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. 4, No. 7, July

A New Era
When I was elected to serve as association treasurer, one of my first thoughts was, "What will my first Money Matters column be about?" I view this column as a wonderful vehicle to communicate with and educate the membership regarding key operational...
Did You Get the Call?
In the words of SLA founder John Cotton Dana, one "who dares to teach must never cease to learn." When it comes to the 2001 Call for Courses, it's important to keep these words in mind. This year, SLA's Strategic Learning and Development Center (SLDC)...
Do You Know the Answer?
We've just returned from Philadelphia, where I heard David Bender, SLA's Executive Director, speak on the beauty of catharsis, like that of a caterpillar into a butterfly. My thoughts on his remarks are focused on change and leadership, since I recently...
Just What Is an Intelligent Agent?
Software agents, intelligent agents, autonomous agents, information filtering agents, matchmaking agents, and buying and selling agents--these are just a subset of terms used to identify a user defined program that automates our interactions on the...
Mentoring - Personal Reflections of a Special Librarian
What Is a Mentor? I am sure you all know of the ancient Greek origins of the word mentor. Mentor in Homer's Odyssey was the tutor to whom King Odysseus entrusted his son Telemachus when he went away to fight in the Trojan Wars. Mentor, actually...
New Cases
Interpret DMCA More than a year after enactment of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), two cases have been decided under the Act's anti-circumvention provisions. The DMCA, discussed in previous columns [1], was signed into law on October...
Reclaiming the JAC Library - Reserving and Conserving Library Materials
Background In May of 1999, I received my Master's in library and information sciences from the University of Arizona, and immediately after graduation moved to Hilo, Hawaii to take on the mantle of librarian for the Gemini Observatory. Shortly before...
The Value of Information in Library Catalogs
The purpose of this article is an attempt to discover the value of the information contained within a library's catalog. It specifically assesses the value of MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) records and location/status information. Almost thirty...
Virtual Association 2000 Initiatives: A Progress Report
Since the article "Building the Virtual Association: An Ongoing Strategy" in the May issue of Information Outlook, membership, vendors, and staff have been partnering to implement our 2000 Virtual Association initiatives. In April, a virtual association...