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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 14 • NUMBER 1 • January 2006
The Magazine for Database Professionals

Location, Location, Location: Online Maps for the Masses
If you haven’t had the time or a reason to check out Google Maps and Google Earth, Paula Berinstein has done it for you. She takes you on a tour, giving you good directions for how to use the basic Google Maps app, making your own map, utilizing "mashups," and even compares Google Maps to Yahoo! and Microsoft map offerings.

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Building a New Foundation: Library Funding
Steve "Amazon: The World’s Largest Library" Coffman has taken to task a new issue: how to turn the no-longer-effective standard for library funding into a more viable means of keeping libraries in the black. He looks at a wide range of alternatives, from the self-serve model of the Singapore National Library to making libraries more like bookstores (and stealing all their English-major employees), transforming libraries into totally electronic entities, and providing patrons with downloadable, printable (for a fee) text.
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Shhh!!: Keeping Current on Government Secrecy
It’s no secret that since the terrorist attacks of September 2001, access to federal documents and information has been highly curtailed. In her article, Laura Gordon-Murnane looks at the repercussions of this diminished access, which includes a noticeable increase in the number of FOIA requests. She also provides an exhaustive list of government watchdog organizations, sites to go to for FOIA news, librarian and historical advocacy groups, links to other blogs and listservs that supply government information, and sites that offer additional guides and other resources.
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Searcher's Voice
Click here for the January 2006 Searcher's Voice Podcast (MP3 format)Now that end users have access to hundreds of thousands of books thanks to Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, the GPO, Project Gutenberg, et al., not to mention all the open Web content available, bq wonders if these users know that they need librarians more than ever before. And, if not, how to make this crystal clear.
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Web Wise Ways
Jill Hurst-Wahl checks out Info Desk, a current awareness distribution service, to see how well it actually works and the kind of security, training, documentation, add-ons, and product support it provides.
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Behind the Screen
You may have used Ajax-enabled sites—sites in which application-style interaction with Web content is enabled without having to click from one page to another—and not known it. Jessamyn West looks at this new app, how it works, and what it means for searchers.

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Find the postal and electronic address, phone and fax numbers for all the companies, products, and people mentioned in this issue.
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