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. 3, No. 9, September

Budgeting Process in Full-Swing
The association is currently in full-swing with the budgeting processing for FY 2000. The FY 2000 budgeting process, which is quite complex actually began last winter when staff developed program philosophies and financial assumptions for the Board...
Cataloging as a Customer Service: Applying Knowledge to Technology Tools
At the end of the nineteenth century, the librarian's role in the society was mostly educational. At the end of the twentieth century, it is no longer a lofty mission of enlightenment. Librarianship has become a professional information service. If...
Continuing Disputes between Writers and Journal Publishers
Over the past couple of years two important cases have considered the issue of whether freelance writers are entitled to additional royalties when periodical publishers make their magazines and journals available in electronic format or when a document...
Future Waves: Digital Genres and the Virtual Office
On the last afternoon of the conference, over seventy people went to hear recent SLA Steven I. Goldspiel Memorial Research grant award recipients, Andrew Dillon and Claire R. McInerney, speak on the results from their respective studies, "Understanding...
Innovations from a Distance: SLA's Top-Notch Educational Programs
On June 30, SLA's Professional Development department launched its newest distance learning program. The debut of the Real-Time Desktop Courses, sponsored by the West Group, was well received. These exciting new instructor-led, real-time courses closely...
Portals, Portals, Everywhere
The term "portal" is quickly becoming a standard, though changing, part of our Internet and Intranet lexicon. It's difficult to pick up a trade magazine these days without reading about portals or portal technologies. Lucent is partnering with Sprint...
SPOTLIGHT on SLA Members: An Interview with Paul O'Pecko, Librarian at the Mystic Seaport G.W. Blunt White Library
Our collection is particularly strong on nineteenth and early twentieth century shipping matters, so we receive requests from genealogists looking for the ship that brought their ancestor to this country; from archaeologists trying to identify a shipwreck...
Taking Charge of Your Professional Life: A Special Librarian's Guide to Greater Work Satisfaction
To avoid being held captive by work lives which hold little satisfaction for them, professionals - particularly those in the burgeoning area of information technology and management - need to occasionally and purposefully reassess not only the work...
The Missing Link
Think you're an obvious component of knowledge management? Think again. No, this is not a librarian-bashing column. It's just the opposite. As the knowledge management craze leaves the "hot trend" phase and enters the "Okay, what are we really going...
Value Has Many Faces: Communication Is Key
Influence. Persuade. Negotiate. Share knowledge. All of these elements of communication will be required as you create and sell a compelling proposition for your value. Increasing the value of information professionals in general, but individual...