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. 7, October-November

10 Questions: Jacalyn Spoon: She's Added Thousands of Volumes to the Library Shelves, but Jacalyn Spoon Probably Does More to Advance the Study and Conservation of Birds When She Conducts Workshops and Book Readings with Children, Teachers and College Students
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, watching birds ("birding") is the most popular sport in the United States, with more than 51 million participants ranging from backyard enthusiasts to renowned scientists. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology,...
Adopting an Informal Learning Strategy: Some Things Are Best Learned on the Fly, Incrementally, Rather Than in Classrooms or through Structured Educational Systems or Processes
This issue's theme is "Learning and Training." There are loads of ways to do that formally. What with Click University and all of SLA's partners, you can earn degrees, continuing education credits, and certificates very easily (well, not that easily--you...
Are You Ready for Informal Learning? Long Considered a Poor Substitute for Classroom-Based Instruction, Informal Learning Is Gaining Respect and Attention from Human Resources Professionals, Researchers and, Increasingly, Employers
Once upon a time... I was working as a mailroom clerk in a giant Boston insurance company. The company had no formal mailboy-training program. I just walked around for an unspecified number of days with a senior mailboy, watching and learning, asking...
A Toolbox of Online Applications: Search Engine Journal Lets You Evaluate Online Tools and Applications and Compare Their Features
Search Engine Journal www.searchenginejournal.com/search-marketing-mashable-posts/11312/ "A toolbox of toolboxes" isn't what this site is called, but I think it sums up the content pretty well. Search Engine Journal has compiled about 150 toolboxes...
Changing Your Game through Alignment: Five Information Professionals Share Personal Accounts of How They Made Changes to Better Align Their Skills and Resources to Support Their Organizations' Mission and Priorities
Are you a little fuzzy about SLA's Alignment Project? Are you wondering how it's supposed to benefit you, and what it's got to do with your job and your daily work routine? Have you heard that it's mainly about a name change for SLA, or that it's just...
Developing a Succession Plan for a Library: Preparing for Staff Turnover and Ensuring Leadership Continuity Require Careful and Deliberate Planning, Frequent and Tactful Communication, and a Commitment to Implementing Recommended Changes
The last few years have seen a wave of retirements at the Justice libraries (the libraries in the U.S. Department of Justice's litigating divisions), followed by the addition of a number of new staff members. Looking at the demographics of the remaining...
Education for Changing Roles: In the Modern Workplace, Librarians Must Have Skills That Transcend Physical Boundaries and Be Able to Manage Not Just New Technologies but Also People and Projects
Over the past 10 years, several studies have suggested a growing trend in the placement of MLS * graduates in roles and settings outside of libraries. What implications does this have for the future of our profession? What types of knowledge and aptitude...
More Firms Outsourcing Their Searches for Special Librarians
Roughly one of every four companies that listed job openings for information professionals in the New England (U.S.) area during 2006-2008 used third-party search firms, up from just 6 percent during 1997-2005, according to an update of research originally...
On a First-Name Basis with Value: The Alignment Project Research Offers Us a Vision of How to Become the Most Important People in Our Organizations
Some people seem to think basis that if you are on a first-name basis with your librarian, you're spending too much time in the library. I, however, see something entirely different. See what you think of the following statements: If you are on...
Recession Offers Businesses Opportunity to Innovate and Grow
Businesses that use recessionary periods to innovate and adopt new ways of doing business can build a foundation for long-term growth, according to research by McKinsey & Company. A review of industry trends during the 2000-01 recession found...
Retaining Knowledge and Driving Innovation: Informal Training and Development Can Enable Information Professionals to Help Their Organizations Be More Innovative during Lean Times
As most information professionals are aware, ongoing learning is an integral part of our professional development. Not only is it our individual responsibility to continuously update our knowledge and skills, it is also the mark of an innovative and...
SLA Board Increases Member Dues for 2010
Facing a difficult economic environment but wanting to ensure that SLA continues to provide programs and services that can help information professionals improve their skills and demonstrate their value, the association's board of directors voted on...
Success Stories Wanted for Presenting at 2010 Conference
SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at its 2010 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The topics of the papers should be related to library science, information management, research or other issues pertinent to customer service,...