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. 12, No. 6, June

An Australian Info Pro's Four Decade Journey
Not too long ago SLA member Susan Henczel was considering her career options when she and her husband purchased a beach front home in Ocean Grove, near Geelong, an hour's drive from Melbourne in southeastern Australia. "Ralph and I built a house...
A New Twist to Information Audits: Develop Competitive Intelligence to Include Internal Research of What Staff and Customers Are Saying
As information professionals we are constantly on the look out for new ways to prove our value. Providing competitive intelligence is one of our accepted competencies and so when reading a Harvard Business Review blog recently, an idea came to me...
Building Bridges with Bricks That Are Thrown toward You; Wondering How to Build a Strong, Stable and Resilient Information Profession? Start by Breaking Rules
As we gather from all over the world in Seattle for SLA 2008, the theme of this year's Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO is, appropriately enough, "Breaking Rules, Building Bridges." Why is this theme apropos for the world's premier conference and...
Chemistry Information Online: A Quick Guide to Born-Digital and Re-Born Digital Sources-Part 2
There is a vast amount of chemical information resources available digitally, either through the internet or via online databases, both free and fee-based. We selected a few of the newer Internet sites with almost exclusively freely available...
Finding Success Up and Down the Corporate Ladder: Working on Your Career May Take a Significant Amount of Conscious Effort
Planning our career paths is not something that new information professionals typically do when we first graduate from library school. At that point, we are not necessarily thinking about our career path, but are seeking that first position which...
Getting the Most out of Your Conference Experience; Follow These Basic Guidelines to Enhance Your Personal Enjoyment and Professional Growth
Every year I republish this "classic" column around conference season. It has been reprinted around the globe and in many SLA chapter and division newsletters. It's a collaborative effort over many years representing centuries of combined SLA Conference...
Giving Back Globally and Going Green; Check out These Great Options for Improving the Environment, the World, and Your Mind
FreeRice www.freerice.com John Breen created FreeRice in October 2007 after watching his son studying vocabulary. FreeRice has two goals: 1. Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free. 2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to...
Knowledge Services: The Practical Side of Knowledge; with Knowledge Services, Information Professionals Are "Putting Km to Work" (Part 1)
Today's information professionals find themselves in a unique position with respect to their future. Some knowledge workers may be concerned about whether their talents, skills, and educational preparation will continue to be relevant as the well-chronicled...
Living Up to Advance Billing: An Interview with Seth Godin; We Are Living in an Industrial Revolution, and Few People Know What Is Going on When One Is Occurring. Most Businesses Will Be Radically Different Five or Ten Years from Now
Seth Godin, BusinessWeek's "Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age," Seth Godin is a best-selling author, entrepreneur and agent of change. He is the author of Permission Marketing, a New York Times Best Seller that revolutionizes the way...
SLA Connections Goes Weekly, Transitions Content to New 'Blog' Format
In response to the changing needs of the profession, as well as a desire to improve the format in which SLA Headquarters shares information and news with its members, SLA revamped all its various "specialty" SLA Connections e-mail newsletters. Each...
SLA's "Knowledge to Go Green Champion" Presidential Citation to Recognize Those Who Truly Embrace and Apply a Green Philosophy at the Chapter, Division and Personal Level
SLA President Stephen Abram recently announced that he is accepting nominations for a special SLA "Knowledge to Go Green Champion" Presidential Citation that he will announce at the SLA Leadership Summit in January 2009 to mark the inaugural year...
SLA's Second Life: Wondering What Second Life Is All about and Why It Is Important to You? an SLA Workgroup Launch an Experimental Space for Members to Work In
An increasing number of organizations, including libraries, library schools, and library-related associations, are exploring, working, and even doing business in virtual worlds. During the past year, a number of articles in Information Outlook have...
Taking the Confusion out of Copyright in an Internet Age
Copyright issues have become increasingly important to special librarians and all those who are designated to understand and enforce copyright protections within their organizations. They must regularly educate not only clients or end-users, but...
Virtual SLA: Conference Experience in the Classroom: Not Able to Attend SLA'S Conference in Person? You Don't Need to Miss out on All the Action
How fully can you experience the SLA Annual Conference without actually being there? That was the question that students in the special libraries class, which I teach at the Catholic University School of Library and Information Science, had to answer...