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VOLUME 19 • NUMBER 5 • June 2011
Searcher
The Magazine for Database Professionals

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EDITORIAL
Searcher's Voice
Rolling Reality
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Is there a trade-off between an information professional’s comfort zone and knowledgeability when it comes to news gathering? That’s the big-bucks question bq poses in “Rolling Reality.”
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FEATURES

Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.All the News That’s Fit to Post. Or Is It?
Quality Information and the Social WebOrder Full Text
More and more it seems quality information is becoming harder and harder to find or verify on the social web. Nancy Herther looks at how and why the way the public gets its knowledge is changing, which is not necessarily for the better. The challenges addressed by Herther are how searchers can separate fact from fiction and alert their patrons to do the same.

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From CD-ROMs to Ebooks
An Innovator Legend’s Perspective Order Full Text

Sure ebooks are all the rage. But as Nancy Herther, doing double duty this issue, points out, on the “infotainment scale,” ebooks still pale in comparison to the innovativeness of CD-ROMs. To illustrate this and take a look at how CD-ROMs could lead to a better ebook, Herther interviews someone who has been involved in both the CD-ROM and ebook revolutions: Bob Stein, director of the Institute for the Future of the Book.

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But Wait, There’s More Order Full Text
Rich Oppenheim, our techno-gadget guru, takes a gander at some of the latest communication-sharing products that seem to come equipped with an ever-expanding list of functions designed to turn window-shoppers into buyers.

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What’s New in Licensing Electronic Resources for Libraries Order Full Text
Charles Hamaker, an associate university librarian for collections and technical services, gives some pointers to fellow librarians trying to set up database license agreements with publishers. He tells you want to look for — and avoid — before signing on the dotted line.

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COLUMNS

Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Internet Express
Information Superhighway on the Actual Highway: Car Communication Technology
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Irene McDermott switches gears a bit, shifting from working on the information superhighway to driving on whatever road you happen to be on. She shares the latest “telematics” technology available to help drivers not only navigate with precision but also keep them communicating safely while behind the wheel.

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Hospital-Acquired Infection
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Hospital-acquired infections are on the rise. Stephanie Ardito examines the types of infections, why they are increasing, what is being done to increase patient safety, and what patients can do to protect themselves during hospital stays.

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DEPARTMENTS

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