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. 10, No. 2, February

43 Things I (or You) Might Want to Do This Year
43 Things is a cool site. It's ideal for tracking and working on your personal progress to learn new things. I like to think of it as tracking play. Remember your goals for the day as a child? Build a fort. Make an ashtray out of the batch of clay...
A High School Library Volunteer Follows Her Dream
People tend to have the illusion that they choose their careers in life. It's a common misconception. Each of us truly believes that we have looked logically at the best choices available based upon likes, available schooling, growth potential, salary...
Coming Events
February 2006 8th International Bielefeld Conference Bielefeld University Library 7-9 February 2006 Bielefeld, Germany http://conference.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/2006 ECURE 2006: Preservation and Access for Digital College and University...
CoPs --Developing Relationships, Fostering Learning
TAcommunities.org is one of several forums available as part of a technical assistance initiative to exchange strategies and ideas to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. The initiative was created by the U.S. Department of Education's...
Government Information Pros: A Diversity of Roles First of a Two Parts
The relatively new SLA Government Information Division (DGI) provides connections for information professionals who support government institutions and for those outside of the government sector who use local, state, federal, and international government...
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...
Integrating the New Librarian into Your Library
When you post a job opening for a librarian with your library, you have probably already decided what level of experience/expertise you require for this position. The unique attributes of each candidate who applies for a position you post, whether...
Market Research for Libraries
Who are your patrons? What are their needs? These seemingly simple questions have complex answers. In this era of online, end-user focused resources, patrons and their requirements have evolved. Capturing that evolution using classic methods like surveys...
Politics, Public Policy, and Boiling Pots of Water
As the lead in SLA's public policy program, one part of my job that I find very satisfying is that I'm fortunate to be involved almost every day in conversations with smart, thoughtful, caring people. These good people are dedicated to creating, influencing,...
The Future Is Coming-Fast!
With 2006 in full swing, we now look to harness the momentum of a successful SLA Leadership Summit in Houston and make some great things happen. There are lots of issues on the table for us to discuss in the coming weeks and months--many regarding...
The Learning Engine: Building Capabilities through Communities of Practice
Managing information and leveraging knowledge within organizations creates a strategic advantage through the development of efficient business practice, resulting in increased productivity. A prominent strategy for achieving this state is developing...
What's New about Innovation?
In his speech at SLA's annual conference in Toronto Don Tapscott referred to the invention of the blackboard and its enormous impact on education. He used this example as an analogy for explaining that some of the greatest innovations did not come...