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. 10, October

3ms Part II
Don't worry, I am not going to preach about manners again, nor inundate you with my dear, departed mother's epithets. This time the three Ms are Manage, Manage, Manage. Personally I have never had a problem with the L word, and am quite happy to...
A To-Do List for September
It's truly saddening to see the images transmitted from the southern United States in recent weeks, as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have wreaked havoc and brought absolute devastation to cities like New Orleans. While the people living in Alabama, Louisiana,...
First-Hand Thoughts on the Storm
Obviously, our first thoughts as information professionals must go to all the people who have suffered personal loss and dislocation as a result of the hurricane. I watched the disaster unfold in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast from the relative...
Gartner Highlights Key Emerging Technologies
From corporate blogging to carbon nanotubes and speech recognition to service-oriented architecture, the 2005 Gartner Hype Cycle highlights the progression of an emerging technology from conception, to market over-enthusiasm, through a period of disillusionment,...
How Search Engine Marketing Tools Can Work for You: Or, Searching Is Really All about Finding
Summary This is the second of three articles. Part 1 appeared in the August issue of Information Outlook. Search engine optimization and marketing covers a wide range of activities, many of which are similar to what a reference librarian, systems...
Info Pros Respond to Disaster: Rallying to Help Employers and Each Other
Sunday, September 11, was the first time in two weeks 27-year-old Brent Hightower had a day to relax. He spent the day with new friends and some old familiar faces at a barbeque in Baton Rouge and then watched his beloved Saints lead a 23-20 victory...
National Archives to Aid in Preservation
The National Archives has launched several initiatives to aid in the recovery of original records in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana that have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. The initiatives include the following: * At the...
SLA's Response to Natural Disasters
Tsunami, flood, hurricane, or earthquake--what role can SLA play in the aftermath of a natural disaster? How can information professionals be of assistance? Following the tsunami of December 26, 2004, SLA set out to answer these questions. Then-President...
The Importance of Being Ear-Nest: You Might Hear What They're Saying, but Are You Really Listening?
Recently my husband and I hosted a holiday gathering for a group of family members that included his parents and sister. After dinner, the five of us were languorous from the heavy meal but still eager for conversation and the chance to catch up on...
Tips to Boost Innovation for You and Your Library: Part 3
We're finally at part three of this series. Here are the final 10 tips and a bonus tip. (If you missed the first two parts, check out Information Outlook for August and September 2005). 1. Understand the adoption curve. I love the adoption curve....
Web Sites Worth a Click
MyPyramid.gov www.mypyramid.gov Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a revised "food pyramid," which continues to serve as a nutritional guide for those interested in a healthy lifestyle. The new pyramid, based on the...
Work and Personal Life Balance
I had just completed a stressful week of multiple key deadlines--deadlines that have an impact on whether my organization will have the funding for several new projects--when I happened upon an article delivered to my e-mail from the Ivey Business...