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. 14, No. 2, March

10 Questions: Gimena Campos Cervera: Growing Up in a Country Where the Government Tried to Control Access to Information Taught the Recipient of the 2009 SLA International Award to Value Librarians and the Role They Play
At the 2009 SLA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Gimena Campos Cervera was given the SLA International Award in recognition of her instrumental role in organizing an annual international conference on libraries in the 21st century, which has...
A New Decade of Change: Are We Ready Yet? When Considering New Technologies for Your Library or Information Center, Keep in Mind That Users of These Technologies Will Have Different Adoption Strategies
A few years ago, I wrote in this column about an idea I had whereby we could learn new things and technologies in small increments. I suggested tracking our learning topics and progress using the 43Things.com Web site. The inestimable Helene Blowers...
Five Information Professionals Named SLA Fellows
Two academic librarians, a consultant, a marketing professional, and a legal librarian have been named SLA Fellows for '2010 in recognition of their past, present and future service to the association and the information profession. The honorees--Rebecca...
Learn What the Thinkers Are Thinking About: Think Tank City Keeps an Eye on More Than 30 Policy Research Organizations and Lets You Know What's on Their Minds
Think Tank City thinktankcity.com/ This "online marketplace of ideas" brings together the work of 30-plus policy research organizations, including the Pew Research Center, the Urban Institute and the Wilson Center. The site collects the content...
Life beyond the Library: While We Cannot Always Anticipate Career Opportunities That Arise, We Can Put Ourselves in Position to Take Advantage of Them
Information professionals have access to a robust range of career opportunities that are not necessarily available to other professions. Sometimes, options for new career paths arise unexpectedly, such as emerging job opportunities caused by new technologies...
Networking Secrets for Managers: Thinking of Moving Up or out? Identify the 'Career Influencers' Who Can Help You Get Hired or Promoted or Take Your Career in a Whole New Direction
Whether you currently hold a management position or aspire to be a manager one. day, the key to a long, successful career is having a powerful professional network. People are the jet fuel behind your career. Networking strategically can not only...
Reducing Document Delivery Costs and Improving Services: Competition among Document Delivery Service Providers Has Been Driving Down Costs and Spurring Innovation, Offering Librarians an Opportunity to Cut Costs and Increase Customer Satisfaction
Regardless of whether your information center budget is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable, the need for you to provide more value-added services and transparent information content resources is more critical than ever. The economic recession...
Salaries of Special Librarians Rise Again in 2009
Average salaries of information professionals in the United States and Canada rose in 2009, the third consecutive year they increased, according to the annual salary survey sponsored by the Special Libraries Association. "I am very encouraged to...
Stakeholders Find Common Ground on Balancing Public Access, Scholarly Publishing
Specific embargo periods between the time of publication and that of public access should be established for peer-reviewed journal articles containing data and findings from federal research grants, according to a group of representatives from university...
The Illusion of Authority, the Centrality of Influence: As They Leave the Library Behind and Move into Management Positions, Information Professionals Will Acquire More Authority-And Learn That It Has Its Limits
Anyone who tries to get things done in an organization will, at times, long for more formal authority to force compliance from the people and departments necessary to accomplish important objectives. While this is a perfectly natural desire, it is...
Thinking outside the Basket: As the Economy Begins to Recover, Start Preparing Yourself Now for the Job You've Always Wanted
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket." A lot of investors no doubt wish they had heeded that age-old advice a couple of years ago and diversified their portfolios. But diversification does not apply only to money; it is an excellent career strategy...
Transitioning Up or Out: Keeping Your Skills Current and Learning from Others Can Position You to Take Advantage of Opportunities in Management or Start Your Own Business
Avery wise library school professor told me that you never know where your career may take you, and developing the skills and strategies needed to move up (or out) can only expand your opportunities. This advice is especially true in today's challenging...
Using My Education, Developing My Skills: 'Soft' Skills Such as Communication Are Essential for Success in Managerial Roles, but Librarians at All Levels Could Benefit from Learning about Them
After graduating from college and completing my student teaching requirements, I entered the world of my dream job--a high school social studies teacher. As with many dream jobs, the reality of teaching proved to be quite different from what I had...
With Independence Comes Challenges: A Traditional Education and Career Provide Librarians with Useful Skills, but Additional Capabilities Are Needed to Be Successful as an Independent Info Pro
Do traditional library education and experience prepare you to be an independent information professional? What are the challenges of running a business, and do you need additional skills? I earned a library degree in the 1970s from the University...