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The quintessential searcher : the wit & wisdom of Barbara Quint
Block, Marylaine, 1943-
Publication Information:
Medford, NJ : Information Today, Inc., [2001]

Physical Description:
xi, 213 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Central Library Z699.35.O55 Q56 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Snippets from columns written by Quint, the editor of Searcher magazine, touch on such broad topics as the art of searching, librarians (good), database vendors (bad), the Internet, scholarly publishing, and other matters of import great and small. Quint's folksy but direct approach to the information field makes her, in the words of one fan, "the pro the other pros admire....What Clapton is to the guitar, what Jordan is to the court, Barbara Quint is to online searching." c. Book News Inc.

Table of Contents

A Note on Selection and Arrangementp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
An Interview with Barbara Quintp. 7
Chapter 1 The Art of Searchingp. 17
Finding Out What the Patron Wantsp. 17
Preparing for the Searchp. 19
Knowing When the Search Is Donep. 20
Search Stylesp. 21
Quint's Rules of Online Searchingp. 23
Cost Issuesp. 23
Quint's Laws: How Much To Spend on a Searchp. 25
Medical Searchingp. 26
Random Thoughts on Searchingp. 27
Chapter 2 On Librariansp. 29
What Is a Librarian?p. 29
Why Do We Do It?p. 31
On Librarians' Salariesp. 34
Lack of Respect for the Professionp. 35
Professional Ethicsp. 36
Why Techies Are No Substitute for Librarians When You Want Informationp. 40
Why Searchers Must Educate Database Vendorsp. 41
Quint's Rules for Negotiating with Vendorsp. 46
Threats to the Future of Librariansp. 49
Time To Set New Prioritiesp. 62
The Future of Libraries: The Promisep. 66
Random Musings on Librariansp. 74
Chapter 3 The Internetp. 77
Not Quite Convincedp. 77
A Change of Heartp. 78
Chapter 4 Database Vendorsp. 85
Bad Database Designp. 85
Bad Customer Relationsp. 92
Listen To Usersp. 94
Bad Marketingp. 99
Advice to Vendors Who Screw Upp. 100
Vendors in Denial about the Netp. 101
How Vendors Can Survive in an Internet Worldp. 106
Quint's Laws for Vendorsp. 128
Quint's Laws for Vendors on Dealing with the Pressp. 129
Quint's Laws for Vendors on Dealing with the Press: Updated for the Netp. 131
Chapter 5 Scholarly Publishingp. 133
Copyright and Fair Usep. 133
User-Hostile Publishersp. 135
Solution One: Cut Publishers Outp. 139
Solution Two: How Scholarly Publishers Might Survivep. 143
Chapter 6 Random Musingsp. 147
Censorshipp. 147
Democracy, Government, and Citizensp. 149
Danger to the Information Infrastructurep. 152
On Editingp. 154
On Trade Publicationsp. 156
Technology and Its Effectsp. 156
Y2Kp. 161
Taking Risksp. 162
The Biggest Risk: Going It Alonep. 162
On Truthp. 163
On Managementp. 165
On Learning and Memoryp. 166
On Improving with Agep. 168
On Booksp. 169
On Moviesp. 171
On Californiap. 172
This and Thatp. 173
Chapter 7 Words to Live Byp. 175
Chapter 8 BQ on BQp. 179
The Early Daysp. 179
I Told Them, But Did They Listen To Me?p. 184
BQ and Computers: The Love-Hate Relationshipp. 186
On Her Personal Foiblesp. 188
On Her Professional Accomplishmentsp. 192
Philosophy of Lifep. 194
Chapter 9 BQ's Fans Speak Outp. 197
Indexp. 205
About the Editorp. 215

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