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. 7, No. 12, December

69th IFLA General Conference and Council: Sharing Views, Exchanging Ideas, and Networking Globally
Introduction The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) held its 69th IFLA General Conference and Council in Berlin, Germany, from August 1 to 9, 2003. SLA was an exhibitor at the conference, and had great interactions...
Database Legislation
Once again the U.S. Congress is considering database legislation to protect even uncopyrightable databases. For many years collections of facts such as print or electronic databases were protected by copyright under the sweat of the brow doctrine....
Executive Outlook
Our vision: The Special Libraries Association is the global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. Our mission: The Special Libraries Association promotes and strengthens its members through learning,...
Leading SLA into the Future ... Help Identify Members with Board Potential
This is the time of year that the Nominating Committee goes into high gear. The Committee will meet at the SLA-Leadership Summit (formerly Winter Meeting) in Albuquerque to recommend a slate of nominees to the Board for the 2004-2005 Association year....
Memory Triggers
Sure, "branding" is a hot buzzword, but how does it really work? How does our brain remember what we've seen or heard? How do we recall our experiences? What triggers recognition? Think about it. The answers to these questions hold the keys to successful...
Nearly $10 Million Awarded to Recruit and Educate Next Generation of Librarians: Federal Grants to Off-Set Critical National Shortage of Librarians Due to Retirement
According to reports, 40% of America's library directors plan to retire in 9 years or less. And, according to the July 2000 Monthly Labor Review, in 1998 57% of professional librarians were age 45 or older. Based on 1990 Census data almost 58% of professional...
SLA 2004 Buyer's Guide & Directory of Manufacturers & Suppliers
Welcome to the 2004 Information Outlook Buyer's Guide to Products and Services This year's edition features more than 50 categories, which include companies that manufacture or distribute products and services used by special librarians and informational...
The Internet and Harry Potter: What Users Want; Users Seek a Variety of Formats
Information in digital form is valuable, heterogeneous, and voluminous beyond our experience. Over the next few years, the advent of digital cinema, streaming video and audio over the Internet, and high-definition television will add to the quantity...
The Law of Unintended Consequences
Rob Norton, former economics editor at Fortune, says that "the law of unintended consequences, often cited but rarely defined, is that actions of people--and especially of government--always have effects that are unanticipated or 'unintended.' Economists...
The Librarianship Conference Report: Convincing Evidence; Seeking out the Best Available Evidence
In the January 2003 issue of Information Outlook, SLA's Research Committee, along with Joanne Gard Marshall, discussed how SLA's research statement is based on the concept of evidence-based librarianship (EBL). (1) EBL was developed by medical librarians...
Tulsa City-County Library Receives Award
The Tulsa City-County Library received the first Federal Depository Library of the Year award. Forward thinking, superior customer service and Internet savvy: That is how a third of a million library users in Tulsa, Oklahoma describe their public library....