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. 2, No. 12, December

Copyright: A Challenge to Distance Learning, Part 3
Distance learning courses are offered not only by nonprofit educational institutions but also by for-profit entities such as corporations and schools organized for profit. As we've learned from past columns, distance learning courses can encounter...
Finding Business Case Studies on the Web
Business case studies, commonly studied in graduate school courses, can be helpful preliminary research tools to understand competitors' past strategies and situations, to learn about market entries or product launches, and to gain cross-industry knowledge...
Get off Your Turf and into Teams
IRC staff is often asked where the library/information center should be positioned in an organization. Although rarely the answer desired, I say that it probably does not matter as long as you have someone important in the organization promoting your...
IFLA Conference 1998: On Crossroads of Information and Culture
IFLA Impressions The sixty-fourth IFLA General Conference convened in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 16-21, 1998. The quality of the presentations, the festivities of the social events, the variety of participants, the work done during business...
Land of the Sky-Tinted Waters
Water! It's in the name, "Minneapolis," a combination of a Greek term for "city" and "minne," a term from Lakota, the language of local Native Americans, meaning "of the waters." With twenty-two lakes inside the city limits, picturesque Minnehaha Creek...
Old MacDonald Didn't Have IT: Web Farming in the Info Age
Catching the Winds of Change As we sail into the twenty-first century, "Integration" should be engraved on all our mastheads. Of all the concepts proffered as key trends of our electro-life, this one is perhaps most vital for special librarians....
Outsourcing, Teaming, and Special Libraries: Threats and Opportunities
The corporate trends of downsizing and reengineering that began in the 1980s have profoundly affected corporate libraries. Along with the act of downsizing came the trend to outsource many positions and services traditionally performed by permanent...
Professional Development to Sponsor Its First European Conference
The Professional Development department is proud to present its first conference in Southern Europe titled Management of the Library in the Electronic Era on February 26-27, 1999, in Barcelona, Spain. The program has been developed to meet the professional...
SLA PR in Print
Over the last twelve months the profession and the association have seen several big media placements. In the April 1998 issue of Hemispheres, the in-flight magazine of United Airlines, a feature article was published in their "Executive Secrets"...
Special Library Experience in Vietnam
During the summer 1998, I had the opportunity to visit and work with staff of a special library in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Southeast Asia Institute library is a small library with holdings of roughly 40,000 volumes. Established in 1973, the institute is...
Team Concepts for Emerging Organizational Architectures
What teams are you on? How many? How much of your time do you spend in team meetings? Which ones are library related and which are not? It is likely that readers will answer these questions far differently than they might have five years ago. Increasingly,...
Teamwork Is Essential to Public Policy Success
When I learned this month's issue of Information Outlook was going to focus on teams and their importance to meeting goals and succeeding, I wondered how was I going to write a column on government relations and involve team building. Then, it hit...