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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 16 • NUMBER 9 • October 2008
The Magazine for Database Professionals
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The Searcher's Voice Podcast
Searcher's Voice

Combining her knowledge of old movies and information preservation, bq urges librarians to rise to meet the archiving challenge and to join forces to make sure records of federal government activity on the web don’t vanish.
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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Internet Express
The Haunted Internet: Spooky Halloween Stuff on the Web
From cool costume tips to how to make your house look haunted, Irene McDermott has dug up some fun sites to help you enjoy a scary Halloween.

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Tools of the Trade
Vista: The Early Years
Beach bum Dave Rensberger comes in from the surf long enough to recount how his purchase of a new media center caused a major wipeout before he was able to recover and get everything humming again.

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Government Online
WorldWideScience.Org: One World, One Search?
Peggy Garvin reviews, which provides federated searching of the world’s bibliographic and full-text databases covering a wide range of science and technology disciplines.

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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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SLA Seattle 2008: Two Views
Lead! Now!
Cindy Shamel reports on the annual convention and says that while the speaker topics were varied, the messages of leadership and vision were clearly emphasized from session to session.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.SLA Seattle 2008: Two Views
The Greening of SLA
Reusable water bottles? Tote bags made from recycled materials? Jan Davis highlights how SLA’s January 2008 initiative to “go green” was reflected throughout the Seattle convention and vendor hall.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article. Universal Health Information on the Web
Patient Education Materials for All!
Amy Blaine, a former hospital reference librarian, looks at some of the dozens of free resources found on the web to help the sick and shows how to evaluate the validity of those sources.

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Phone Research — The Prequel
Before You Even Pick Up the Phone
Research expert Risa Sacks offers tips for what you need to know — who to call, what to say (and not say), and what deals you can and can’t make — before you even reach for that telephone.

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Negotiating With Vendors
Getting Value From Vendor Relationships
Armand Brevig’s article centers on three areas within content acquisition — taking a strategic approach, making negotiation an art form, and actively managing vendor relationships so libraries get the goods they want.

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Giving Value
A Look at Three Leading Vendors
Vendor reps from three well-known services tell Corilee Christou what librarians need to understand when making contractual arrangements and relate how each organization has undergone changes to provide better client interaction.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.The 51st State: The State of Online
Widgets and Accountability
As the November 4 election date looms ever nearer, netizens are ever-more relying on social networking and Web 2.0 technologies to keep updated. This piece in Laura Gordon-Murnane’s continuing series examines how these tools can also help facilitate transparency and accountability by government leaders and institutions.

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