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. 13, No. 6, September

10 Questions: Margot Williams: A 24-Hour News Cycle and Competition from Other News Outlets Keep Margot Williams Busy Helping Reporters at the New York Times Meet the Paper's High Standards for Accuracy and Thoroughness
Margot Williams has been part of the changing media landscape pitting newspapers against the Internet and other online influences. She is a database research editor with The New York Times and for the last five years has been part of a computer-assisted...
ACS Launches New Print Format for Journals: Displaying Two Pages of Text on Each Printed Page Will Allow the Society to Continue Providing Print Copies of Its Journals to Subscribers Who Want Them
Responding to limited but persistent demand for printed versions of its publications, the American Chemical Society (ACS) announced that most of them will henceforth be printed in a "rotated and condensed" format rather than the traditional size in...
'Ambassadors' Sought to Promote Alignment Project Findings: SLA Divisions and Chapters Are Being Asked to Nominate 'True Believers' Who Will Help Generate Passion for Implementing the Findings of the Alignment Project, Including a Name Change
Invoking Seth Godin's notion of "tribes," SLA President Gloria Zamora called on chapters and divisions to identify at least one person to help spread the word about the Alignment Project and encourage discussion about changing the association's name....
Corporate Librarian or Corporate Climber? Understanding Your Skills and Communicating Their Value Can Help You Pursue a Career Path outside a Library as Well as Inside One
One of the challenges of being a corporate librarian is that we are often solo librarians, or one of very few. Many large companies have advancement programs for professionals in the company's core service areas, but there may appear to be little room...
Encouraging the New Librarian: Those Who Are Entering Our Profession Are Bringing Fresh Ideas and Perspectives That Will Help Ensure a Vibrant Future for All Special Librarians
I have enjoyed participating in leadership positions in SLA over the past few years, as it has allowed me to meet with information professionals at all stages of their careers. One aspect of my participation has been speaking at library and library...
Making the Transformation to Sharing Knowledge: Making Changes in the Mission and Operations of the Library Was the First Step in Promoting a Culture of Knowledge Sharing within an Entire Organization
From 1994 to 2007, I managed a traditional corporate library for Kalsec, Inc., a food ingredient manufacturer in Southern Michigan. I had a strong local network of other corporate librarians in the automobile, pharmaceutical and food industries. Their...
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OCTOBER 1-2 Sixth International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning McGill University Montreal, Canada www.academic-conferences.org/icickm/icickm2009/icickm09-home.htm 5-7 Tenth...
Staying Ahead of the Search Curve: By Understanding the Context in Which Words Are Used, Semantic Intelligence Can Help Librarians and Their Clients Find Better Information More Quickly
The library industry has largely evolved from the days of the Dewey Decimal System. Librarians today are faced with an increasing amount of content to catalog, as well as growing collections of data. More content is coming from outside the library's...
Sticks, Stones and Words: SLA's Alignment Research Has Identified Words That Can Help You Demonstrate the Value You Provide to Your Organization
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." It is a familiar childhood refrain, but few of us truly believed it when we said it. Words can and do hurt. They hurt feelings, tarnish images, and, yes, even harm careers. [ILLUSTRATION...
Taking a Non-Traditional Path: Librarians' Skills Are Useful in a Variety of Settings and Roles, as a Growing Number of Information Professionals Are Discovering
What distinguishes a librarian from other researchers or information gatherers? For example, how is a librarian different from a scientist? From a paralegal? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "More and more, librarians apply their information management...
The New Librarian: Three Questions: We Need to Encourage a Greater Diversity of Perspective, Become More Willing to Develop Information Strategies, and Adopt New Skills If We Are to Be Successful in the Years Ahead
This issue's theme is "The New Librarian." As I noodled on this topic, I asked myself a few questions: 1 Is there a core set of skills and competencies that every librarian must have to be accepted as a professional? 2 Has librarianship become...