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. 3, April-May

10 Questions; Reece Dano: A Chance Encounter at an SLA Student Reception Led Reece Dano to His "Dream Job" with a Design Consultancy That Helps Companies Better Understand Their Customers
SLA member Reece Dano, 31, is a Zibite and is proud of it. Zibites are what the employees of Ziba Design call themselves. Reece is among the new generation of special librarians who serve in corporate settings but do not necessarily call themselves...
Corporate Information Services Keen to Show Value: Information Professionals Are Scrambling to Control Their Costs and Benchmark Their Performance to Mitigate the Impact of the Economic Slowdown
Their budgets under pressure and their staffs shrinking, business information departments are focusing more than ever on showing how they add value to the corporate bottom line, according to a survey of information managers in the United Kingdom. ...
It's Time for Core Competencies and Excellence: Economic Downturns Reduce the Margin for Error and Place a Premium on Essential Business Qualities: Excellent Performance, Ethical Conduct, and Product and Service Value
I doubt I was alone on that memorable inauguration day in hoping that Aretha Franklin would complement her magnificent hat with a matching rendition of "Respect," but it was not to be. The first two lines of that classic Aretha hit are memorable: "What...
Law Library Deans Call for End to Print Publications
The directors of 12 leading university law libraries met in Durham, North Carolina, in November and agreed on a joint statement calling for all U.S. law schools to stop publishing their journals in print format and rely instead on electronic publication....
Public Library Provides Great Starting Point: Visiting the Web Site of the New York Public Library Is like Taking a Virtual Walk Back through Time
New York Public Library www.nypl.org/digital/index.cfm When most of us think of the New York Public Library, we probably paint a mental picture of the building on Fifth Avenue, guarded by the lions Patience and Fortitude, and the extensive network...
Seeking Inspiration to Guide Our Future: I See So Many Opportunities for Both New and Longtime Members to Engage in the Discussion about Our Future
We're having a celebration in June, and you're invited! The biggest event (by far) of our centennial year is our annual conference, which will be held 14-17 June in Washington, D.C. ! don't know if the annual conference advisory council possesses...
SLA Partnerships Provide Educational Opportunities: Agreements between SLA and Two Universities Will Enable Information Professionals to Advance Their Knowledge and Skills and Save Money
SLA is partnering with two institutions of higher learning to create new opportunities for information professionals who want to advance their careers. One partnership, between SLA and San Jose State University's School of Library and Information...
Staff Retention: Preparing for the Recovery: Even as Information Center Managers Try to Keep Staff Motivated and Focused during the Economic Downturn, They Must Prepare for Retention Challenges Looming on the Horizon
Recently I have been looking into staff retention and talent management issues, as I will be participating in a panel discussion of these topics at the SLA 2009 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO. While it may seem ironic to be discussing retention...
Tell Me What You Know: The Keynote Speaker at SLA's 2009 Annual Conference Talks about Deriving Knowledge from Information, the Value of Wikis, and the Need to Embrace Technology
Having guided U.S. military forces during wartime and overseen U.S. diplomatic efforts in the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, retired Gen. Colin Powell understands better than most the necessity of receiving good information. On...
The 'Googlization' of the Library Collection: By Taking Advantage of Several Google Applications, Members of an Association Enjoyed Greater Access to a Resource Center's Collection and Were Able to Collaborate on Many of Their Research Efforts
The future of the information professional depends on accessibility. Customers of public libraries, special libraries, and resource centers of private organizations want to gain access to specific kinds of information when they need it. The best vehicle...
Understanding and Using the New Census Data: The Long Form of the Census Is No More. What Will You Do the First Time Someone Asks You for the Number of People in Your Home State Who Don't Speak English or Who Rent Their Homes?
Since its inception in 1790, the U.S. census has been a decennial count of people in the United States on Census Day. In the intervening years, the universe of people included in the count has changed, as has the mechanism by which this occurs (but...
Welcome to the New Normal: From the Economy to Technology to Human Behavior, Change Forces All of Us to Adjust to a New Environment on an Ongoing Basis
Every once in a while, someone presses the reset button and a new normal arrives. We've often heard about the proverbial frog in the pot of water that is very slowly heated to boiling. The story goes that the frog doesn't notice the incremental changes...