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?
| 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.
| Institutional Repositories:
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.
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.
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.
| 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.
| 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.
|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
| Best Buys
Before you make those hardware, software, and Internet-related
purchases, check out Best Buys.
Find the postal and electronic addresses, phone
and fax numbers for all the companies, products,
and people mentioned in this issue.