Information Outlook

Official magazine of the Special Libraries Association. Includes articles on the administration, organization, and operation of special libraries and information centers; research reports in librarianship, documentation, education.

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 3, March

Economic Forecasting
Each year since 1994, the staff has developed financial assumptions as an initial phase of the program planning process. In order to facilitate the process for developing the 2002 Association Program Plan and the FY 2002 Budget, staff has identified...
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Guarantee the Future
"We must plan from the future backward." That piece of pithy advice from the 2002 Program Mission Statements Document aptly describes the efforts of association leaders and the five Task Forces which have been charged with guaranteeing the future of...
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Hiring Demand, Salaries Rise for Librarians
Librarians, long seen as members of a dry and dusty profession that is out of tune with modern times, are suddenly in demand. Part of the reason lies in the rapid rise of information technology. Library science graduates now are courted for jobs as...
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Information Professionals: Changing Tools, Changing Roles
No Profession will undergo more radical change between 2000 and 2010 than will the Information Professional. THIS PRESUMPTUOUS PREDICTION IS BASED ON A SET OF CONVERGENT TRENDS that, taken together, imply a coming new world for information professionals....
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Is Copyright Dead?
There are many people today who predict the death of copyright in the electronic world. Some of the individuals making this prediction simply wish that all copyrighted works were available free, while some copyright owners appear to want to restrict...
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Market Valuations and Other Ruminations
The fluctuations of the world's financial markets over the past year have certainly laid bare the reality of the New Economy. Technology can drive a business, but technologists can't do it alone. The stock prices of online services and retailers certainly...
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Real People Don't Do Boolean: How to Teach End Users to Find High-Quality Information on the Internet
AFTER YOU READ THIS ARTICLE, SNEAK INTO AN INTERNET TRAINING CLASS and watch people learn Boolean features of search engines. Watch learners discover how to combine words and phrases in complex constructions. They will test their newfound skills against...
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San Antonio Road Trips Part II: The Sequel
As visiting honorary Texans, you may find yourself behind a steering wheel and able to explore some of the vast Lone Star State. Carry water, a good map, and have fun! Here are a few travel suggestions. Austin: A favorite destination for many Texans...
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Strategic Learning Outlook
Measuring Our Value So We Can Market It Most professionals aspire to being respected and valued by colleagues and managers for positive contributions made to the organizations in which they work--and none more so than information and knowledge professionals....
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Would You Buy SLA?
IMAGINE THAT WE MEET IN THE DRUGSTORE. WE WERE ON OUR WAY HOME from the office, and both of us needed to pick up a few items. We laugh about having an informal staff meeting in "Digestive Aids", and proceed up the aisles together. You son doesn't...
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