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. 1, No. 11, November

Building Monuments for the Future: SLA's 1998 Winter Education Conference
Are you looking to move your information center forward with the latest in information technology? The 1998 Winter Education Conference will provide you with the background and techniques needed to provide cutting-edge information services within your...
Celebrating in Cincinnati
"In companies and organizations, large and small, more than 15,000 special librarians...embrace the task of managing and retrieving archival information," reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. The article appeared in the September 6, 1997, financial section...
Conference on Fair Use Generates Understanding, but Little Results
The United States Conference on Fair Use (CONFU) was convened in September 1994. CONFU's mission was three-fold: to bring together copyright owners and users, to discuss fair use issues, and to develop guidelines for fair use of copyrighted works by...
Creating an Institutional Web Presence
As more businesses and institutions are realizing the possibilities offered by the Internet and its multimedia counterpart, the World Wide Web, many new opportunities are being created. Library staff is well-positioned to take advantage of these opportunities,...
Don't Fly Solo without a 'Net
You're the only information professional in your organization, you're trying to do everything to run a great library or information center, and you don't have a big budget to do it with. Where can you turn for quickly accessible, high-quality, free information?...
Downtown Indianapolis: Minutes from the '98 Conference
To see how much there is to enjoy within five to twenty minutes of the '98 Conference site, accompany me on a short tour. We'll start on the Capitol Commons, a lovely, grassy area with flowers, walkways, and many places to sit. Surely, this will be...
Finance Committee Fall Meeting
The Finance Committee conducted its fall meeting at the association headquarters September 15-16, 1997. The agenda included the following topics: management letter review; IRS audit; 1997 financial report and budget review; residual earnings review;...
Got a Niche-Scratch It!
The presence of the bio-technology industry in San Diego, CA, has provided thousands of well paid, highly skilled jobs to the region. In 1996, the presence of biotechnology firms grew by 8.5 percent and industry employment grew by 16 percent. SLA's San...
International Partnership
The appearance of the International News column in Information Outlook comes at a most opportune time for SLA members to remember that professional cooperation and exchange of ideas, concerns, and happenings between colleagues in different countries...
Legal Protection for Databases: A Summary
In December 1996, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) considered several treaties on copyright. The one treaty that failed to pass muster concerned protection of databases. Consequently, the U.S. Copyright Office has prepared a report...
Looking Back on the Past 33 Years
Activities of the Copyright Committee of the Japan Special Libraries Associated (JSLA) Start of Activities A completely revised copyright law was promulgated in Japan on May 6, 1970, and put into effect on January 1, 1971. The copyright law that went...
Principles for Licensing Electronic Resources
The following is an excerpted report of a document developed by the U.S. library community to provide guidance in negotiating with information licensors. SLA and other library associations created this document so that their respective memberships might...
Prison Libraries Change Lives
When I graduated from library school, I never imagined that I would find the job of my dreams in a prison. I expected to work in a college library, running a department and surrounded by professors and scholarly material. I was dimly aware that prisons...
Reference Services
Perhaps more than any other specialists in the information science professions, archivists are encountering a myriad of changes brought about by a global information society, digital technology, and by the democratization of governments, institutions,...
Saint Jerome and Some Library Lions
I am sure that a fascination and fondness for trivia was a contributing reason to my interest in becoming a librarian. For one so inclined, studying about libraries and librarianship leads to at least a little bit of librariana - facts like the names...
The Proverbial Wish List
Over the course of my graduate school career, I learned that at some point in my professional career, I would be asked the inevitable question, "If you could research anything and had all the resources and time to do such research, what would be your...
Two Clicks Only, Please
We who serve in corporate special libraries today are faced with unprecedented challenges and propositions. To name just a few, we are intermediaries in the "war" between publishing and electronics; between CD-ROMs and the Internet; WAN and the Intranet....