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. 3, May-June

10 Questions: Bethan Ruddock: Just Four Years into Her Career, Bethan Ruddock Is Convinced She'll Spend the Rest of It Trying to Give Back to the Information Profession
For most people, the path to professional success and recognition follows a tried-and-true formula. Start at the bottom rung and gradually work your way up the corporate ladder. In mid-career, join the board of your professional association and speak...
Apps on Rise, but Web Still Rules, Experts Say
Although nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults connect to the World Wide Web using a smartphone, tablet computer, or laptop computer--devices for which mobile applications (apps) often provide a simpler and easier online experience--most Internet experts...
Creating Networking-Friendly Meetings and Events: Making People Feel Welcome Requires Attention to Details and Personal Outreach by Leaders and Industry Veterans
A few months ago, when I asked SLA members to share suggestions for how to develop a positive approach to networking, I received many responses that also touched on networking events and what makes them successful (or not). Having received this feedback,...
Educating for Success: SLA Offers Local, Regional and National Educational Programs to Help Ensure That Information Professionals Have the Knowledge and Skills They Need to Succeed
The education of those in our profession--ensuring that we have the knowledge, skill sets and experience needed to perform required duties--is an issue on which there has never been complete agreement, either inside or outside the academic arena. The...
Integrating Librarians into Organizations
In March 2008, the Special Libraries Association announced that it had awarded a US$ 25,000 research grant to fund a study proposed by David Shumaker, clinical associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Catholic University,...
Lessons from Successful Embedded Librarians: The Most Recent Phase of an SLA-Funded Research Project on Embedded Librarianship Offers Some New Insights and Five 'Bottom Line' Recommendations for Success
Several key characteristics distinguish embedded librarians from librarians who provide traditional library and information services. Embedded librarians form strong working relationships with specific teams of information users. As they gain deep...
Organizational Structure Can Enlarge Your Role: Information Specialists Who Refuse to Define Themselves in Relation to a Physical Library Will Find Myriad Opportunities to Customize Their Response to Clients' Information Needs
Silo. 1: a trench, pit, or especially a tall cylinder (as of wood or concrete) usually sealed to exclude air and used for making and storing silage; a: a deep bin for storing material (Free Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary 2012) Nearly 20 years...
Social Business Intelligence for Libraries: Searching Unstructured Data, Analyzing Sentiment, and Moderating Commentary Are Crucial to Helping Organizations Get the Most out of the Growing Volume of Social Data
Our company, SolidQ, has developed a series of solutions to enable our customers to get the most out of social data. The main purpose of this article is to introduce different techniques and solutions we have developed for social data analysis. Some...
The Changing Conference Experience: Even Those Who Attend Conferences Are Finding That Much of the Action Takes Place Virtually. with the Right Apps, You Can Enhance Your Conference Experience
Conferences can be exciting and transformational experiences. I should know, since I attend more than 100 annually. I know that I'll always end up with new ideas, more contacts for my networks (even friends), and new knowledge and insights. With...
Tips for Networking
When I think about networking, it's not so much about what to do--it's more about a state of mind, about being, about building trust and relationships. With this in mind, I would like to share 10 tips for networking. Be authentic Be yourself....