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. 7, July

As Easy as Jumping off a Cliff: For Deborah Hunt, Getting Started as an Information Professional Was
Thirty years ago, Deborah Hunt stood on the edge of a precipice. Behind her was her formal education; before her was a grand canyon of uncertainties, yet not far away was a ledge that offered a foothold onto a mountain of opportunity. Hunt took a leap...
BB, X and Y
Those of you who follow my column will know that I keep batting on about the importance of professionalism. After attending my 11th SLA Annual Conference, I am pleased to announce that there is hope for us yet. One of my lasting impressions of the...
Islands in the Stream
Islands in the stream That is what we are. No one in-between How can we be wrong? Sail away with me to another world. And we rely on each other, ah-ah. From one lover to another, ah-ah. Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and the Bee Gees....
Libraries and Competition: Intelligence for Management and Strategy
Among library and information science professionals, competitive intelligence (CI) and market intelligence (MI) are primarily considered processes and activities applicable to operating businesses. Moreover, there is the common belief that intelligence...
Making Virtual Library Staffing a Reality
Imagine hiring employees you have never met and are never likely to meet. You will conduct your working relationships via email, chat, and phone. Is this pushing the telecommuting solution too far? Most case studies to date involve having a current...
Reprography Collectives
Although the focus of this column is copyright issues, this month we will examine a number of other areas related to copyright that often arise when discussing copyright issues. We will look at these issues in terms of creating enterprise-wide policies...
Sla 2006
Increasing Membership Tops Priorities New SLA President Rebecca B. Vargha sees an organization that focuses its "talent and energies on creating a strong and vibrant forum for learning, teaching and innovation throughout the world." In a brief speech...
Succession Planning
Although there have been a number of articles written about the coming crisis of leadership in many large library systems, this column on succession planning looks at the issues related to special libraries. We may work alone or with a number of colleagues,...
The First Step Is to Start Together
Becoming president of SLA is the beginning of a journey for me, one that began early in my career. Much of who I am and what I have learned comes from where I was raised in North Carolina, and who taught me. I did not arrive here alone. North Carolina...
"Time" Is Most Common Noun
We like to be punctual, we expect our trains to run to schedule, and many of us spend our working day watching the clock. Now the new revised 11th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary can officially confirm that we are indeed ruled by time....
Web Sites Worth a Click
In a previous column, I wrote about LISTA, a free bibliographic database from EBSCO that is devoted to LIS literature. This month, I'm featuring open access LIS-related journals. Too often, we go to the same places to get information. Try a new journal,...