Many Ways to Learn: The Best of Information Outlook

What kind of content appeals to you—not just the topic, but the way it’s presented?

Maybe you prefer how-to information, like a piece that describes the steps you should take to share your conference takeaways with your co-workers. Perhaps you enjoy “think pieces” that explore an issue from a variety of angles—say, an interview with a researcher who discusses the many challenges of working with data and the factors to consider when preparing to visualize it. Or you may favor case studies, such as a description of a collaboration between government, private, and academic libraries that are capturing and archiving content from federal websites before new presidential administrations take office.

If these types of content appeal to you, you’re in good company—namely, the company of the Information Outlook Advisory Council, which helps identify topics and authors for SLA’s magazine. Recently, the council’s members reviewed the 2017 issues of Information Outlook and selected their favorite articles and columns. Here are their picks:

  • Attending Industry Conferences: Sharing Back (September-October)
  • Collaborating to Preserve Federal Government Websites (May-June)
  • How Research Publishers Promote Information Access (January-February)
  • Managing Change: Vital to Your Project and Career Success (July-August)
  • Negotiating Your Best Journal Deals Yet (July-August)
  • One Person, Multiple Skills: Managing a Solo Library (March-April)
  • Teaching Employees to Make Better Decisions with Data (May-June)
  • Visualizing Data: An Interview with Anselm Spoerri (September-October)

In the weeks ahead, council members will be publishing posts describing why they liked the articles and what they learned from them. To read the articles, click on the links in their posts. To read back issues of Information Outlook, click here.

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