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. 6, June

A Rewarding and Educational Experience
Like many other association officers, I am beginning to realize that my term is coming to an end--it has been three busy and fulfilling years. During my term, I have learned that running an association is a lot different than running my library....
Can Computer-Mediated Communication Democratize the Workplace?
Can Technology Democratize the Workplace? Does It Give Employees More of a Voice? Does It Provide Equal Access to Information for all Employees? THESE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF MUCH DEBATE. The prevailing position is that technology...
Change and the Information Professional
We're quickly approaching the midway point of 2000, which brings to mind two things. First, the 91st Annual Conference in Philadelphia USA is upon us. Second, we still have seven months to fulfill our resolutions for this year! My own personal opinion...
Desktop Mapping: Displaying and Integrating Information
Sometimes text alone, no matter how expertly worded, is just not the right way to deliver a message. THIS MAY OFTEN BE THE CASE WITH LOCATION BASED INFORMATION -- where the relationships among things can be clearly displayed on a map but may not...
John Seely Brown: In Context
INTERVIEW Recently, Information Outlook had the opportunity to sit down with John Seely Brown, chief scientist at Xerox Corporation and director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Dr. Brown is one of the world's leading authorities on...
News around the IRC
Cataloging Resources In my role as staff liaison to the Committee on Cataloging, I was pleased to help in adding the following new resource to SLA's web site, namely, "Reference Resources for Special Libraries" http://www.sla.org/committee/catalogl/index.html....
Qualification Management in Information Services: My Grand Design
How Can We Hire and Retain Good Information Workers in Today's Marketplace? WE INFORMATION WORKERS, & PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO HAVE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES, have for some time been troubled by a seeming Lack of quality in the employees who...
Self-Promotion as a Competency
"The fear of self-promotion consists of all behavioral habits, thoughts, actions, or feelings, which conspire to keep competent people of all walks of like from being able to stand up and take credit for who they are and what they do well." George...
States Begin to Adopt UCITA - Model Legislation for Licensing
The state of Virginia recently became the first state to adopt UCITA, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, the licensing law opposed by SLA, other library organizations, and various other groups and businesses who find the law overreaching...
Thinking about Reflection
You wake up at six o'clock on a Monday morning. The alarm startles you out of a peaceful slumber, but somehow you manage to wipe the sleep from your eyes as you head for the shower. You turn the knobs and when the water surges from the showerhead,...
Toward a Stable Web: Current Initiatives Add Stability to a Dynamic Environment
The Internet has a way of condensing time almost unlike any invention we have created to date. To illustrate the point, look at the evolution of the scholarly journal. It took approximately two hundred years from the invention of print until the first...