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. 11, November

All I Really Need to Know, I Learned on the Walls of Our Conference Room
Several years ago, our friend and colleague Bill Baker commented that organizations have been training the wrong people. Instead of spending time and energy developing more skilled facilitators, he said, they should develop group members' skills as the...
An Expert to the Experts: Mining Diverse Databases Leads to a Career in Diverse Fields-And a Connection between Librarianship and Fundraising
For more than 30 years, Sharon M. Gray has worked in the information industry. She has held several titles and has been employed by many firms and organizations, but at the core, she has always remained a special librarian. She has retained the tenets...
An SLA Salary Survey First: European Countries Included; Pay for U.S. and Canadian Info Pros Continues to Increase Faster Than the Rates of Inflation in Each Country
For the first time SLA's salary survey, includes the members of SLA Europe as well as members located in the U.S. and Canada. The response rates for all areas were very similar at around 40 percent. Because all four sets of data--U.S., Canada, U.K.,...
A Time of Accomplishment and Success, and a Time to Face the Challenges Ahead: SLA Is Its Members and We All Share in Our Achievements. Thanks for Your Help along the Way
In my first column as SLA president almost 18 months ago, I invited you to join me on a new journey. As my presidency began, we had the opportunity to create a specific roadmap for the growth of SLA, and your help was essential. I thank all of you...
Info Pros Can Chart a Path to Excellence by Adopting Principles of Management; Using an Evidence-Based, Value-Based, or Value Innovation Approach Will Aid in Decision-Making and Communicate Your Worth to the Organization
Librarianship, being naturally a cross-discipline profession, tends to adopt and adapt concepts from many industries and professions. Particularly in the special library environment, we are adept at creating library best practices by taking the most...
Learn More about Government Resources with New Blog by Federal Employees: Or Check out Bargains, Restaurants, Internet Radio Stations-And Don't Forget Open-Access Journals
GovGab: Your U.S. Government Blog http://blog.usa.gov/roller/govgab Some U.S. government employees have gotten together and created a blog to share bits of consumer information from federal Web sites in a very readable way. The tone is familiar...
New Click University Program Will Strengthen SLA Members' Professional Qualifications in KM: Three Certificate Programs Will Launch in January-Knowledge Management, Knowledge Services, and Another That Combines the Two Disciplines
As its centenary approaches, SLA is having great success in matching membership services to members' identified needs. SLA's vision--focusing on advocacy, networking, and learning--exists for one purpose: to support knowledge workers in their professional...
SLA and You: Unleash Your Potential; Want to Learn New Skills? Give Something Back to the Profession? Increase Your Professional Network? One Member Shares Her Views on How to Do It
December is closing in and many of us are thinking about the goals for the next year. In addition to the usual personal resolutions, have you thought of making a professional one? It's easy to make a goal to improve one's physical health, but too many...
The Personal Information Trainer: Information Training as a No-Extra-Cost Employee Benefit Can Improve Recruitment and Retention-And Enhance the Library's Value Proposition
Regardless of the fact-based optimism of our profession that sees itself at or near the center of the information age, others do not always share that perception. When we understand our value--but others only see the costs--our positions and influence...
You Can Take It with You: Online Apps Help Road Warriors; Google and Newcomer Zoho Offer Suites of Office and Productivity Software You Can Use Anywhere You Have a Connection to the Web
When I was a baby librarian, my mindset was that librarianship was practiced in libraries. It seemed logical, and I never dreamed that mindset would become such an artifact of another age. Then I found myself spending my early career in special...
Zamora Wins President-Elect Vote
Gloria Zamora, a 30-year information industry veteran, has been elected SLA president for its centennial year. Chosen by members in online balloting in September and October, she will become president-elect in January 2008 and move up to the presidency...