When Collections Lead to Connections

Libraries, museums, and archives each exist to protect and manage collections and provide access to them, but their practices and perspectives can differ widely. Even when they support the same […] Read More »

Former SLA Publication Finds a New Home

Special Libraries, which was published by the Special Libraries Association from 1910 until its replacement by Information Outlook in 1997, is now available online thanks to an arrangement between SLA […] Read More »

‘It’s Not about the Place . . . It’s about the Service’

Like the receptionists who sit at front desks and answer incoming telephone calls, librarians have become more scarce in businesses over the past several years. But Lois Ireland—who once programmed […] Read More »

Training as a Marketing Tool

Do your organization’s employees know about the library or information center—the services it offers or the skills and expertise of its staff? Are they struggling to find information, unaware of […] Read More »

Helping Nonprofits Compete for Funds

Many organizations turn to librarians and information professionals to deliver decision-ready information to the right person at the right time. Nonprofit organizations frequently turn to them for something more basic—identifying […] Read More »

Write an Article, Answer a Question

What is “decision-ready information,” and what differentiates it from other information? What makes a good library or information center manager? How important are professional connections outside the library field, and […] Read More »

Questioning the Need for Multiple Online Platforms

Planning to visit a museum over the holidays? You aren’t alone. By digitizing their collections, museums have made it easier than ever for audiences of all types—art lovers, “culture snackers,” […] Read More »

Balancing Metadata Imperatives with User Needs

Schemas. Standards. Controlled vocabularies. Dublin Core. PRISM. TEI. The language and tools of metadata are familiar to Stephanie Routhier Perry, who uses descriptive and technical metadata to manage access to […] Read More »

‘We Are So Passionate about Networking’

What became a research paper about networking that was presented at the SLA 2015 Annual Conference by two librarians who had never met each other began as a back-and-forth diatribe […] Read More »

Take Your Library to Your Users

Notwithstanding the ubiquity of information-on-demand technologies such as smartphones and tablets, some people (especially families with young children) still consider the library a destination, not just a resource. They may […] Read More »

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