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. 10, No. 10, October

An Essential Function for Special Librarians
Librarians often serve in the background of organizations. They provide the resources and information to ensure successful decision-making and they anticipate the needs of users, often before users themselves know what they may need. Because so many...
Books! Are They Still Important in Special Libraries?
Okay, the question sounds slightly silly to a special librarian. But think about it. How many questions do we really answer with a hard-copy book nowadays? How many needs do we fulfill with books? Often, we satisfy simple needs with Web sites and Web...
Get with the 'Programme'
"Get with the programme, Uncle Johnny," said my 30-plus-year-old nephew with a twinkle in his eye as I was fumbling with the functions of the mobile phone that I had just purchased in England last month. I did not think that I was being particularly...
How to Find Resources without Using Subscription Services
Sometimes you do not have access to subscription abstract database services to help you locate and order magazine and journal articles for your patrons, or the subscription databases may not meet your needs for a search. However, all is not lost. Many...
Independent Professional Gets the Business to Come to Her
When Amelia Kassel met Sue Rugge at a California Library Association conference in 1981, it was fascination at first sight--Rugge conducted online research using a Texas Instruments terminal connected to Dialog. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Rugge,...
On Information Professionals and Subscription Agents
"The great thing about being an information professional in 2006 is that every year we get a budget increase, more staff allocated at the department, and more freedom to make our own decisions without other departments interfering." [ILLUSTRATION...
Report: Info Industry Revenue Increasing
The information industry will reach $458 billion in revenues in the next three years, with a slow but steady compound annual growth rate, or CAGR, of 6.4 percent from 2006-2009, according to a new report by Outsell Inc. Industry sectors like search...
Shocked by the Future? an Info Pro Explains How Alvin Tofer Got It Right
If the last 50,000 years of man's existence were divided into lifetimes of approximately 62 years each, there have been about 800 such lifetimes. Of these 800, 650 were spent in caves. Only during the last 70 lifetimes has it been possible to communicate...
Sometimes, It Takes More Than What We Know
Some of you probably have heard the story about Sony Corporation's efforts years ago to determine the right color (yellow or black) for a new portable stereo system (or "boom box" to you Gen Xers out there). Their market research team invited teenagers--their...