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. 15, No. 4, June

10 Questions: Tom Froehlich: A Leader in the Effort to Develop Ethical Guidelines for Information Professionals Explains How Librarians Can Act Unethically and Why It's Important for Them to Raise Ethical Awareness in Themselves and in Their Organizations
At its December 2010 meeting, the SLA Board of Directors approved a set of ethics guidelines for a two-year trial period, after which time they will be reviewed to determine what impact they have had and whether they need to be modified. The guidelines...
Aligning through Knowledge Management: By Adopting a Business Perspective and Addressing the Same Problems as Other Managers, Librarians Can Better Align Their Services with the Language and Values of Their Organization
Rapid changes in technology and the way organizations conduct business are propelling librarians and informational professionals forward, into a world where they must adopt new ways of thinking about and managing the information over which they are...
Changing Our Own Behavior: SLA Is Focusing on Offering Tools and Services That Are Timely and Practical and Can Help Information Professionals Increase Their Value to Their Organizations
Is the worst of the recession over yet? The numbers suggest it is. According to Information Today, more libraries (especially public and academic libraries) are projecting spending increases for 2011 than are projecting decreases. Even better, libraries...
Creating Intelligent Libraries: Understanding and Applying Models of Intelligence Can Help Information Professionals Position Their Library as the 'Brains' of Their Organization
In much the same way that the brain is the storage center for information in humans, libraries are the storage center for information in an organization. (For ease of reference, the term "library" will be used throughout this article to refer to information...
Define Your Destination: If We Are to 'Brand' Ourselves as Valuable Contributors to Our Organizations, We Need to Start by Identifying Where We've Been and Where We're Going
Maybe the economic slowdown is to blame, but lately it seems you can't read a blog, newspaper or event description without seeing something about personal and professional branding. On the one hand, this is nothing new for special librarians--our profession...
Preparing to Be 'Future Ready': Preparing for the Future Means Building Adaptive Skills That Will Allow Information Professionals to Have an Even Greater Impact on Organizational Success
The information industry, like many others, is complex, dynamic and ambiguous. New technologies are emerging regularly, with the potential to completely transform the way information is collected and disseminated. Organizations are increasingly focusing...
Readers See Screens, Paper as Almost Equal
The preference for reading text printed on paper rather than displayed on a screen is fading, especially among tablet and iPad users, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. Gartner polled more than 1,500 people in six countries (China, India,...
SLA Names Five Rising Stars
Two chapter presidents and a chapter president-elect are among the five up-and-coming information professionals who have been named Rising Stars of the Special Libraries Association for 2011. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sara Batts, Clara Cabrera,...
Succeeding with Embedded Librarianship: Embedded Programs That Promote Their Activities, Provide Value-Added Services, Evaluate Their Work and Engage with Their Customer Segments Are More Likely to Succeed Than Their Counterparts That Don't
In 2007, SLA presented a research grant to David Shumaker and Mary Talley for the purpose of identifying and studying the factors required for embedded librarian programs to become and remain successful. Through this project, the researchers hoped...
Using Online Communities in Professional Associations: Professional Online Communities Come in Different Forms and Serve Different Purposes, but They All Allow Members to Connect across Time and Space and Enhance Their Skills and Knowledge
There is a wonderful Swahili proverb about teamwork and the value of relationships that says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." This adage is especially true for those who are seeking to advance their knowledge...