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Web Research: What's New in 2004

Gary Price and Chris Sherman - January 29, 2004

In a fast paced session, Sherman and Price will discuss the rapidly evolving landscape of web search and its role for the online researcher. They'll cover some of the changes that have roiled the industry over the past year, the "Googlization" of search, and some of the important trends and issues of concern to information professionals. Throughout the presentation the speakers will offer numerous resources and tips for use after the presentation.

About the Speaker

Gary Price is a librarian, information research consultant, and writer based in suburban Washington D.C.

A native of the Chicago area, he earned his Masters of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

Gary is the editor and compiler of The ResourceShelf ( This daily electronic newsletter is where he posts news and other resources of interest to the online researcher.

He has also compiled several well-known web research tools including Price's List of Lists and direct search, a compilation of Invisible Web databases. These and other compilations have been mentioned in numerous publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Gary is a frequent speaker at professional and trade conferences, a contributor to Searcher magazine, and the co-author with Chris Sherman of The Invisible Web, published by CyberAge Books. In January, 2003 Price was the Guest Editor of Search Day.

In the Summer of 2002, he received the Innovations in Technology Award from the Special Libraries Association.

From February, 1995 through April, 2001 Gary worked as a Reference Librarian at The George Washington University.

Chris Sherman is President of Searchwise, a Boulder Colorado based Web consulting firm, and Editor of SearchDay, a daily newsletter from He is a regular contributor to Information Today, Online, EContent and other information industry journals, and a regular presenter at information industry conferences and workshops.

He has delivered keynote addresses to the annual conferences of the Australian Library Association, the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement, the Association of Independent Information Professionals, the European Association of Information Services, and numerous others.

Chris is a Web Search University faculty member, and is an honorary inductee of the Internet Librarian Hall of Fame. He is the co-author (with Gary Price) of "The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See" from CyberAge Books. His previous books include The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook, and The Elements of Basic, The Elements of Cobol and The Elements of Pascal from John Wiley & Sons.

Chris has more than 20 years of experience in developing multimedia and Internet applications. Early in his career, he worked on prototypes of many products and concepts that are now commonplace, such as CD ROM multimedia technologies and interactive cable television. Later, he was Vice President of Technology for a global management consulting firm based in Amsterdam.

Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. His clients have included International Data Corporation, Accenture, Motorola, Levi-Strauss, Ortho Biotech, Porsche, United Technologies, and the Scripps Clinic. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Web Search Guide for Chris holds a master's degree in Interactive Educational Technology from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in Visual Arts and Communications from the University of California, San Diego.

Chris has been unsuccessful in his attempts to persuade Stanford to strip his degree so he can join the founders of Yahoo and Google in boasting about *not* graduating from the university.