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. 16, No. 1, January-February

10 Questions: Nerisa Kamar: She Became a Librarian 'By Default,' but a Mentoring Relationship with a Longtime SLA Member Has Helped Nerisa Kamar Become a Leading Voice for Librarians in Kenya and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa
Books, journals and other media are the lifeblood of libraries and information centers, and many librarians have their hands full organizing their collections of these resources and making them available to clients when and where they are needed. But...
Bill Would Blunt Public Access to Scholarly Publishing
Two members of Congress have introduced a bill that would overturn a 2008 policy under which authors who receive grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) must make their manuscripts available for free public access within 12 months...
Certain Types of Information to Become Market Drivers in Coming Decade
Information about sustainability, genetic research and sociocultural factors will become increasingly important during the coming decade as organizations try to gain and extend a competitive advantage by making better use of existing knowledge. ...
Collaborate to Stay Relevant
To stay relevant and sought-after in this increasingly complex yet connected world, strengthen two intertwined traits that will also enable you to lead a more adventuresome, meaningful life with others. First, continuously hone your greatest talent....
Creating and Executing a Marketing Plan: Three Steps-Setting Goals, Then Measuring and Communicating the Results-Are All That Are Needed to Campaign for Your Library Conduct a Basic Marketing Campaign Measuring for Your Library
The start of a new year seems like an excellent time to create a measurable, actionable marketing plan. Like any other business process, this involves asking yourself some basic questions: * What goals do you want to set that will help promote (and...
Feeling Squeezed by Political Pressures: Libraries in Cuba Face Daunting Challenges, but Are Overcoming Some of Them Thanks to the Passion and Ingenuity of Their Librarians
One of the greatest challenges facing contemporary librarians is information overload, the large and growing volume of content being transmitted to and by organizations and individuals. But imagine working in a library where the opposite is true--where...
Future Now: Operation Agility: Information Professionals Must Always Be Prepared to Adapt to New Forces, and SLA Has a Broad Array of Resources to Help Them Respond
"Future Ready" was the invigorating annual theme of 2011 SLA President Cindy Romaine. One of its cornerstone components was the Future Ready 365 blog (futureready365.sla.org), and the posts and comments on the biog definitely inspired the theme I chose...
Incompetence Is Preferable to Competence
Core competence? I'd prefer core incompetence. Competent people have a predictable, reliable process for solving a particular set of problems. They solve a problem the same way, every time. That's what makes them reliable. That's what makes them...
Instituto Cubano del Libro
The Institute) Cubano del Libro (Cuban Book Institute) is part of the Ministry of Culture, which publishes and markets books. The institute's library functions as a repository for the books published by the multiple publishing houses contained within...
Preparing Future Professionals through Broad Competency Planning: Competencies Taught in Library School Must Prepare Students to Adapt to Diverse Employment Environments and Changes in the Professional Landscape
In today's environment of rapid technological changes, competitive job markets and evolving job roles, it's critical to examine the competencies needed to succeed as an information professional. In our profession, competencies are used for different...
Report Favors Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recording
The U.S. Copyright Office has published a report advocating that sound recordings created before 15 February 1972 be given federal copyright protection, just as those created after that date enjoy. Under current U.S. law, sound recordings created...
Ten Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable: Don't Wait Too Late to Take Steps That Can Help You Demonstrate Your Value Now
You've probably noticed that there are some people who seem to survive every organizational restructuring. As for me, I've been through too many to remember--survived some and didn't make it out the other side on others. By some counts, there have...
The Core Competence of Innovation
The concept of core competencies is closely related to the work of Peter Drucker, the "father of modern management," who died in 2005. Gary Hamel and the late C.K. Prahalad introduced this concept in a 1990 Harvard Business Review article, "The Core...
Updating Competencies for Federal Librarians: Identifying the Competencies Needed for Librarians Working in the Federal Government Has Proved Helpful in a Range of Tasks, Including Writing Job Descriptions and Performance Plans
The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) of the Library of Congress is a consortium of federal agencies that work together to encourage optimum use of the resources and facilities of federal libraries and information centers. FEDLINK does...
Your Core Competencies Should Set You Apart
Core competencies are a two-edged sword--it all depends on how you define core. The traditional approach is to take core to mean fundamental, central, or essential. In this sense, core competencies are "the things we are best at, the things we are...