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. 11, No. 3, March

A Roundabout Route to Minnesota: Her First Studies Were in German Literature, but Then She Fell in Love with Libraries
Not many experienced library catalogers in St. Paul, Minnesota, started their lives in the flat, low-lying plains of Jiangsu, a province in eastern China. Qin Tang is one. Her life is the stuff movies are sometimes made of: the young woman whose...
If You're Evaluating Wiki Software, Here's a Spot That Helps You Compare: Or Learn More about Knowledge Management, Play Some Tunes on Your PC, Do a Little Shopping-And See What Art Garfunkel Is Reading
WikiMatrix www.wikimatrix.com Are you shopping for a wiki? Many of you will wind up using one of the more popular applications. But if you aren't sure where to begin your search, or if you want to do an extensive comparison of what's available,...
Innovation and Design and Design for Innovation: Innovation May Lead to New Designs, but Good Design Also Can Lead to Positive Change
I first started thinking about the idea of design in library products or services when I happened upon an article about the hugely successful design region of Lombardy, in Italy. ("Innovating Through Design," Roberto Verganti, Harvard Business Review,...
Library 2.0 in the Corporate World: Marketing Becomes Collaboration; New Technologies Can Expand Your Library's Reach and Usefulness-And Get Your Clients Involved
Several years ago, I gave a presentation on library marketing to a group of librarians in the Washington, D.C. area. I am passionate about this topic, so I was dismayed to watch one attendee in the front row, his eyes squinted, lips pursed, arms and...
Lynn K. Smith, Former SLA Interim Executive Director, Dies at 42: Updates on the Information Profession-And SLA
Lynn K. Smith, SLA's former interim executive director and 14-year employee, died January 31 after a long battle with cancer. She was 42. Ms. Smith rose rapidly on the SLA staff. She joined the association in 1990 as director, financial services....
SLA Seeks Study on EPA Library Cutbacks: Letter to Senate Committee Reinforces Concern about Closed Libraries and Lost Access to Environmental Information, Archived since 1971
Plans to slash services at the Environmental Protection Agency's 27 libraries could threaten public health and safety by hindering environmental research. With that warning, SLA has urged the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to review...
The Heretical Library Manager for the Future: Officials in Australia Selected a Non-Librarian to Head a Major Library. Here's What Librarians Must Do to Keep Their Leadership Role
What does it mean to be a library leader into the future? This is the issue explored in this paper. The literature of management is an expansive one. It is also a growing literature. In some ways, this reflects that we do not know much about the kind...
The New Normal: Association 1.5; Here Are Five Things You Should Be Working on This Year. Only Five
I am writing this column having just attended the SLA Leadership Summit in Reno, Nevada. As always, one leaves impressed with our leadership and all the innovations being tried by members in chapters, divisions, caucuses, committees, conference planning,...
What Makes Ideas Memorable, Sticky, Even Unforgettable? Why Have You Stuck with SLA? We're Looking for Stories about What Makes Membership Important to You
While preparing for the SLA Leadership Summit several weeks ago, I was thinking about the lifecycle of ideas. Certainly, there are more than a few descriptions of what makes ideas unforgettable, but I was seeking creative direction as much as definition,...