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. 5, July-August

10 Questions: Adaire Klein: Starting with Two Boxes of Books in a Basement, Adaire Klein Developed a Library and Archives That Support a World-Class Museum, a Book Award and Related Video Conferences, and Local Scholars-Not to Mention the Public and Other Librarians
Although the late Simon Wiesenthal gained fame as a "Nazi hunter," he typically did not track down war criminals himself. In helping bring to justice more than 1,100 Nazis--most notably Adolf Eichmann, who oversaw the extermination of millions of Jews--he...
A Global Digital Library: Possibilities, Concerns and Prospects: Social and Cultural Issues Associated with Knowledge Creation and Sharing Must Be Overcome to Develop and Implement a Truly Innovative and Valuable Global Library
The vision of a global digital library (GDL) is relatively easy to state: digital preservation of, and access to, knowledge and art artifacts in a system that enables sharing of this knowledge across time and place. The result would be, as Betsy Wilson...
Connecting the World, Responding to User Needs: With Interfaces in Seven Languages and Partner Institutions in More Than 60 Countries, the World Digital Library Hopes to Celebrate the Depth and Uniqueness of Cultures from around the World
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington first proposed the establishment of a World Digital Library in a June 2005 speech at Georgetown University to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. At the time, the United States was in the process of rejoining...
Critical Management Skills for Information Professionals: The Ability to Communicate Well, Empower Employees, and Navigate the Political Culture Can Make the Difference between Success and Failure in Organizations
Information professionals who manage others need to have skills in a number of leadership areas in addition to the fundamental skills related to our profession. Not only do we need to know our organization and the industry within which it operates,...
Faculty Using Libraries Less Often to Conduct Research
As research practices and teaching methods change, academic libraries are becoming more and more isolated from the discovery process and are at risk of losing their relevance in one of their core functional areas, a recent study concludes. Ithaka...
Networking Groups for New Professionals: Librarians Who Are New to the Profession Can Learn Much from Industry Veterans, but Some of Their Concerns and Interests Are Best Addressed by Connecting with Other New Librarians
As a new professional and recent library school graduate, I am very aware of how much I still don't know about the information profession. I learned library theory while earning my master's degree and am learning professional practice on the job, but...
Past President Dies; Was 54-Year Member
Catherine "Kitty" Scott, who joined SLA in 1955 and served the association in a variety of capacities--most notably as president in 1992-1993--died May 17 at her home in Washington, D.C. Scott, who joined SLA while a student at Catholic University,...
Promoting a Shared Experience: The Benefit of 'Global' or 'World' Libraries May Lie in Acknowledging and Celebrating the Many Distinctions That Regional or Organizational Libraries Often Define
Do libraries create communities, or divide them? That may seem an odd question to ask, but none other than the librarian of Congress, James Billington, raised it (albeit obliquely) in a presentation at Georgetown University in 2005. Billington was...
Sharing a Common Heritage: Today's Online 'Global' or 'World' Libraries Might Seem Far Removed from the Libraries of Ancient Greece and Rome, but They Are Similar in Some Important and Surprising Ways
Q: When and why were the earliest libraries established? Were they "world" or "global" libraries in any sense? Before the Classical period, there were collections of books or documents or archives, and the boundaries between those categories were...
SLA Members Give New Orleans a (Helping) Hand
New Orleans is known for its music, its food, its nightlife--and, since August 2005, for its devastation from Hurricane Katrina. Several SLA members who attended the 2010 Annual Conference in New Orleans took time out from enjoying the music, food...
Special Libraries in Developing Countries: Despite a Lack of Computers and Information Resources and Little or No Internet Access, Special Libraries in Developing Countries Have Opportunities to Help Underserved Populations
The World Bank defines "developing countries" as those with low and moderate levels of per capita income. In its 2008 survey, the World Bank (2009) classified countries with per capita incomes below US$ 975 as "low income" and those with incomes between...
Taking a Global View: The Information Profession Is Increasingly Speaking with Different Voices and Identifying New Perspectives on Common Concerns
It was fitting that the 2010 SLA Annual Conference was held in New Orleans, that most international of American cities, a place where the blend of cultures and cuisines is more apparent than nearly anywhere else in America. The conference hosted a...
Tchobanoff Receives SLA's Top Honor
Jim Tchobanoff, who developed SLA's first long-range strategic plan and introduced the concept of embedded librarianship to the medical profession, was presented the John Cotton Dana Award at the 2010 SLA Annual Conference. The award, named for...
The Emerging New Library/librarian Experience: Improving the Experience for Customers and Adding Value to Their Interactions Represents the Next Phase in the Evolution of Libraries
Libraries and librarians are all about experiences. In this column, I'd like to explore the knowledge experience and how it has changed over the years with respect to the library/librarian value proposition. Let's start with an assumption and a...
Using a 'Collabulary' to Create a Taxonomy: A Taxonomy Can Help Organizations Capture and Manage Information and Knowledge and Make Their Workers More Productive
Libraries and librarians have been the gatekeepers to knowledge stores for more than 200 years. As their collections grew, they invented ways to easily find the information and knowledge they stored by creating classification systems and then subject...