gone
tomorrow, leaving errors untraceable?
Online Video Brings Out Our Inner Network Executive
Online video is a big hit with Irene McDermott’s library patrons, so
she’s sharing some of the best options for viewing streaming video,
from ad-supported to pay-per-view and subscription-based. She also
takes a gander at online-only content for handheld devices.
Both Sides Now
Researching in Spanish: Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection
Susanne Bjørner finishes up her three-part look at EBSCO’s
products for Hispanic research by reviewing Arte Público
Hispanic Historical Collection, a digital compilation of historical
content covering U.S. Hispanic history, culture, and literature.
The Better Mousetrap
Bob Buntrock tackles another hot-button topic in his column: how to prevent publishing piracy of online products.
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