Early Issues of Information Outlook Available Online

Librarians and researchers looking for articles and columns from early issues of Information Outlook need look no further than the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San Jose State University. […] Read More »

Give Them What They Need, Not What They Want

Answering a question with a question is considered rude by etiquette experts, and psychologists say it’s a good indication you’re lying. But if you’re a librarian, it may be the […] Read More »

‘I Joined SLA So I Could Make Connections’

Several words could be used to describe Tina Franks’s library career. Public. Corporate. Academic. Children. Engineering. Architecture. Solo. But if you ask Tina to describe her library career, she’ll probably […] Read More »

Big Data and the Three Little W’s

Big data—extremely large sets of structured, unstructured, and semi-structured data—are all the rage right now. If only organizations could better manage the volume and velocity of big data and turn […] Read More »

Providing Decision-Ready Information: Getting to ‘Why’

Conventional wisdom holds that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The line between raw data and decision-ready information, on the other hand, is neither straight nor […] Read More »

How Weak Ties Can Strengthen Librarians

With library and information budgets continually being squeezed and new tools being developed to find and share information, librarians and information professionals need all the friends they can get. The […] Read More »

‘Those Personal Connections are Really, Really Helpful’

When workers need information, they can ask their organization’s librarians for assistance. But where do those librarians turn for help when they need information? If they’re SLA members, they know […] Read More »

The Connected Librarian: More than Social Media

Pity the 21st century special librarian. Between connecting her clients to information, connecting with her peers through social media networks and association activities, connecting her job to a career path […] Read More »

Taking Time to Ensure New Librarians Succeed

When does the hiring process start, and when does it end? The answer to the first part of the question is pretty clear, but the answer to the second part […] Read More »

The Most Dangerous Thing Organizations Do

Talk to any risk management expert, and you’ll get an earful about the many dangers that keep business leaders awake at night: Product liability claims. Acts of global terrorism. Intellectual […] Read More »

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