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. 14, No. 7, October-November

10 Questions: Jeffrey Aubuchon: Helping Doctors Reduce Infant Mortality or HIV Infection Rates in Developing Countries Requires Jeffrey Aubuchon to Practice 'Creative Knowledge Management.' A Keen Understanding of World History Helps, Too
Providing better (and better access to) information can do almost as much to improve public health as investing in medical technology. But what happens when information is brought to bear on public health problems in remote, undeveloped areas of the...
Collaboration, Community and Change: Trends in Education Are Making Their Way into the Workforce, Prompting Changes in Familiar Concepts Such as Authority and Community
Writing this regular column gives me an opportunity to not only share information gathered from management literature and other sources, but also to make connections between disparate ideas and trends that I encounter. Trends often aren't obvious to...
Corporate Boards Playing Bigger Role in Risk Management
Interviews with several members of U.S. public company boards representing a variety of business sectors (including manufacturing, eal estate, telecommunications, health care, and banking) found that corporate directors are playing a growing role in...
Courting General Counsel: As Businesses Bring More Legal Work Inside to Cut Costs, Librarians Will Have Opportunities to Develop and Strengthen Relationships with In-House Attorneys
According to a recent survey of general counsel, 2009 was a challenging year for in-house lawyers, and more uncertainty is expected in the years ahead (DiLucchio 2010). Corporate legal departments across the country, like most functional areas within...
Librarians in Biomedical Research: New Roles and Opportunities: A Study Funded by an SLA Grant Shows That Librarians Are Becoming More Involved in All Phases of Biomedical Research and Increasingly Are Being Incorporated into Sponsored Research
As biomedical research becomes increasingly complex and collaborative in nature, the information needs of its researchers continue to grow. Librarians and information professionals (IPs) are positioned to contribute their training and skills to the...
Libraries and Social Media: Social Media Can Prove Highly Useful to Libraries but Can Also Pose a Variety of Legal Risks. Librarians Need to Develop and Implement Usage Policies before Problems Arise
When I first wrote about libel and defamation in 2001, Facebook had yet to be invented. When my book, The Law of Libraries and Archives, came out in 2007, tweeting was only for the birds. Certainly, Facebook, Twitter and other new social media tools...
Living in the 'New Normal': We Must Aggressively Use Our Skills, Measure and Demonstrate Our Value, and Create Programs and Services That Will Meet the Needs of Today's Information Age
People of every generation think they live in a time of dramatic change--change far more revolutionary than any that came before. I try very hard not to be one of those who lament the loss of better times and say the past was better than the present....
Mobile Applications, Video among Leading Strategic Technologies for 2011
Mobile applications and video are not new, but both are expected to be among the top technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2011, according to a study by Gartner. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with...
Nominations Sought for Leadership Positions
Looking for a way to take your leadership skills to the next level? Know someone who has the skills, desire and drive to help SLA members become "future ready?" If so, the SLA Nominating Committee invites you to nominate yourself or recommend a colleague...
Social Networking on Increase, but Content Creation Stalled
Social networking continued its rapid growth during the past year, with participation in social networks rising by 11 percent in Europe, 18 percent in China, 11 percent in Australia, and 8 percent in North America, but neither these nor any other markets...
Strategic Questions for Future Planning: Assembling a Group of Our Peers and Asking Questions about the Future Not Only Stretches Our Brains-It Also Makes Us Question Our Assumptions
One of the neat benefits of membership in SLA is the free execuBooks subscription, through which we can receive four- or five-page summaries of popular business titles in our e-mail once a week. I print them and throw them in my PC bag to fill those...
The Future of Copyright: A Longtime Practice That Lies at the Heart of the Library's Mission Is at Stake in an Upcoming Legal Case. Meanwhile, More Libraries Are Creating and Making Available Materials That Are Largely Free of Copyright Restrictions
Legal issues are of growing concern to librarians, and for good reason. Over the past decade, new technologies, changing business models, and an increasing public awareness of copyright law have made it necessary for information professionals to possess...
Three Inducted into SLA Hall of Fame
A pioneer of solo librarianship, a valuable mentor to and advocate of librarians around the world, and a tireless supporter of the SLA New York Chapter have been inducted into the Special Libraries Association's Hall of Fame. Guy St. Clair, Judith...