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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 20 • NUMBER 1 • January/February 2012
The Magazine for Database Professionals
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Searcher's Voice

It’s a new year, and bq says it’s time for librarians and info pros to start asserting a little “Leverage.”
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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Internet Express
A Small Public Library Goes Open Source
Thinking about testing out the open source waters but reluctant to stick your toe in? Irene McDermott says it’s not as scary as you think. Her library went open source with Koha and, as she reports, is so far doing swimmingly.

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The Better Mousetrap
Searching Wars: Google Scholar Versus Web of Knowledge Versus ?
Bob Buntrock, no stranger to citation searching (he was a user of The Science Citation Index print version!), evaluates Google Scholar Citations and Web of Knowledge/Science. He also shares some of his insights on past and present searching wars.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.The Sidebar
Class-Action Copyright Settlements: To Be or Not to Be
Carol Ebbinghouse, Searcher’s resident law librarian, takes a close look at three current class-action copyright cases — the Freelance case, the Google Books case, and the HathiTrust case. In doing so, she examines how the core issue of rightsholder compensation could impact future U.S. copyright laws.

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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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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Language Translation in the Internet Age
‘My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels’
Nancy K. Herther picks up her series on how the internet is engulfing all areas of communications by focusing in on language translation. She questions if real-time speech-to-speech translation is still a pipe dream or is becoming a reality by checking out some of today’s current crop of translation software.

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Datastreaming Our Way
Rich Oppenheim offers help in data storage overload. Whether consolidating and saving personal or business information, he says it helps to follow the four P’s: Plan, Prioritize, Prepare, and Proceed.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Content, Connections, and Conversations
Internet Librarian 2011
Cindy Shamel uses the 2011 theme to report on the 15th annual IL conference. From “Content” comes ebooks; “Connections” means supersearcher secrets plus learning and navigation betas; and “Conversations” brings playtime to the forefront of how to keep current.

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In the Company of Librarians
The Charleston Story
In the late 1990s, the distribution of resources via the web was changing and complicating collection development for reference librarians. A group of librarians addressed these new challenges through the creation of periodicals and conferences from The Charleston Company. George Machovec and Katina Strauch, both on the staff of The Charleston Advisor, tell how this publication and corresponding conference came into being.

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