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. 12, December

A True Leader in India's Information Profession: Sushma Arora, a Stalwart in the SLA Asian Chapter, Finds That Information Specialists in India Face the Same Kinds of Challenges as Their Colleagues around the World
Global outreach to information professionals outside of North America has been part of SLA's mission for at least six decades. Since the Europe Chapter was formed in 1972, SLA has added members to its rolls from many industrialized and developing...
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Before Making That Purchase, Better Visit This Site: Buzzillions Captures Product Reviews from Retail Sites and Puts Them Together, So You Don't Have to Visit Individual Sites to Read What Actual Purchasers Have to Say
Buzzillions www.buzzillions.com For those of you who do extensive research before a purchase (we know who we are), here's a site that will save you some time in your quest. Buzzillions captures product reviews from retail sites and puts them...
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Finding Our Voices in an Internet World: Although It Might Change, at This Point Search Engines and Electronic Information Do a Very Poor Job of Sensing the End User's Specific Context
We're still hearing that hackneyed old comment, "Almost everything's available on the Web now, so exactly why do we need librarians?" It's coming from al quarters, especially in these financially tumultuous times, It's time to assemble some quick...
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SLA Nominating Committee Seeking Members with Board Potential
SLA's Nominating Committee is seeking help from the members as it looks for its next leaders, specifically members willing to serve in the following positions: president-elect, treasurer, chapter cabinet chair-elect, and division cabinet chair-elect....
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SLA Ready to Launch Centennial Events in 2009: Centennial Commission Chair Robertson Invites All Members to Celebrate SLA's Past and Imagine What the Future Holds for the Association and the Profession
With the approaching of SLA's landmark 100th year, the Centennial Commission has made plans for a year-long celebration in 2009. The celebration will kickoff in January with the Leadership Summit, and culminate with the Annual Conference in June....
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SLA's New Salary Survey Includes CI Compensation: The Median Salary for Competitive Intelligence/Research Is US$ 69,000, Compared with US$ 66,000 for All Respondents
SLA's just-released 2008 Annual Salary Survey & Workplace Study has a new feature--the salary data for a growing area of resposibility in our profession, namely "Competitive Intelligence/Research," or CI/Research. (Included in this group are...
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Social Libraries: The Next Generation of Knowledge Management: It's Clear That a New Class of Knowledge Management Technology Is Needed-One That Uses Social Technologies to Tap into an Organization's Collective Wisdom. Social Libraries Are Designed to Do This
It's no secret that the world of special libraries is changing and with it, the role of the librarian. What remains unclear is what form the library of the future will take, and which tools librarians and information resource professionals will...
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Survival Strategies in a Cost-Cutting Environment: In the United Kingdom and Other European Countries, Information Professionals Are Already Feeling the Effects of Cost-Cutting Measures. Here, They Share Some Valuable Survival Strategies
In these uncertain times, as the global nature of the financial crisis unfolds, no one can be clear as to the medium- or long-term effects on our organizations or our own roles. Many of us have lived and worked through economic downturns in the...
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Surviving the Downturn by Becoming More Business-Minded: According to Many Experts, This Is Not the Time to Be Simply Flying below the Radar. This Is the Time for Proactive Responses
The current global economic downturn is having an immediate and significant impact on information professionals' workplaces. The uncertainty on the short-and long-term economic horizon has been leading companies to undertake layoffs and enter a...
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Transforming a Government Library: The Wirtz Labor Library in the U.S. Department of Labor Went Digital in January 2008, but It Was Far from Easy
On March 4, 1913, just hour before leaving office, President William Howard Taft signed legislation the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Its mission in 1913 was to "foster, promote and develop the welfare of working people, to improve their working...
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Your Best Investment in Today's Economy: Looking for a Safe Investment in Today's Economy? Try Looking in the Mirror
"If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him." Those words, attributed to Ben Franklin, are sage advice in times of economic turmoil. An investment in building your career through SLA's professional development and...
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