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. 8, No. 7, July

Concept Search Technology Goes beyond Keywords
Two people use the same term to describe an object or a concept less than 20 percent of the time, a problem known as "term mismatch." (Furnas, 1987) A fundamental relevance issue comes from term mismatch. The problem entails more severe consequences...
Digitization, Economics, and the Humanities
In his memoir/autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams, historian and novelist Henry Adams wrote at length about the theory of evolution that was being propagated after the Civil War "convulsing society," as he put it by British naturalist Charles...
E-Data Replaces Medicus Index
The printed Index Medicus, started by John Shaw Billings in 1879 and published for 125 consecutive years, will cease at the end of 2004. Once an indispensable tool for health professionals and librarians, it is now a seldom-used alternative to PubMed[R]...
First Health Info Technology Coordinator Will Implement Standards for Records
David J. Brailer has been appointed national health information technology coordinator, a new position at the federal Department of Health and Human Services. "Health information technology promises huge benefits, and we need to move quickly across...
Information Wants to Be Free-Bullcookies!
Our work and value have been attacked on many levels, but nothing has been more damaging that the misquote of Stewart Brand that "Information wants to be free!" This phrase has served as a clarion call to devalue information, information work, and...
Magnetic Database 'Rocks' the World
The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA have teamed up to create one of the most complete databases of magnetic properties of Earth's rocks ever assembled. Satellite data of Earth's magnetic field combined with rock magnetic data collected on the ground...
Making Backup Copies Violates Law
Under what conditions may a librarian make a backup copy of a copyrighted work? This is a frequently asked question, especially regarding DVDs and music CDs. The Copyright Act permits a librarian to make a backup copy of some types of works, and...
New Plans for SLA's Management Documents Collection
The Management Documents Collection (MDC), contributed by SLA members, was a group of sample documents on various topics such as library brochures and marketing materials, floor plans, user surveys, and acquisition and collection development polices....
New System Improves Management of Grant Information
At Bar-Ilan University, the Research Authority (RA) serves as the administrative unit responsible for the administration of research grants. The Research Authority locates funding sources, develops proposals, approves proposals for submission, negotiates...
SLA in Nashville
SLA Launches Campaign to Expand Professional Learning [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SLA has launched a $1 million fundraising...
The Future of Special Libraries
Hello colleagues, I am honored to write my first column for Information Outlook as the president of SLA. By the time you read this, we will have just returned from our annual conference in Nashville. If you were able to attend, I hope you enjoyed...