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. 12, No. 4, April

An Open Letter to My Boomer Peers: Share Your Experience with the New Generation of LIS Professionals, and You'll Probably Learn a Few Things Yourself
Dear Colleague: I'm writing to engage you in a major effort to sustain our profession. Special librarianship is facing the challenge of a major generational change; and it is all happening in the context of technological, socio-economic, and global...
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Breaking Rules, Building Green Bridges: With a Little Effort and Planning, You Can Help Reduce Waste and Carbon Emissions at the Annual Conference
The enthusiastic audience response to Al Gore's keynote speech last year at the Denver conference demonstrated SLA members' keen interest in addressing global warming and environmental issues. After laying initial plans, SLA this year announced its...
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Following Harvard Faculty Vote, STM Publishers Clarify Position: Debate Continues over Open-Access Journal Publishing
It wasn't long after the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted to give the university a worldwide license to make scholarly articles by faculty members available in a university-hosted, open-access repository that STM, the International Association...
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If This Is Your First SLA Conference ... A Soon-to-Be Second-Time Attendee Shares What She Learned Last Year about Gettingthe Most out of the Conference
On the way back from last summer's SLA conference, I got stuck in the airport during a storm. While I was waiting, I drafted a list of things I wished I'd known before I'd gone to Denver. When I got back to work and the rush of things, I completely...
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Managing Your Talent Will Ease the Looming Rush to Retirement: Find the Best New Employees You Can, Then Give Them Opportunities to Grow-And Reasons to Stay with Your Organization
Everybody's talking about it! Articles focusing on the importance of talent management, retention policies and practices, and discussions on succession planning are showing up everywhere. Yes, there is concern for the significant wave of retirements...
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Online Writing and Grammar Guides for Syntax with Style: Boost Your English IQ, Refresh Your Skills, Get Help with Problems, Perfect Your Punctuation, or Just Keep Track of Language
Carolyn Sosnowski, the regular author of this column, is on extended leave. For the next few issues, I'll be her humble replacement, working diligently to bring you the depth and breadth of information to which you have become accustomed. Since...
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She Reached for the Stars: It Wasn't Her Plan to Become a Librarian, or a Novelist, but Sandra Kitt Has Succeeded as Both
Sandra Kitt is supposed to be retired, but it certainly doesn't show. She remains as active today as she has been the last four decades. She's not one to watch the second hands on the clock tick away. Kitt is redefining what it means to be retired...
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The Emerald City Beckons You to SLA's Annual Conference: From Click University Sessions to Additional Time in the INFO-EXPO Hall, Much Excitement Awaits at the Convention in Seattle
If you subscribe to the theory that history repeats itself, you should be eagerly anticipating the 2008 SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Seattle this June. When SLA last held its premier industry conference in the Emerald City in 1997, Seattle,...
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The Influence of Private and Public Companies on the Special Library Job Market: In a Softening Job Market, Privately Held Companies May List More Job Openings Than Their Publicly Traded Counterparts
This is a study of positions posted on the New England Jobline of for-profit companies' libraries and information centers. The Jobline lists positions in New England only. The data presented in this study were gathered by students at the Simmons College...
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When Management Asks, "What Have You Done Lately?" Work toward an Organizational Information Strategy That Complements the Needs of Each Department
In one of my less memorable outbursts, I reminded someone, who was in my mind being particularly unhelpful, that it was not his job to tell me what I could or could not have as he was just an enabler, enabling us to run the organization. I probably...
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