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. 13, No. 5, July-August

Businesses Want Good Information, but Lack Strategy to Manage and Retrieve It: Many Organizations Are in Danger of Being Overwhelmed by the Sheer Volume of Information and Their Inability to Organize and Prioritize It
Companies rate information as their highest business priority this year, but fewer than half of business decision makers have a high confidence level in the quality and accessibility of information within their organizations, and roughly 40 percent...
Committing to Innovation: No Excuses: There Are Plenty of Excuses Not to Innovate, and No Good Reasons Not to. All It Takes Is Commitment, Resourcefulness, and a Willingness to Accept Discomfort
I had the opportunity to present the luncheon speech to the Leadership and Management Division at our awesome SLA Centennial Conference in Washington, D.C. I was asked to speak on the topic of innovation, I've thought about this a lot and have come...
Creating Influence through 'Being There': By Asking for Help and Offering It to Others, You Can Advance Not Only Your Career but Also the Careers of Others and the Profile of the Information Profession
"We all need somebody to lean on ..." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Bill Withers wrote these words for his hit song "Lean on Me" (readers too young to have heard it when it was on the charts may enjoy it online), he was onto something: The people...
Developing and Applying Emotional Intelligence: Emotional Intelligence Refers to the "Soft" or "People" Skills That Librarians Need to Develop and Use So They Can Become Leaders within Their Organizations
Emotional intelligence (El) is a concept that has progressed from being somewhat of a management fad to being a generally accepted foundation for good leadership. Ever since Daniel Goleman introduced El within the context of business in his 1995 publication,...
Finding and Providing Information Aren't Enough: Information Professionals Need to Help Executives Make the Best-Informed Decisions Possible and Make Sure They Understand the Value of That Service
Reading the January/February 2009 Information Outlook article on the key findings of SLA's alignment project made me think how lucky or prescient we were to have started this project when we did. Would we have invested the sums involved in today's...
Getting What You Want to Come to You: Knowing What You Want and Committing Yourself to Obtaining It Are Fundamental to Achieving Success in Your Career and Personal Life
Paul is one of those people at work you just love to hate--but can't, really, because he's so darned nice. Things seem to go so easily for him. He lands contracts, the head of the company pops in with interesting projects, and customers call him with...
Help SLA Build Our Alignment Tribe: With Your Help, We Can Change Our Association and Profession in Ways That Will Benefit All of Us for Many Years to Come. Will You Join Our Tribe?
At our 2008 Annual Conference in Seattle, Seth Godin spoke to us about how to market our ideas and ourselves. He recently published another book, Tribes, and as I read it, I realized Seth is talking about the process SLA is going through right now...
Much More Than a Magazine Rack: Alltop Brings Headlines from Top Sites and Blogs to You, and Vets Them Based on Quality and Reputation
Alltop http://alltop.com Alltop calls itself an "online magazine rack," but it's much more--it's like having a feed reader for each of your topics of interest. Alltop brings headlines from top sites and blogs to one place, so you don't have to...
Saving Special Libraries in a Recession: Business Strategies for Survival and Success
Abstract In difficult economic times, it is common for organizations to cut back on spending. Unfortunately, one of the first places that many organizations look to make cutbacks is their own libraries. So, what should special librarians do to help...
SLA 2009 Conference Hosts Nearly 6,000 Attendees: The Opportunity to Learn from Experts and Network with Colleagues Trumped Concerns about Budget Cuts and Layoffs
Despite tough economic conditions, sweeping layoffs and shrinking travel and professional development budgets, SLA members turned out in record numbers to participate in the association's 2009 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO. Attendance at SLA...
Supporting the Business Development Unit: Business Development Departments Are Likely to Be Busier Than Ever during an Economic Downturn. by Aligning with Them, Information Centers Can Help Demonstrate Their Value and Promote Their Services
The current global economic crisis has had dramatic impacts on businesses of all shapes and sizes. As the recession deepens, budget cuts, hiring freezes and layoffs have become a fact of life for many librarians and information professionals across...
What's in a Name? the Term We Use to Describe Ourselves and Our Colleagues Should Convey the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes Required to Perform Our Jobs. 'Information Manager' Seems to Meet These Criteria
What's in a name? We rarely think how much meaning names have in our lives. Names are powerful symbols that distinguish one referent from another. They contain vibrant energy (either positive or negative) that affects our social space as well as...