Magazine article Information Today

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Magazine article Information Today

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If the climate at the SIIA Information Industry Summit in late January was any forecast about the state of the information industry in 2011, we're off to a good start. The 2-day conference offered a few key indicators signaling better times ahead: Networking was brisk, innovation robust, and the overall mood uplifting. Better yet, no one mentioned the "e" word (aka, the "economy"). Check out Dick Kaser's Behind the Lens on this page and the Report From the Field on page 18 for more details on the conference.

Likewise, the comprehensive report titled "Funding and Priorities: The Library Resource Guide Benchmark Study on 2011 Spending Plans" by Joseph McKendrick, released by Information Today, Inc. in early February confirmed this positive shift in sentiment. The 6-month study was designed to get an accurate reading on how libraries responded to the economic impact of the downturn in 2009-2010. The bottom line is: Although all types of libraries (public, academic, government, and special) endured budget cuts in the past 2 years, many of the survey respondents believe the worst is over. …

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