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. 9, No. 7, July

Exit Interviews Can Provide Valuable Feedback
As a standard part of your work as a librarian and manager, you should always be seeking and receiving feedback on your performance, both on the individual and departmental levels. Maintaining an interest and willingness to change, based on the feedback...
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Financial Management and Blogs
In my non-SLA life I am an adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland, giving my first course, Financial Management of Information Projects, in the Fall Semester. Rest assured that when the course preparation is completed, you will be subjected...
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Go Back to School at Click University
SLA used the annual conference to unveil its new online learning system--the first of its kind designed specifically for library and information professionals. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Click University (clickuniversity.com) is an online learning...
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How Search Engine Marketing Tools Can Work for You: Or, Searching Is Really All about Finding, First of Three Articles
How does one go from being a librarian and independent information professional to a specialist in search engine optimization (SEO) and marketing? In my case, it was almost inevitable. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the Internet became more and more...
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Members OK Electronic Balloting, Align Fiscal-Governance Years
SLA members voted overwhelmingly to approve two sets of amendments to the association's bylaws--one to allow for electronic voting by members, and the other to align the governance year with the fiscal year. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The votes were...
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New President Challenges SLA
SLA President Pam Rollo, in her inaugural address at the June 8 general session, challenged SLA members to help "communicate our value as a profession and to enable our members to take their place as thought leaders and policy makers within organizations."...
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SLA 2005 Draws Almost 5,300: Annual Conference Registration Up by More Than One-Third
And a good time was had by all. A very good time, it seemed. And "all" came to a lot more people than last time. We're talking, of course, about the 2005 SLA Annual Conference in Toronto in June. Attendance came to 5,283, surpassing the 2004 Nashville...
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The State of SLA
The following was excerpted from the State of the Association address given June 8 by SLA Executive Director Janice Lachance: As I walk you through a look at where we've been, where we are now, and where we're headed as an association. I'd like...
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Three Ways to Understand Professional-Grade Virtual Reference
"When I think back to all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all." This is a quote from Paul Simon's "Kodachrome," a small line from an anthem of my youth that runs through my mind occasionally. Funny how something like...
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Web Sites Worth a Click
The exciting news is that your trusty columnist Carolyn Sosnowski has had a baby, so she's taking off a few months. I'll be filling in until she gets back. Just so you know, I made our trusty editor promise I could do a column soon on information specialist...
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We Need Your Help as We Plan for the Future
This year's annual conference theme was "we're talking impact," and this year the association and our division planners delivered the goods. This conference delivered more than 5,200 attendees to Toronto with an accompanying snap of excitement. ...
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Why Best Practices Still Matter: And How Libraries Can Benefit from Them
Every type of organization in every industry should be interested in best practices. The reason why is obvious: We all want to get better at what we do. And, as the term suggests, best practices can help us find our way to the next level. [ILLUSTRATION...
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