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 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The path to career success should include frequent stops at the company library. Research findings contained in two recently-published books from the Special Libraries Association show that library use often results in better decisions, improved performance, greater productivity and more company recognition.
 The information provided by company libraries was current, accurate, valuable and contributed to better decisions, according to more than 90 percent of the 299 corporate executives and managers who responded to a survey by Joanne G. Marshall, associate professor, faculty of library and information science, University of Toronto. More than half of the executives reported that the information caused them to handle some aspect of an assignment differently than they would have otherwise, and almost three-quarters of the executives reported that the information helped them avoid making a poor business decision.
 Among the most frequent ways in which the library-provided information helped the executives were to enable them to decide upon a course of action, to proceed to the next step in a project, to exploit a new business opportunity or to improve relations with a client. Some executives also reported other types of positive impact, such as helping them handle an emergency situation or improving a company policy or procedure.
 The libraries also helped the employees save a critical resource -- time. Two-thirds of the managers who responded to Marshall's survey felt that library services helped them avoid both a loss of their own time and a loss of other employees' time.
 In separate research, a correlation between productivity and library use was found in six organizations studied by Jose-Marie Griffiths, professor and collaborating scientist in information science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Donald W. King, consultant, King Research, Knoxville. Using five productivity output measures, such as volume of formal writings and oral presentations, they found that frequent users of the library are more likely to be highly productive than infrequent users. Griffiths and King have conducted four national surveys and 23 proprietary studies of library use as part of overall communications activities at organizations.
 In another of their studies, the researchers found that library users felt that their visits helped them perform their jobs better. At one company, 90 percent of the respondents reported that their visits were helpful in accomplishing the work task for which they went to the library, and 40 percent stated that they couldn't have done their work without using the library.
 Going one step further, the two researchers correlated library use with professional achievement. In 11 organizations, specific employees were identified as achievers because they had received special awards or were selected to serve on important committees and problem-solving teams. On average, these employees used their organizations' information resource centers more frequently than did their peers.
 In addition, at one company, 25 professionals were identified as "fast trackers" and compared with colleagues with similar educational background, years with the company, total work experience and other factors. Once again, the achievers were found to use the library more than their peers did.
 "These studies confirm that company libraries are invaluable resources for employees seeking to climb the corporate ladder," according to Mark S. Serepca, director of public relations at the Special Libraries Association, which represents information managers at corporations, government agencies, universities, museums and other types of organizations. "Special librarians help employees put information to work -- to the benefit of both the employees and their organizations."
 The Marshall book, "The Impact of the Special Library on Corporate Decision-Making," and the Griffiths and King book, "Special Libraries: Increasing the Information Edge," are both available from SLA in Washington.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: This story is being released to coincide with the beginning of Labor Day Weekend./
 /CONTACT: Mark S. Serepca of the Special Libraries Association, 202-234-4700/

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