The Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk Update Week 23
New and Useful Web Sites, Industry News, Full-Text Docs of Interest to the
Info Professional.

Hello from Washington D.C.
Well the heat has not slowed the amount of interesting news stories and useful
content. This could be the best week so far.

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Weekly Highlights #23
The Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk

Thursday, August 9, 2001
Organization of Information--Taxonomies
Professional Reading
"Taxonomies: The Value of Organized Business Knowledge”

Online Map Update—MapQuest
Online Map Update--MapBlast
Satellite Images from MapQuest, New Driving Maps from MapBlast

Wednesday, August 8, 2001
Current Awareness Tools—Patents
Current Awareness Tools--Medicine

Full-Text Document and Resource Shelf
Source: Elections Canada
5 New Election Reports/Resources

Labor--United States
Source: BLS
Unemployment--United States
Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment, 1999

Tuesday, August 7, 2001
Online Searching
Source: Information Today NewsBreaks
"Johns Hopkins’ Tragedy: Could Librarians Have Prevented a Death?"

Web Portals--Yahoo
New Resource: "Yahoo Education"
From the news release, "-- As the new school year begins, Yahoo! today
announced the launch of Yahoo! Education (, a free
resource that enables educators at the college, high school and middle school
levels to easily create a virtual classroom environment and communication
center for their students.

Full-Text Document and Resource Shelf
Health--United States
Source: National Center for Health Statistics
2001 State Health Profiles
Material for all 50 States and the District of Columbia

Labor--United States
"National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, 1999"
189 pages .pdf

Monday, August 6, 2001
Web Search--Lycos
Source: ZDNet UK
"Lycos Bug Lets Malicious Web Pages Crash PCs"

Full-Text Document and Resource Shelf
Software Industry--Lists and Rankings
Source: Software Magazine
Software Magazine - 2001 Software 500
Source: Energy Information Administration
Annual Energy Review 2000

The Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk

Sunday, August 5, 2001
Web Search--Google
Google Search Tidbits
1) The & (ampersand) is searchable. Treat it like a stop word. Place a + in
front of the symbol.
For example, "Dun +& Bradstreet"
2) As you know the OR operator can be used with Google. If you prefer, the |
symbol will also provide an "or" search.

Saturday, August 4, 2001
Web Search--LII
Source: LJ Digital (Free Registration Required)
Carole Leita To Leave as Coordinator of Librarians' Index to the Internet

Friday, August 3, 2001
Image Search--picsearch
A New Image Search Tool: Hello to picsearch

Resource Discovery--RDN (Resource Discovery Network)
Web Directories
The RDN Website Recieves an Overhaul
This U.K based site with a wonderful and searchable directory of web resources
has undergone a redesign.

Thursday, August 2, 2001
Web Search
Source: Internet.Com
"Is The Internet Becoming A Commercial Directory?"

World Population
Source: Population Reference Bureau
World Population Gap Widens
Includes the chart, "World Population Clock"
See Also: World Population Data Sheet-2001
"The 2001 World Population Data Sheet contains the latest population
estimates, projections, and other key indicators for all geographic entities
with populations of 150,000 or more and all members of the United Nations."

Weekly Highlights #23
The Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk

Gary D. Price, MLIS
Information Consultant, George Washington University
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