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. 15, No. 5, July-August

10 Questions: Melanie Browne: SLA Has Introduced Her to People and Ideas That Have Made Her a Better Librarian, and Now Melanie Brown Has Given Back to the Association-Her Contributed Paper Was Judged the Best at SLA 2011
Sessions at SLA Annual Conferences address a wide variety of topics, and SLA 2011 was no exception. From "Data Mining and Visualization" to "Ontologies and the Semantic Web" to "Design Thinking for Better Libraries," the conference offered something...
A Golden Opportunity for Librarians: If Managed Wisely, Adding Electronic Books to a Collection Can Open Doors to New Benefits and Services for Library Clients
The rise of e-books in the library market has been nothing short of revolutionary. Librarians have embraced e-books for their ease of archiving, capacity to allow simultaneous multi-user access, and ability to expand library collections without encroaching...
A Philosophy for Staying Current: Rather Than Trying New Tactics to Adapt to Change, Consider Embracing New Attitudes and Aptitudes That Will Make You Excited about Change
I recently turned 58, and now I am looking mortality square in the face. Well, not really. I don't think about mortality or retirement much, despite having had a few life-threatening experiences. I try to keep what is commonly called a youthful outlook--which,...
College Librarians Value Role in Information Literacy, but Faculty Demur
An overwhelming majority of directors of academic libraries consider teaching information literacy skills to undergraduates to be a very important role for their libraries, but faculty members are considerably less enthusiastic, according to surveys...
Communicating Value through Strategic Alignment
ABSTRACT Innovation is a key growth driver for Maple Leaf Foods (MLF). As the Canadian packaged goods marketplace matures, the company must adapt to compete. The ThinkFOOD! Information Cafe is a library located in the ThinkFOOD! Centre, an innovation...
Developing a Sound E-Book Strategy: Electronic Books Are Growing in Popularity, but Librarians Must Consider a Wide Range of Issues before Deciding to Add E-Books to Their Collection
E-books are among today's most prevalent topics of discussion in the information and publishing industries, and for good reason--revenues from sales of e-books during January 2011 were up roughly 115 percent over sales in January 2010, rising from...
Encouraging Adaptive Competence: Information Professionals and SLA Alike Must Adapt to Current Disruptions and Prepare for New Ones If We Are to Remain Relevant
In early 2010, Iceland's barely pronounceable Mt. Eyjafjallajokull erupted. The volcano produced a spectacular lighting storm and spewed ash across Northern Europe, creating an enormous disruption in air traffic between Europe and North America. ...
Five Named Fellows for Leadership, Innovation and Service
A trained chef, an award-winning intranet developer, and an oft-published writer are among the latest information professionals to be named Fellows of the Special Libraries Association. Kate Arnold, Leoma Dunn, Karen Huffman, James King, and Marlene...
Improving Library Services with E-Books: In Addition to Access Anytime and Anywhere, E-Books Offer a Range of Benefits to Readers and Libraries Alike-And More Benefits Are Likely in the Years Ahead
Last month, during a family trip to Yellowstone National Park, my 9-year-old son asked how high the water from Old Faithful was spraying and why it was so hot and steamy. Armed with my smartphone and the Concise Encyclopedia Britannica application,...
Leverage Your Points of Difference: Knowing What Makes You Different and Communicating That Difference and the Advantages It Offers Can Help You Create and Strengthen Your Individual Brand
Having just attended the SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, I'm impressed with how many excellent sessions and speakers touched on the topics of marketing and alignment in such positive and powerful ways. It would be hard to summarize them all...
Producing Articles for Academic Special Librarians: An Analysis of Several Peer-Reviewed Journals Found That Librarians at Schools with Large Endowments And/or Enrollments Are Most Likely to Publish, Particularly If It Is Required for Tenure and Promotion
Every day, college and university librarians specializing in science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, business, law, social services, music, art, historic preservation, and other areas help faculty members get their scholarly articles published....
Talley, Tapiero Receive Vormelker Award
Two longtime SLA members with histories of helping open doors for younger information professionals have been honored by the Special Libraries Association. Mary Talley and Judith Tapiero have been named recipients of the Rose L. Vormelker Award,...
The Use of E-Books in Law Libraries: Legal Libraries Face Special Challenges in Adopting E-Books, but the Pressures to Do So Will Only Grow Greater over Time
E-books have been the major success story in American publishing over the last few years. In February 2011, $90.3 million worth of e-books were sold in the United States, according to the Association of American Publishers. Amazon.com's figures for...