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. 11, No. 9, September

An Info Island or the Kitchen Sink: When You Think about Federated Search Engines, Think about What You'll Include in the Searches
Now that federated search engine software is more affordable and technically easier to implement, more medium and small libraries may be able to offer their patrons this popular "Google-like" interface. If your library decides to build a federated...
Becoming Digital: She Began Her Career in the Paper Age, before Google's Founders Were Born. Then She Got a Job as a Digital Librarian
Pam Osborne was born, trained, and raised professionally as an analog librarian. When she received her MLS in 1972, index-card catalogues reigned, printed books and journals were the only true source of information and reference, Bill Gates was writing...
Bloggers' Entries Help Oxford Track Language for Dictionaries: Updates on the Information Profession-And SLA
To understand how the English language is developing, researchers at Oxford Dictionaries monitor how it is being used by everyone, everywhere, every day. They look at newspapers, magazines, and fiction--and blogs. Here's a report from the people...
Employee Learning May Outrank Customers-First Initiatives: A Well-Prepared Staff Leads to Well-Served Customers, More Innovation, Less Turnover, Greater Success
September always makes me think of returning to school, even in those years when I'm not attending classes or teaching. Although for many organizations January is the time to do overall planning for the year, the academic calendar tends to act as a...
Federated Search at the Intel Library: From Requirements to Implementation
Intel employees' expectations for information search, discovery, and retrieval continue to be influenced by popular Internet technologies. Employees expect Intel Library information access to be as easy and convenient as their favorite Internet search...
How Can We Make Innovation Spread through Our Organizations? Tell Your Stories, Experiment, Play with New Technologies-And, above All, Communicate
In June, I participated on a keynote panel at the SLA Annual Conference where we considered innovation. Later, I participated on the second annual ALA LITA Great Debate panel at the American Library Association conference in D.C. I spent the week of...
It's a Good Time of Year to Reflect on Your Career: There's a Well-Qualified Slate of Candidates in the SLA Board Elections This Month. It's Your Job to Vote
The summer is turning to fall in North America. There is a touch of autumn in the air. As another academic year begins on the campus at the University of North Carolina, I pause momentarily to reflect on the incoming class of future information professionals....
National Geographic's Green Guide Offers Info on the Environment; and If You're Planning a Trip, Here Are Two Sites: One May Help You Catch a Plane; the Other May Keep You from Catching a Disease
The Green Guide www.thegreenguide.com Not just "organic": The Green Guide, acquired by the National Geographic Society in March, focuses on providing planet-friendly environmental and health information to the public. On the product side, the site...
The More the Info, the More Important the Info Pro: The Information Explosion Hasn't Changed the Principles of Finding the Best Stuff
Mary Ellen Bates president and founder of Bates Information Services, is an expert in customized information research. A frequent speaker at SLA conferences, Bates has written or co-written six books and nearly 300 articles and white papers on research...
Understanding the Finances of Your Department-And Your Company-Is a Key Responsibility: If Your Top Management Doesn't Distribute All the Numbers, Use Your Info Resources to Get the Details
It's all about the money. Whether you work in the private sector or the public sector, someone has to pick up the tab. Even the public sector is being forced to be more financially accountable and become more business-oriented. As you, the information...