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. 7, No. 11, November

Are You Making What You're Worth? SLA's 2003 Salary Survey
For more than 35 years, the Special Libraries Association (SLA) has conducted regular salary surveys either triennially, biannually, or annually. These surveys are invaluable resources for individual information professionals when seeking proper recognition...
Assessing and Selecting Journals for Your Library's Core List
Enhancing Library Services at NIST In three previous articles, co-authors Barbara Silcox and Paula Deutsch described assessment activities at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Research Library and their role in decision making...
Brand Touchpoints
Last month I introduced the new Brand Team Notes Web page, reviewed key branding activities, and discussed brand promises. This month's column focuses on brand touchpoints and how our branding initiative can take advantage of them. What's a Brand...
Is Bibliography Dead? Hell No!
Let's review the fundamental reason we do bibliographies: FISS. Find Information Stuff, Simply. The Web didn't change this in any fundamental way. You just can't start every learning or research exercise by diving willynilly into the entire corpus...
Major Grant Backs Carnegie Preservation Efforts
Efforts to preserve the records of 100 years of scientific discovery at the Carnegie Institution have received a major boost in the form of a $240,741 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The institution,...
Origin of Goods in Trademark Law Does Not Mean Creator
If someone uses a public domain work to create another work, does the law mandate that the original author be credited? Or is a copyrighted work that enters the public domain really free for the taking? In creating a work, if a publisher or producer...
Pathfinder Enterprise Portal: A Study in People, Power and Perserverance
The Pull of the Portal When Pathfinder-Appleby Spurling & Kempe's (AS&K) new enterprise portal--was launched in late 2002, one enthusiastic secretary eloquently expressed the general reaction to its arrival: "I use the portal like a lost...
Piercing the "Wall of Ignorance": A Communication Strategy for an Information Center
Making a Case for Enlightenment Communicating is crucial for today's special librarians. In fact, one of the SLA competencies for special librarians of the 21st century is "uses appropriate business and management approaches to communicate the importance...
SLA Geographic Information Systems Awareness Grant: Final Report
In November 2000. the Geography and Map Division of SLA was awarded a three year grant to promote awareness of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The grant was written to provide funds for the audiovisual materials needed at the SLA annual conferences...
SLA Keyword ... Recruit-Awards & Guidelines: Awards
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SLA Keyword ... Recruit Recruiting Tips
Recruiting a new SLA member is easier than you may think. Simply use the template e-mail provided below to send to colleagues and co-workers you wish to recruit for membership. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. 1. Become familiar with all the...
The Professional Development Committee Is on a Roll
Greetings from the Professional Development (PD) Committee! We have some exciting future plans to share, and we invite your comments and suggestions as we go forward. After much discussion about its role and contribution to SLA's membership, the...
What about Professional Growth?
The Special Libraries Association is pleased to present a new series of virtual seminars that relate to career development for information professionals--finding a job, building personal competencies, balancing work and life in today's world, and more....