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. 1, January

Centennial Reflections on a Name: With SLA's Centennial Year upon Us, It Seems Appropriate to Spend Some Time Reflecting on the History and Heritage of the Terms Special Libraries and Special Librarians and What They Mean for the Future
Only a few years ago, SLA members came very close to abandoning the title special librarian and the name of their association. Why did this happen? Was it because we had finally tired of explaining a term that has built-in vagueness and lack of agreement?...
Elevate Your Info Center beyond the Transactional: If the Information Support Is Seen Solely as a Transactional Encounter, Then the Strategic Value of the Support Service Will Be Ignored (Often to the Organization's Detriment)
It's hard not to be thinking a lot about strategy and strategic planning, given that we are going through major changes in our economic situation, compared with even one or two years ago. Almost daily, the news headlines continue to build the impression...
Making the Most of This Time of Change: It's a Good Time for an Analysis of Your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT). There Is Never a Bad Time to Look at Them, but a Period of Crisis and Change Can Be Ideal
Don't worry, I am not going to get political; but I think the election of Barack Obama has made an impact around the world. Despite the bad economic news, there seems to be a feeling of hope and a lively interest in change. Nothing may change, of course,...
New Site Aims to Keep You Current on Tech Stuff: Site Will Be Updated Each Month with New Content. It's Also Looking for Bloggers and Reviewers
The Tech Static www.thetechstatic.com/ This new site from Rachel Singer Gordon on technology resources evolved from a now-defunct column in Library Journal. She promises reviews of books and electronic resources, collection development guidelines...
Powell to Deliver Keynote Address at SLA 2009: Colin Powell Keynote Address to Kick off SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Washington, D.C., during Centennial Year
Former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin L. Powell (Ret.) will deliver the opening keynote address 14 June 2009 at the SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Washington, D.C. Powell will speak following the awards ceremony during the SLA 2009...
SLA at 100: Connecting Our Past to the Future: In New Book on the History of SLA, the Author Provides a Perspective That Combines a Personal and Professional Point of View-One That Anticipates a Dynamic New Future for Information Professionals
In researching and writing SLA at 100: From Putting Knowledge to Work to Building the Knowledge Culture, it became clear to me that change has been part of our association's history from the beginning. SLA President Donna Scheeder recognized this in...
Strategic Alignment: Positioning Our Brand for the Future: SLA's Strategic Alignment Process Is an Extensive, Research-Based Examination of the Profession and of SLA's Position within the Evolving Information Economy
Have you ever had your back out of alignment? The pain can come and go, but it's clear that something isn't right. When you are out of alignment, you simply cannot operate at full capacity. Only rarely will your back heal itself--most often, you must...
Three Info Pros with the Right Stuff: Mary Walsh, Rick Spencer and Karl Bender Are Information Specialists at Three Different NASA Centers. They Came to the Space Agency from Diverse Backgrounds, but Share the Same Dedication to Providing the NASA Researchers and Policy Staff with Top Flight Information
The National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), which recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, was created in response to the former U.S.S.R.'s efforts in putting a little satellite called Sputnik in orbit. Since then, NASA has pushed the limits...
We Are a Profession That Makes a Difference: Thousands of Your Colleagues Toil Every Day to Save Lives, Improve Public Policy, Support Creativity and Research ... and Shine the Light of Information and Knowledge Everywhere
As we celebrate our 100th year, it seems fitting to talk about beginnings as well as the foundations of our success as a profession. We are on the leading edge. We are the first global and international information profession. We are here at the beginning...
You Are Invited to a Year-Long Celebration! If John Cotton Dana Were to Reappear in 2009, He Would Find the Same Dedication to Providing Timely, Accurate and Specialized Information
As SLA celebrates its 100th anniversary, we should reflect on that milestone and on the changes this organization has seen since its birth in 1909. With that in mind, our Centennial Planning Commission has some wonderful things in store, including...