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VOLUME 12 • NUMBER 5 • May 2004 
Searcher
The Magazine for Database Professionals

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Now That You've Fired Your Boss: The Five Things Every New Info-Entrepreneur Should Know
Self-employed Mary Ellen Bates provides the kind of checklist anyone who's really thinking about pink-slipping the boss needs to consider before really going solo: Do I have the resources, the abilities, the wherewithal, the battle plan, and the road map to start signing my own paychecks?

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Safety First: Where? When? Why Me?
Remember Nancy Kerrigan's pitiful lament after being whacked in the knee with a crow bar thanks to the thug hired by her top skating competitor, Tonya Harding? "Why me? Why now?" Barbie Keiser points to Web resources for treating on- and off-the-job-related injuries as well as ways to prevent them.
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Institutional Repositories: Hidden Treasures
At the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the audience sees something even scarier than the faces of melting Nazis: that the sacred Ark of the Covenant Indy rescued from the bad guys has become lost once more, in a dark, stuffy, goverment building. Miriam Drake's article tells how librarians can spearhead the development of institutional repositories, opening up a treasure-trove of resources for faculty, researchers, and administrators while simultaneously collecting, preserving, and documenting these valuable items.
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EDITORIAL
Searcher's Voice
Peer pressure. It just doesn't end with adolescence. Searcher's resident sage shares her thoughts on this subject and how it ties into end users at large in an online world.
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COLUMNS 
The Sidebar
Ever wondered if those professional development opportunities offered online through organizations and societies are worth the time? Carol Ebbinghouse shares her experiences participating in one sponsored by the AALL.
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Internet Express
Irene McDermott offers help to those who are struggling with the pending death of a friend or family member, presenting a wide range of Internet resources, from financial services such as estate planning and caregiver tools to grieving support and advocacy groups.
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Tools of the Trade
What makes online professionals go crazy? Computer problems. And Sheri Lanza has had enough, so she's arming herself with well-written, easy-to-follow books and e-newsletters.
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The Better Mousetrap
Worried about security when doing an information transfer? Matthew McBride reviews two of the most popular cryptographic methods: Blowfish and PGP/GnuPG software.
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DEPARTMENTS 
Best Buys
Before you make those hardware, software, and Internet-related purchases, check out Best Buys.
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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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