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Too Close for Comfort
The fearless bq looks for the silver lining behind the impact the
economy is having on libraries of all kinds and instead finds treachery
in a most unlikely, not to mention disturbing, place.
What Goes Around
Wondering how to handle the
gift-giving aspect of the holidays while the economy’s still not so
jolly? Irene McDermott offers a bevy of alternatives, from re-gifting
and white elephant parties to finding ways to make new gifts from old
materials, to help those with lots of friends and relatives but sparse
funds to stay in the gift-exchange loop.
Find the postal and electronic
addresses, phone and fax numbers for all the companies, products, and
people mentioned in this issue.
Alternative Energy Information Sources
Roundup and Rankings
In the first of his series
on energy resources, Barry Brown, science librarian at the University
of Montana, identifies and ranks which databases are the best in
helping college students find relevant environmental and energy
research and literature.
Exhibitions From the Best Seat in the House … Yours
If you’re an armchair
traveler or just want to supplement or get the most out of an upcoming
in-person trip, Amy S. Blaine has put together her own collection of
museums from around the world that are sure to both enthrall and
educate you. Some of them are even online-only.
Learning, and Aligning
From 57 attendees at the
first meeting in July 1909 to close to 6,000 attendees 100 years later,
the Special Libraries Association has come a long way. Cynthia Shamel
highlights some of the best sessions and exhibits and delves into the
political end of the 2009 annual meeting as well.
Scenario Planning as
Case of the
In this segment of their
ongoing look at library downsizing, James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein
introduce scenario planning, also called the “what if” approach, as a
necessary part of any librarian’s survival blueprint.
Lean, Mean, and
Smaller Is Better
Whether viewed as an
organizational asset or more of an individual productivity tool, Nancy
K. Herther asserts that netbooks are a smart, not to mention an often
environmentally friendly, addition to a searcher’s bag of technology
Connected After a Layoff
Dee Richardson interviews
six professionals who have recently lost their jobs to get their tips
for networking in the electronic age. She also shares how sites such as
LinkedIn as well as alumni groups can aid in an individual’s quest for
On the Way
Richard Oppenheim returns to Searcher to review some of the
latest resources, from touch screens to high-def displays and web apps,
that can make a searcher’s life easier, more productive, and even fun.