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. 3, April-May

10 Questions: Dennie Heye: From Helping Acquire Books for a Librarian in Uganda to Creating Opportunities for Information Professionals to Collaborate in Online Discussions, Dennie Heye Is Leveraging SLA's Global Community to Make Connections
Say "the Netherlands," and many people think of the Old World--wooden shoes, classicist architecture, and the so-called "Dutch masters" painters (Rembrandt and Vermeer, among others). But the Netherlands is very much at the forefront of modern Europe,...
2010 Rising Stars * SLA Research Grant
Five Early-Career Librarians Named SLA Rising Stars A coordinator of digital publishing initiatives, a content development officer for education communities, and a patent application researcher are among the five early-career professionals from...
Books and E-Books: As Different as Night and Day: Conversations about E-Books Tend to Focus on Their Format, but the Emphasis Should Be on Whether Changing a Book's Format Also Changes Its Purpose
The transition to e-books is happening so fast, and there are so many issues to address, that it seems like the e-book juggernaut is moving along like a train with no brakes. I thought it might be useful to share my ideas on what we need to think about...
Changing the Way We Do Business: As Information Professionals Become More Active in Online Networking, They Must Balance Personal Interests with Professional Goals
Networking begins with making connections and aims to keep them over the long term. To many people today, networking means participating in online forums for sharing information, discussing issues or socializing. For information professionals, networking...
Greater Access to Public Data to Generate 'Government Revolution'
Advances in social media and information technology are making more "raw" government transaction data available to the public, leading to greater collaboration between government and the community, according to a report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu...
'It's Incumbent upon Librarians to Give Us Something More': The Internet Excels at Providing Information Quickly, but Librarians Can Provide the Intellectual Context for Facts and Figures and Encourage Their Clients to Consider a Range of Perspectives
Nicholas Carr surged to prominence earlier this decade with the publication of his controversial and celebrated Harvard Business Review article, "IT Doesn't Matter," and his follow-up book, Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of...
Listening: The Fast Track to Social Networking: Listening to What Customers, Competitors and Experts Are Saying Can Be a Much More Productive Social Networking Tactic Than Promoting Your Library through Blogs, Tweets and the Like
It seems that everyone believes you must participate in social media by broadcasting your business information, promoting your domain expertise, and using other conversational tactics to win new prospects. While there's no debate that outbound marketing--especially...
Living in a Small-Town Network: Social Networking Takes Us Back to Our Communities of Old, Where We Built Relationships and Forged Bonds That Served as Foundations for Our Professional and Personal Lives
Do you remember the first time you saw a Facebook entry? Sent a tweet? Shared photos on Flikr? Watched a movie on Flixster? Found a schoolmate on Classmates.com? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you do, you joined the networked world as an adult. Millions...
Marketing LIS Courses with Web 2.0 Tools: By Using Social Networking Tools to Attract Prospective Students, an LIS School Learned Some Important Lessons about the Skills and Commitment Needed to Make Their Efforts Successful
At the University of Brighton, we've been offering library and information studies (LIS) courses in various forms since 1947. Like most other U.K.-based library schools, we now teach only postgraduate courses, having dropped our undergraduate offerings...
Protecting Information Resources before and after Emergencies: Librarians Need to Plan for Emergencies Both Large and Small So They Are Ready to Preserve Their Collections and Ensure Business Continuity in the Event a Disaster Strikes
In 1984, a library assistant arriving for work one morning at a small biotechnology company in Boston was greeted by a disheartening sight: The one-room information center was flooded with ankle-deep water. Desks and piles of paper were wet from water...
Social Media: The Value for Librarians: Social Networking Tools Can Help Information Professionals Tap the Power of SLA'S Member Network and Learn from Peers across the Globe
Information professionals have always been pioneers in using technology to collect, manage and disseminate information. Just think about the online catalog or online databases, where information professionals were pushing the envelope of what was available...
The Talk of the Town: I Recently Attended the 2010 Computers in Libraries Conference and Wanted to Highlight Some of the Sites That Were Shared by the Many Distinguished Presenters
Slidefinder www.slidefinder.net Many of us use Slideshare to hunt for information or post our presentations. Slidefinder is another option, and the emphasis here is on slides that are produced by university faculty and staff. Search using presentation...
Touchscreens Will Flood Consumer Market but Trickle into Workplaces
More than half of personal computers purchased for users under the age of 15 will have touch-enabled screens by 2015, but fewer than 10 percent of PCs sold to businesses and other work organizations will have them, according to research by Gartner,...
When the Crowd Isn't Wise, Trust Your Librarian: By Using Their Presence to Their Advantage and Facilitating Social Networks within Their Organizations, Librarians Can Redefine Their Roles and Enhance Their Value
James Surowiecki's Wisdom of Crowds argues that fine, funny things happen when you aggregate opinions. Maybe there's a bunch of people who, like me, aren't exactly sure whether creme brulee involves custard or tapioca pudding, but if we polled a million...