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. 6, No. 12, December

A New Set of Rules. (XML under the Hood)
THE CONCEPT OF XML (EXTENSIBLE MARKUP LANGUAGE) IS VERY FAMILIAR to Librarians. It is a set of rules for organizing information that will enable complex search, retrieval, and manipulation of data in many ways. It is simply the latest in a long Line...
Copyright and Moral Rights. (Copyright Corner)
Around the world, copyright law tends to be based on either natural law or utilitarian principles or, in some countries, a combination thereof. The European view of copyright is based on natural law concepts; in other words, an author's rights are...
IFLA Returns to Scotland. (the 2002 IFLA Review)
THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS (IFLA) returned to its roots in Scotland last August for the 68th edition of its annual conference. The conference, held in Glasgow, bore Little resemblance to the first one. ...
Know Your Competitors. (Competitive Intelligence for the Information Center)
INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS ARE OFTEN CALLED UPON TO PARTICIPATE in an organization's competitive intelligence program, and they do so in a variety of capacities, playing key roles in the development and maintenance of the process. While they help firms...
Mapping the Future. (Visualization of Information Resources for Professionals)
DECADES AGO, WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE, OUR LIBRARY GOT A WONDERFUL new addition to its computer system--an online catalog! You could type in an author's name or the title of the book you were looking for and get all the details about that book. You could...
Marketing Searchers in the Shifting Sands of Search. (Information Trends)
Consider these three contradictions in the daily life of the professional searcher: 1. Many search pros find themselves teaching searching skills to end users, but the real gap in teaching is actually where to search. 2. Finding is what users...
New York, New York. (Conference Countdown)
New York City is a thriving metropolis that has something for everyone. Here's a peek at some of the neighborhoods, parks, and squares to explore when you come to the SLA Annual Conference in June 2003. Greenwich Village From 14th Street south...
Raising the Bar for 2003. (Executive Outlook)
As is typical when the year draws to an end, we have an opportunity to reflect on how to make the coming year better. At SLA, we have been focused primarily on the latter--how to raise the bar in 2003 for the programs and services we offer. As you...
SLA 2003 Buyer's Guide & Directory of Manufacturers & Suppliers
Welcome to the 2003 Information Outlook Buyer's Guide to Products and Services In the past, SLA's Guide to Products and Services could be found in its annual Who's Who publication. But, the evolution of the Who's-Who into an online-only publication...
SLA Member Salaries Outperform Inflation Rate. (KEx Corner)
In these difficult times for librarians, it is good to see that SLA member salaries for 2002 outperformed inflation. SLA's 2002 salary survey indicates an overall increase in earnings since 2001. As shown in the table: * The median salary (the salary...
Stamping out Negative Stereotypes One Letter at a Time. (Communications Outlook)
When I first started working at SLA, the mind-set among staff was that we didn't need to respond to negative articles, or statements, aimed at the special library/information profession. Some of the material that crossed my path was riddled with misinformation...
The RSS Revolution. (Using RSS: An Explanation and Guide)
EVERY MONTH OR SO, AN ATTORNEY ASKS ME TO LOCATE RECENT NEWS ARTICLES about one of her major clients. WhiLe in the past I would use information providers to do this, I figured that there must be another way to provide more current news to the attorney...