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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 19 • NUMBER 9 • November 2011
The Magazine for Database Professionals
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Searcher's Voice
O! Pioneers!

bq acknowledges the contributions of Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg who died this summer, and uses his visionary example to fire up the pioneering spirit in all searchers and information professionals.
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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Internet Express
Virtual Gifts for the Holidays
Running out of room for knickknacks and running out of ideas for all the folks on your holiday gift list? Once again, Irene E. McDermott rides to the rescue with websites that will help you wrap up your shopping in no time.

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Publishing Trends
Good News for Publishers, Not So Much for Libraries?
While a spurt in revenue, largely due to the rapid growth of ebook sales, has been promising news for publishers, libraries are not faring so well. Why? As Dan Tonkery reports, it all has to do with ebook vendors and ebook platforms.

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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.Voice Recognition Arrives!
Nancy K. Herther looks at how the merger of cloud computing with state-of-the-art mobile technologies is changing the way people communicate in the 21st century. One point of focus is speech recognition for computer mobile apps. Herther also interviews Vlad Senjoha, CTO of Nuance Communications, one of the major players in voice recognition offerings.

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If It’s on the Internet, It Must Be True
Searcher readers get a sneak peak at an upcoming CyberAge Book, Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media, in a chapter excerpt by the book’s editor, Anne P. Mintz. In it, Mintz looks at a variety of dangers lurking on the web, from the unintended consequences of social media; the rise in identity theft, cyberthreats, and ecommerce scams; and the increase of hate sites and emails targeting people who are “different” from them.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Are You Having a Good News Week?
“I heard the news today, oh boy,” sang John Lennon in 1967. If constantly hearing about all the bad things going on in the world is getting you down, Paul S. Piper has some good news for you — literally. He’s found an encouraging number of sites on the internet devoted to only positive, upbeat, and downright happy events taking place around the globe.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.The Goodness in the Evil of SEO
Why Search Engine Optimization Matters to Information Professionals
In this article Erin Rushton, web services librarian, and consultant Susan Funke examine the ways in which SEO can affect not only the quality of search results but also how librarians are viewed by those seeking information. They suggest ways librarians can remain relevant in a Google-powered world.

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