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Library Trends 43 (2) Fall 1994: The Library in Corporate Intelligence Activities

 

Library Trends 43 (2) Fall 1994: The Library in Corporate Intelligence Activities. Edited by Thomas D. Walker.

Companies of every size have established formal or informal methods of learning about their industries and competitors. While many organizations do rely on their own libraries or information centers for some of this kind of information, there continues to be a trend toward the establishment of “intelligence departments,” sometimes called “BI” (business intelligence), “CI” (competitive, competitor, or corporate intelligence), or “ICN” (internal collection network) departments. The literature on this topic is commonly found in business and management journals rather than library journals and frequently addresses topics already very familiar to business librarians - i.e., finding information on products, industries, companies, and the business environment.

As the articles in this issue state or imply, librarians and other information professionals have been underrepresented in CI and related activities. By taking advantage of specialized education, innovative methods, advanced technologies, and personal contacts, information professionals can demonstrate the strategic importance of their services.


Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at] jhupress.jhu.edu, or visit www.press.jhu.edu/journals.


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