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. 8, August

Academia to Think Tank ... and Back Again: As Someone Who Hires Librarians, Doris Helfer Is Always Much More Predisposed to Applicants Who Are Actively Involved in Their Professional Associations
In 2004, Doris Helfer was bestowed The Rose L. Vormeker Award for her "exceptional services in area of mentoring students and/or working professionals." It's more than a recognition given to those individuals who do more than show up for work daily....
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Facebook Gets Facelift, User Suggestions Included
In July, Facebook announced a new, cleaner and simpler design, which it had been developing since early 2008. More than 100,000 Facebook users offered suggestions on the layout and features, many of which were included in the final version. According...
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Hot New Web 2.0 Tools: There Are Some Great Combinations of Web 2.0 Tools That Can Enhance Standard Web Pages, Alerts, Newsletters and List-Serves and They Can Be Incorporated into Your Workflows Right Now
Are you looking for better ways to share much needed information? There are some great combinations of Web 2.0 tools that can enhance standard Web pages, alerts, newsletters and list-serves and they can be incorporated into your workflows right now!...
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Make an Impact with Your Presentation, Somehow: Although I Am Not Advocating Using Expletives to Freshen Up Your Presentation, You Really Don't Have to Make a Faultless Presentation
One of the drawbacks for me as a staff person at SLA conferences is that I can rarely attend any of the sessions. I particularly would have liked to attend the panel titled, "Transformational Roles; Breaking Rules," but I did read somebody's blog which...
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Marketing, Promoting and Advocacy in the Special Library: Personal Relationships Continue to Be the Most Important Aspect of Marketing, but the Use of New Technologies Is Changing How We Promote Ourselves to Potential Customers
Recently, I conducted a survey to determine how special libraries and information centers are currently marketing, promoting and advocating their services. In late April, I created a survey and distributed it via the Leadership & Management Division...
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Podcasting: A New Way to Create, Capture and Disseminate Intellectual Capital: In Today's Web 2.0 World, Leading-Edge Organizations Need to Harness the Many Different Ways of Capturing Knowledge
A year ago, after being inspired by several sessions on podcasting at the 2007 SLA Conference in Denver, we developed a podcast series (named "The Wave of the Future") at our company, A. T. Kearney Inc. We left the conference with one main goal: to...
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Protecting Traditional Cultural Expressions: Indigenous Peoples Are Creating Digital Libraries for Their Traditional Cultural Expressions, While Seeking the Legal Right to Protect Them
A beautiful Saturday morning started with fresh coffee. The mugs had a pleasing image of a kangaroo created in the brown, orange, and yellow dot pattern reminiscent of Australian Aboriginal paintings. What would an Aborigine think of these mugs?...
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The Problem with Paperless: Authentication of Online Legal Documents Is Critical, Otherwise They Are Unofficial and Open to Potential Sabotage
Marcus Hochstetler, the director of the King County Law Library in Seattle, Washington, is on the front lines of a growing problem--state level authentication of legal documents. "Increasingly, more cases are filed in State courts and almost every...
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Time to Step out of the Box and Start Promoting Ourselves: Our Reputation Will Play out in the Social Web Space as Much as Anywhere Else. We Need to Get Good at This
I made an offhand comment a few weeks ago and it appeared to start an entire conversation on the Web, blogs and even Library Journal! All I said was something like: "Librarians cannot afford to be anonymous and generic. ... We need to state that we're...
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Two Perspectives: Management Techniques That Work: Views from a Manager and an Employee on Effective Ways to Increase Your Employees' Potential and Help Them to Succeed in the Workplace
Learning to manage people can be one of the most difficult things for those who supervise or manage people. Those who reach the level of supervisor/manager have usually succeeded to a higher position because of good technical and project management...
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Whatever the Future Holds for the Internet, SLA Will Be There: As Part of Its Focus on the Practical Applications of the Internet, SLA Unveiled the Innovation Laboratory at SLA 2008
So much is written and said about the Internet that we could be forgiven if we do not follow each and every development and innovation with the same interest and intensity we do our day-to-day responsibilities. That is not to say the Internet is unimportant...
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What's Cooking? Here's a Blog for Real Foodies: Also Something for Job Hunters and Creative Types
The Kitchn www.thekitchn.com It's been a while since I've written about a food site, so here it is. This blog goes beyond edibles and covers kitchens, gadgets, and events. So you could say the site is more about cooking (the experience, the art)...
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