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. 3, March

20 Things Info Professionals Need to Keep Their Eyes On: If You're Too Busy to Keep Track of Anything Else, Make Sure You Watch for Developments in These Areas
So ... what's on my list of things to pay extra special attention to? When I'm deluged, swamped, and overwhelmed by news and blog postings and other media, what do I use as my filter to trap just the important stuff that will matter to libraries? ...
EC Makes Computer-Assisted Translation a Little Bit Easier: For Example, Translation Pairs Are Available for Danish to Lithuanian and Back. Irish Translations Are Pending
The European Commission is taking another step in its efforts to foster multilingualism. The commission's collection of about 1 million sentences and their high-quality translations in 22 of the 23 official European Union languages--including those...
Four for the Air and the Sea: NOAA Librarians Took Different Paths to the Profession
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is a small agency within the mammoth federal government. Yet every aspect of this organization affects the daily life of virtually every American: weather forecasting service, coastal protection...
Get Dirty, Harry, and Take on Those Unpopular Projects: If You Want to Do a Better Job, Get Uncomfortable, Stretch for the Difficult Goals, Even If You Can't Quite Reach Them
Followers of this column know that I love anecdotes, and will not be surprised that I loved the recent article in CIO summarizing a successful CIO's advice on career paths, "It Worked for Me: Career Advice from Top CIOs" (http://www.cio.com/article/177550/)....
Intelligence Reform Brings New Opportunities for Info Pros
Ninety percent of intelligence comes from open sources. The other 10 percent, the clandestine work, is just the more dramatic. The real intelligence hero is Sherlock Holmes, not James Bond (Friedman, 1998). --Lieutenant General Sam Wilson, former director,...
In the Future, Quality Service Will Continue to Be Prized: People in Generation Y May Have Different Expectations, but They Still Value Libraries-And the Services They Offer
I recently attended the SLA Leadership Summit as the president-elect of the Western Canada Chapter. Among the most interesting discussions taking place were those relating to the perception of SLA as an association, and special librarians as a profession,...
Putting Meat on the Bones of Innovation Ideas for SLA: Four Initiatives Will Mark a Year of New Activities in Technology, Learning, and Networking
Well, we've returned from our successful annual Leadership Summit in Louisville Kentucky. It was a wonderful exercise in lubricating the gears of SLA. We talked; we networked; we listed; we trained; we learned. SLA is strong and the momentum is building....
The Thesaurus Challenge: Creating a Useful Thesaurus Isn't for the Unschooled or the Faint of Heart. Non-Believers Should Try to Find Something on You Tube, Where Amateurs Tag the Videos
This article is about onomasticons, or perhaps onomasticonography. Wait! Don't check the cover to see if you've picked up the wrong magazine. You probably know these things by their more general name, "thesauri," without which you wouldn't be able...
This Blog Compiles Substantive Research from Other Bloggers: And for the Inside Scoop on Wall Street, Business, and Anything Else That Comes to Jeff Matthews's Mind, Here's Another Blog of Note
Research Blogging www.researchblogging.org Here's a blog that compiles posts about peer-reviewed research from other blogs. It's one-stop reading for those who are looking for substantive content in a world where authority is not always present....