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VOLUME 19 • NUMBER 7 • September 2011
The Magazine for Database Professionals
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Searcher's Voice
Have I Got a Deal for You?

Now that ebooks are becoming more invasive — if invisible — bq tells librarians it’s time to form a united front and not let the content delivery costs for this new medium go the route of the CD-ROM — when discs were priced the same, or even more — than their print counterparts.
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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Internet Express
Digital Vigilantes: Using the Web and Smartphones to Prevent and Solve Crime
We do just about everything else online these days, so Irene McDermott says why not use the internet to prevent or solve crimes? She provides a set of online tools, from crime maps to anonymous crime reporting sites, to aid the police in keeping perps off the streets and our neighborhoods and neighbors safe.

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Tools of the Trade
Saying Good-Bye to Technologies
Usually Dave Rensberger writes about purchasing new technology, but this month, he addresses the best ways to get rid of the technology you donít want anymore ó from old computers and other hardware to the apps that came with your Android or iPad.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Searching for the Stars
Cosmic Views and Databases
If you’re looking for information that is out of this world, David Mattison’s article is right up your galaxy! He scopes out resources originating from government and academic research environments and focuses on scientific observatories, image collections from space telescopes and space agencies, and catalogs, surveys, and databases of celestial objects.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.21st-Century Lending Libraries
Books in a Cloud?
In her latest Searcher article, Nancy Herther looks at some of the major ebook platforms and vendors prominent within the growing ebook marketplace, from NetLibrary, EBL, and ebrary to Books24x7, MyiLibrary, and OverDrive. She also checks what’s new with the Big Three distributors — Amazon, Google, and Apple.

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Multimedia, Multilingual Science From Around the World and
Miriam Drake reviews the two online depositories of millions of pages of scientific information and research results from the Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information: and

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Reference Services Today (And Tomorrow?)
While Thomas Gilson admits marrying patrons’ 24/7 reference expectations with librarians’ abilities and capabilities won’t be easy, he says new tools and service models will help with this transition.

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Are We Future Ready Yet?
Transformation into the future was part of the Future Ready theme of the 102nd Special Libraries Association conference this past June in Philadelphia. SLA member and attendee Cynthia Shamel shares her takeaways from SLA 2011, highlighting the usual conference twists and turns as well as standout speakers and exhibitors.

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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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