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. 9, No. 12, December

7 Steps for Sourcing Information Products
Sourcing information products is a complex exercise involving many variables. In today's uncertain business climate, information budgets are sensitive to scrutiny and constantly under threat. In many cases, information professionals are faced with...
Call for Papers
SLA Baltimore 2006: Where Tradition and Transformation Converge SLA is accepting papers for presentation at its Annual Conference June 11-14, 2006, in Baltimore, and for publication on its Web site. The papers will not be formally peer reviewed....
Creative Chaos: Innovation in Special Libraries
One of the most valuable attributes of librarianship is the creation of order--be that systems, structures, or processes. Librarians collect, arrange, make accessible and disseminate information and information materials in all formats--books, text,...
Don't Forget the 'Beanies'
A number of things recently have reminded me of my previous existence as a UK accountant. We have recently gone through the annual budget process, and although I have a small budget in monetary terms, I devour the process with the enthusiasm of a kid...
Face Time: The Power of Person-to-Person Marketing
In an age when our clients increasingly reach us through virtual means--via phone, e-mail, instant messaging, or a virtual reference desk--we often overlook the importance of face-to-face contact. Face-to-face contact demands an immediate response....
How to Write for Information Outlook
SLA's monthly magazine is written primarily by and for information professionals. INFORMATION OUTLOOK interprets the news and covers trends and issues that affect information professionals in a global environment. If you know of an interesting improvement...
Loss Prevention Strategies for the 21st Century Library: Why Theft Prevention Should Be High Priority
Part 1 Theft prevention should top the list for librarians who have physical collections, because theft causes a huge loss in library time, resources, and money that prevention measures can reduce significantly. Anti-theft measures need not be expensive....
Peter Drucker: A Life of Knowledge
Peter Drucker, who died on November 11, eight days before his 96th birthday, was not only the world's top authority on management, but a lifelong admirer of librarians. He was the keynote speaker at the 2002 SLA Annual Conference in Los Angeles. ...
Recruiting Advocates for Information Services: They Are Waiting to Be Asked
Essential information services--and the people who deliver them--continue to face tough times. That's not a news flash to anyone reading this article. It's also not an invitation to complacency. There are tools to soften the reality. [ILLUSTRATION...
Remembering 2005
This time of year often reminds us to reflect on the past and look forward to an exciting new year. For SLA and the global community of information professionals, 2005 was particularly exciting because it brought a range of transitions that I believe...
SLA Extends Member Benefits for Disaster Victims
SLA is extending the membership benefits of dozens of members around the world who have been adversely affected by recent natural disasters of global magnitude. The one-year extensions are being provided gratis and without request or application...
Web 2.0 - Huh?! Library 2.0, Librarian 2.0
Recently I was asked if some software applications I was involved in were Web 2.0 compliant. This was amusing and distressing on so many levels. It's amusing because what is being called Web 2.0 isn't a "standard" in almost any sense of the word. It's...
Web Sites Worth a Click
Directory of International Film & Video Festivals www.britfilms.com/festivals One might think of film festivals as a place for the glitterati to socialize and congratulate each other. That might be true of the Cannes Film Festival (although...