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. 11, November

Al Gore to Speak at 2007 Conference in Denver
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will deliver the opening keynote address during the 2007 SLA Annual Conference in Denver June 3-7, 2007. Gore will speak to conference participants on Sunday, June 3, during the LexisNexis-sponsored opening general...
Beyond Elevator Speeches! A Process for Influence
My airplane book this month is How to Have a Beautiful Mind by Edward de Bono (Vermillion). It's a great book. I don't know how I missed it when it came out in 2004 since I love to read de Bono. Anyway, it's about how to be interesting and how to chat...
How to Make Your Idea Stick: It Takes More Than Knowledge to Craft a Memorable Message
If you have important information to communicate--say, about the value of your position to your organization--you want to make sure your audience remembers it. You want to make it stick. Charts, graphs, and tables of statistics may not be the best...
Interpreting the Copyright [C] Symbol
Some people believe that if a work does not bear a copyright symbol, then that work is not protected by copyright law. This is not true. In most circumstances, the use of the copyright symbol is not mandatory. However, the symbol [c] is used universally...
Knowledge Sharing and Copyright at AstraZeneca
Mick Archer faced the kind of challenge three years ago that comes along only a few times in the careers of most corporate librarians. As virtual library portfolio manager for AstraZeneca, Archer was assigned to help get an efficient, global grip on...
Member Salaries Continue to Outpace Inflation
Average salary increases for SLA members have outpaced inflation again, although by a lesser margin than last year, according to responses to the 2006 SLA Salary Survey. Based on salaries as of April 1, the mean percentage increase in salaries for...
More Marathons to Come: A Retiring Info Pro Looks Back on His Career-And Ahead To
Jose G. Escarilla Jr. has been called a brat, Good Samaritan, troublemaker, spoiled, a global freeloader, Jose Loco, and a survivor. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] And that's just from his friends and associates. On December 22, SLA member Escarilla...
Revitalizing a Brand: The NIH Library Story; Addressing the Problem Meant Change Needed to Occur
In conversations with customers about your library or information center, do you notice their eyes glazing over? Is the "corporate" buzz about your brand more like a drone? If yes, maybe it is time for an infusion of energy and ideas. Here's how the...
Stuck in the Middle (Management)
On a recent trip to England, I read some interesting articles on how to be a better employee and on the types of concerns that specifically weigh upon managers. There are many books and articles with advice on being a good manager. I always scan these...
Tales from the Trenches: Using Today's Technology, Planning for Tomorrow's
Information Outlook frequently publishes articles on how changes in technology have affected information professionals. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Regular IO contributor Cybele Werts--an information specialist for WestEd's Northeast Regional Resource...
The Benefits of Volunteer Involvement
As we complete the last quarter of the year, it is time to reflect on where we are as an association. Part of assessing our current state is to decide where we want to go as a professional organization. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There are exciting...