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. 5, May

A Brief but Intense Job: At Work in the Main Press Center Library at the 2004 Olympics
In summer 2004, Athens hosted the world's most significant athletic event, the Olympic Games, which returned home to Athens for the first time since they were revived in 1896. Among the people who contributed to the games' success were volunteers who...
How to React To-And Manage-Change
In previous columns, I have written about many important and practical management skills, from project management to performance planning. One important underlying skill for the successful management of all such activities is the ability to manage...
If You're Flexible, Adaptable, and Willing to Take Risks: It's a Great Time to Be an Information Professional
If you think the information profession has changed over the last few years, you ain't seen nothing yet. Change will continue--and you'll have to adapt and lead or you'll be left behind, says T. Scott Plutchak, associate professor and director of...
Next Generation Interlibrary Loan: Not Even Close to Dead
Whenever I hear a powerful story about the impact of library services, I save it. Real-life stories bring richness to the information experience that is impossible to create with facts and figures. At the ILL Conference in 2004, two library users at...
Seven Helpful Steps to Get You to the Top: Libraries Are People-Based Places and Our Profession Is Very Much a Relationship Business. Don't Underestimate the Importance of Networking
Librarians can climb to the top of the profession through many different avenues. In my 35-year career, I've been fortunate to work as a librarian in many different roles, from advancing to a senior position at the National Library of Medicine to working...
Stay Ahead of the Curve
If I come out of a presentation or seminar with at least two ideas to follow up on or a couple statements that inspire me, I leave a happy man. I cannot promise that I actually act on any of them, but I am full of good intentions, and they are there...
Strategies for Climbing the Corporate Ladder
Beta Phi Mu is an international organization founded in 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students. Each year, the Washington, D.C., chapter,...
Strategy Guru Gary Hamel to Be Closing Keynoter
Business strategist Gary Hamel will deliver the keynote address at the closing general session of SLA's 2005 Annual Conference in Toronto. "Gary Hamel is one of the most sought after management speakers in the world. He is an expert on innovation,...
Taking Charge of Your Career
There are no secret recipes for a successful career. Librarians more than ever have an opportunity to chart their own future. It is essential for library school students and information professionals at the beginning of their careers to understand...
Thank You for an Awesome Year!
Greetings: It is hard to believe that this is my last presidential column for Information Outlook. My year as president has been awesome--a word many of our young colleagues use. I prefer to use "groovy!" I thought I would recap some of the adventures...
Web Sites Worth a Click
With this month's column, we begin a series on blogs. Over the next few issues, I'll explore some blogs of interest for information professionals, and then provide more information about the blogging world. Previously, I've written about the ResourceShelf...