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. 10, October

Exploring Common KnowLedge: An Interview with Nancy Dixon
We've all heard and read about how important "knowledge" is in today's organizations? But what does that really mean? What does it take for organizations to create meaningful knowledge-sharing systems and how can information professionals play a role...
Freedom Forum Sends Piggott to South Africa
Each year the Freedom Forum sends four librarians to developing countries. The program emphasizes helping these countries build and maintain their information infrastructure. Sylvia Piggott, an employee of the International Monetary Fund and former...
Knowledge and Accountability
Soren Kierkegaard, the nineteenth century existentialist philosopher, told a story of a man who was released from an insane asylum after many years. The man was desperate to be perceived as being normal by others. So he determined that he must say...
Method Two: Knowledge Value-Added
Introduction Certain industries are driven by technological innovations and, as a result, require proportionally larger and more highly educated staffs to succeed. Health-care pharmaceutical and diagnostics manufacturers are one example of such...
Military Librarians Division
For the 2000 Conference in Philadelphia, the Division kicked things off with a member reception on Sunday evening sponsored by SIRSI & PTFS. That reception was crowded, boisterous, and lots of fun. Networking continued at our three continental...
Retaining Workers in the Knowledge Economy
Connectivity Circulation individuals innovation NOTE: THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE "OPTIMIZING EMPLOYEE RETENTION in the Era of Knowledge Capital" written by Doug Wesley, principal practitioner at ChangeCraft Corporation. The entire article...
San Antonio's River Walk: Walking the Walk
Bring your walking and boating shoes to the 2001 SLA Annual Conference next June in San Antonio. The conference will be held in downtown San Antonio, near the famous River Walk or Paseo del Rio. Whether you decide to stroll or take a river tour boat,...
Skills and Competencies to Succeed in a Knowledge Economy
THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON A PRESENTATION GIVEN AT THE SPECIAL LIBRARIES Association annual conference in Philadelphia in June 2000. The content is derived from the results of a major international research project and is supplemented by learnings from...
Social Science Division
The breadth of social science programming extended from programs such as Census 2000, on the role of information in international conflict management to a well-attended "conversation" with PBS notable Jim Lehrer. The International Reception and...
The 2000 Salary Survey Report Is Coming Soon!
SLA's Salary Survey for the year 2000 is out of the field and we are in the process of getting it ready for publication. The salary report, which will be available from SLA in November, will include salary breakdown by industry, geographical region,...
The Innovation Imperative
One hundred years from now, when the historians and commentators of that time opine on the driving forces of the stunning organizational success to which we have been witness in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, I believe they will...
Unpublished Works
The copyright status of unpublished works has long plagued librarians. The status of such works has changed over the years, and today the Internet raises new questions about whether and at what stage works are published. Further, the fair use of unpublished...
Water, Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink
An organization can develop great ideas, but success will come only with effective leadership. Most experts ignore the belief that leaders are born, not made. The common belief among leadership consultants is that, with the proper emphasis, leadership...
Web Statistics Reveal Usefulness of SLA Site
Over the past year, the total hits to IRC web pages increased from an average of 10,000 a month to more than 15,000 per month. This is particularly encouraging in that it hopefully indicates that the Virtual IRC is becoming a more useful resource for...