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. 4, No. 8, August

An Entrepreneur Ahead of His Time: A Look at Best Practices
THE SPORT IN FORMATION RESOURCE CENTRE (SIRC) IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA, offers a range of products and services specifically designed to meet the information needs of coaches, athletes, students, researchers and teachers, and medical practitioners....
Greeting and Shaping the Future: Information Professionals as Strategists and Leaders
EVERY DAY BRINGS NEW EVIDENCE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF E-COMMERCE, E-GOVERNMENT, and the general shift to a digital economy. Information has assumed a new, central, creative and supportive role for business, government, and education. If this is the...
Icon of the Global Library Community to Retire in 2001
David R. Bender, Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) for twenty-one years, announced his forthcoming retirement at the close of the Association's 91st Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Citing...
MP3 and Napster Controversies
MP3 is a system for digitally encoding music so that it may be played back on a personal computer. The primary benefits of MP3 are that it compresses digital audio information to a file size small enough that it may be sent over the Internet and that...
Networking the Right Way
One of my all-time favorite movies is The Hunt for Red October, a military suspense film based on the tome of the same name by Tom Clancy. A classic movie for guys who like movies, Red October follows the story of a Russian submariner whose vessel...
Outcomes of the Finance Committee Meeting
The Finance Committee held its spring meeting at the Association headquarters on April 3,2000. Already knowing the outcome of the 2000 officer elections, I was able to observe the spring meeting as treasurer-elect, which proved to be an invaluable...
SLA Web Site Prototype Launched at Annual Conference
At the Annual Conference I gave demonstrations of the prototype of the revised SLA web site in the SLA Marketplace and to the Board of Directors at their initial meeting. The new home page with its smaller and simpler graphics, new navigation bar,...
The Rules of Engagement
What does it mean to be engaged? There are many definitions for the word, all referring to involvement or occupation with an entity or effort. But to be engaged in the larger social context requires a great deal more thought and consideration. After...
What Is Strategic Learning?
As I write this column a mere ten days after the completion of SLA's 2000 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, I find myself reflecting on the various conversations my colleagues and I had with SLA members eager to learn more about the idea of "strategic...
Working for an Internet Startup
Have you ever wondered what it's like to work for an Internet startup company? Have you ever visited a web site and wondered who was responsible for its content, organization, and arrangement? Maybe you've even considered changing career paths from...