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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 12 • NUMBER 8 • September 2004 
The Magazine for Database Professionals

Rubinstein's Return
Inventor of WordStar and Quattro Pro Now Takes on Search
Steve Arnold catches up with a true PC innovator, Seymour Rubinstein, and finds out the new spin he's bringing to end-user search and retrieval methods.

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Looking for Good Art
Part 1: Web Resources and Image DatabasesClick for full-text HTML version (free) from Information Today, Inc.!
David Mattison, master of the online archive universe, begins this series focusing on digitized, original historical Western art images of pre-20th-century nonphotographic media found in culturalinstitutions or on private sites. Areas covered include image databases from academic art collections and public and private art galleries, artist sites, poster collections, and commercial image agencies.
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Sweltering at ALA in Orlando
Oppressive humidity aside, Susanne Bjørner reports that the 2004 American Library Association had much to offer—too much to cover in a single article. Instead, Susanne presents the highlights, including a new pricing model for Project MUSE, the latest on open access and scholarly publishing, and new launches and partnerships from the likes of Thomson Gale, APA, ProQuest, and OCLC.
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Musings on the SLA 2004 Annual Conference
Meanwhile, "Mousetrap" columnist Matthew McBride and Laura Felter headed to Nashville for Special Libraries Association 2004. Not even lost luggage could dent their interest in the vendor news—and giveaways!, the social scene, Opryland, and oh yeah, hot technology issues, which included their own blog site. The duo also look ahead to what to expect at SLA 2005 in Toronto.
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To Chat or Not to Chat
Taking Yet Another Look at Virtual Reference Click for full-text HTML version (free) from Information Today, Inc.!
To follow-up their July/August Searcher article, Steve Coffman and Linda Arret ask the hard questions about the future of chat reference: Is it time to pull the plug? Are there better chat options? What about non-virtual reference alternatives, such as the telephone, e-mail, and improving end-user "self-service"?
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Searcher's VoiceClick for full-text HTML version (free) from Information Today, Inc.!
bq sheds some light on "tunnel" vision and how a changing perspective can keep you from getting blitzed even if you're on the right track.
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Internet Express
If you want to "preserve" the past by canning surplus foods, Irene McDermott has several sites to get you started.
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The Better Mousetrap
Matthew McBride evaluates DialogLink 4.0, pointing out improvements and new features, such as secure access via SSL, image linking, output formats using HTML and XML, and report customization.
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Best Buys 
Before you make those hardware, software, and Internet-related purchases, check out Best Buys.
Cover design by Jacqueline Walter Crawford
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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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