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. 6, June

33 Reasons Why Libraries and Librarians Are Still Extremely Important: This Article, Reprinted from Degree Tutor, May Seem to Focus on Public Libraries-But There Is Wisdom Here for All Info Pros
Many predict that the digital age will wipe public bookshelves clean, and permanently end the centuries-old era of libraries. Technology's baffling prowess and progress even has at least one librarian predicting the institution's demise. (1) He...
A Gem of a Plan: Gemological Institute of America Recovery Plan Sets Procedures for 50 Different Disasters
During a gathering of SLA members, the topic of disaster planning came up in conversation. "We don't have to worry about it," said one person, expressing the attitude that it is up to the administration of her organization to plan for such things....
An Indonesian Institution: A Singular Info Pro with a Singular Name Develops Networks around the World
"I honestly don't know why I wanted to become a special librarian," SLA member Widharto said. "Like many other librarians I know, I had never planned on becoming one. By chance, I got a job as documentalist at SEAMEO BIOTROP in Bogor, Indonesia. As...
Coming Events
CLICK U Live! For more information on these SLA online seminars--and to register--go to www.sla.org/clickulive. AUGUST 14 Moving to Knowledge Services: Managing the Change and Identifying Advocates and Champions 22 Financial Management...
Copyright Training in the Corporate World: Employee Mistakes Can Lead to Infringement. Infringement Can Lead to Lawsuits. Lawsuits Can Cost Millions. A Little Education Can Save a Lot of Trouble
"Wait, you mean I can't just take an article off the Internet and email it? But I thought anything on the Internet is public?" "If someone emails me an article then it's OK for me to send it to someone else, right?" "I thought if we have a licensing...
Customer Service Planning Is Essential to Developing Info Center Procedures: Your Staff Needs to Know How to Work with Clients-And Your Clients Need to Know What to Expect
Customer service underlies everything we do in the special library, from how we structure ourselves to the methods we employ to make information readily available to our users, and more. Much of the customer service foundation is implicit in the work...
E.U. Commission Study Predicts Huge Growth in Online Content
Revenue from online content will reach [euro]8.3 billion by 2010 in Europe, a growth of more than 400 percent in five years, says a new study for the European Commission. For the most advanced sectors, online content will represent a significant...
Generation Y What Can We Do for You?
A newly earned MLIS isn't necessarily a ticket to an instant career. A few years ago, around the time I was starting graduate school, forecasters were expecting a shortage of information professionals as Baby Boomers retired from the workforce....
How Many Canaries Are There in Your Mine? Are You Listening for When They Stop Singing? Pay Attention. It's What You Don't Hear That May Be Most Important
My grandfather escaped (his words) the turn of the century coal miner's life in Yorkshire England where all of his brothers were miners. If you've ever seen the pictures of old style, pre-mechanization coal mining, semi-naked men removing rock with...
Librarians and Second Life: It's a Source of Information, a Platform for Networking, an Opportunity to Try out New Approaches before You Take Them to the Real World
There is plenty of buzz about the online phenomenon Second Life. Google it ("second life" + virtual) and you'll get more than 7 million returns. Yahoo! produces nearly 6 million; Ask. com, 577,000. It has been covered in Time, Newsweek, Business...
Looking for an Event? This Site Tracks Concerts, Exhibits and More: Looking for a Word? Here's a Reverse Dictionary That Can Help You Find the Perfect Bon Mot
Eventful http://eventful.com What's going on in the world? Find out about museum exhibits, fundraisers, festivals, concerts, and even store events in your area or one that you are planning to visit. (Denver events, anyone?) The "demand" feature...
More Bang for Your Buck: Considering a Subscription Agent? Here Are Some Questions to Ask When You Interview Prospective Providers
We all know that time is money. Vendors can be partners in making work easier. One area to consider is how e-journals and subscriptions are handled within your organization and libraries. Should you work with publishers directly? Use a vendor? Negotiate...
SLA Continues Talks with EPA: Library Closures Frozen, Agency Says; Updates on the Information Professional and SLA
Officials of SLA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met recently to clarify media reports that libraries were closing and materials were being discarded within the EPA's regional library network. During an earlier meeting at SLA Headquarters,...
"Stack 'Em High, Sell 'Em Cheap" Not Just for Retail Superstores: Lots of Links-For More Than Work-Related Web Sites-Will Keep Your Clients Glued to Your Intranet
It has been busy, busy, busy this month with attendances at a D.C. libraries joint spring workshop and Information Today's Computers in Libraries conference, and preparing a major bash for my 60th. For the latter, I have walked around more stores...
Technology as a Catalyst for Personal and Organizational Change
I live pretty close to Boston, which is often described as an "unplanned" city. That means it expanded naturally from its roots, a functional evolution arising from the needs of Bostonians over the last few hundred years. Those of you who have tried...
What's the Future Hold for Info Pros? Plenty-Many Think Yours Is a "Hot" Job: U.S. News, Parade Magazine, Kiplinger All Say "Librarian" Is a Top Career
As SLA members throughout the world gather for the 2007 Annual Conference and Exposition in Denver, I would like to discuss a few of my thoughts about the future of the information profession. The staff and I have focused much of our time and attention...