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. 11, No. 7, July

A Few Reflections on the 2007 Conference, Planning for the Future of SLA and the Profession: The SLA Centennial Is Only Two Years Away. Join the Celebration; Send Us Your Ideas for Marking Our First 100 Years
Our 98th Annual Conference in Denver was impressive and successful. Since the last Denver SLA Conference in 1988, technological changes have developed exponentially. In the 1990s, traffic on the public Internet literally grew at the rate of 100 percent...
An Aptitude for Librarianship: The Test Told Dave Hook He Should Be an Info Pro, but He Majored in Engineering Anyway. Now, with a Master's in Information Studies, He Runs a Library
When Dave Hook was an undergraduate at the University of Waterloo in the early 1990s, his roommate took an aptitude survey to see if he was suited for a career in engineering, a degree that he was pursuing at the time. The result was below-average...
And the Winners Are ... Every Year, SLA Honors Its Best and Brightest Members. Using a New Big-Screen Video and In-Person Format This Year, Several People-And One Unit-Were Recognized
John Cotton Dana Award Granted to an information professional to recognize a lifetime of achievement as well as exceptional service to special librarianship. Gloria Zamora Zamora has been a member of SLA for 27 years, has held numerous positions...
Conference Hosts 5,000-Plus: Gathering of Info Pros Includes Members from Six Continents
For the first time, SLA members from every chapter around the world attended the SLA Annual Conference and INFO-EXPO as participation exceeded planners' expectations. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Once again SLA delivered an amazing conference this...
How Collecting Exhibit Hall Goodies Can Make You a Better Information Professional: A Tour of SLA's INFO-EXPO Turns Up More Than Cool Giveaways-There Are Lessons to Be Learned about Marketing Your Own Services
More than 5,000 SLA members traipsed past hundreds of vendors at the SLA INFO-EXPO last month. To a first timer like me, it felt a lot like trick-or-treating as I went up to each one with my goodie bag in hand and a grin on my face. Of course, we...
Information as a Key Strategic Resource: Gore Stresses the Importance of Information-And Information Professionals
Former vice president Al Gore urged SLA conference attendees to work for a free Internet. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Please be deeply involved in helping our country make information policy choices that make sense," Gore told an enthusiastic gathering...
Links to News, Opinions, Books, Blogs, Publications, and Other Bits of Information: And If You're Going on a Trip, You Can Check the Travel Weather or Read Up on Local Business Customs and Protocols
Arts and Letters Daily http://aldaily.com Every once in a while I rediscover this site, and it reminds me that I don't do enough reading outside my usual information industry publications. For those of you who do not know Arts & Letters Daily,...
Senate Appropriations Committee Orders EPA to Restore Library Access: Updates on the Information Professional and SLA
After much ongoing feedback from SLA and others in the library community over the closing of several EPA Libraries a Senate committee has approved $2 million "to restore the network of EPA libraries recently closed or consolidated by the administration."...
SLA Board of Directors Elections
Prepare to cast your ballot. Ten candidates are competing for five slots on the SLA Board of Directors in this year's election. Members will select a new president-elect, division cabinet chair-elect, and chapter cabinet chair-elect. In addition,...
Special Libraries in Transition: What to Do If the Axe Is Falling; Closing Libraries Doesn't Always Mean Closing Opportunities for Information Professionals. the Facility May Change, but the Need Remains
Recent high profile library closures in a variety of industries have led me to consider again the question of what is the future of special libraries. Moreover, what is the impact on the future of special librarians? These questions have been discussed...
You'll Never Catch Up on Post-Conference Intentions, but with a Little Resolve You Can Go Down Trying: If You Plan Your Follow-Up Activities-And Start Doing Them-Your Conference Experience Will Be Valuable for You, Your Colleagues, and Your Employer
The rarefied air of Denver and the amazing panorama of the Rocky Mountains reminded me that the early settlers probably had totally different thoughts about the view. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; but for the 19th century trekkers, the Rockies...