Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

Is it true that marketing during a downturn is good for business?

Marketing is typically one of the first items to be slashed by management in hard times. During the 2008 recession I...

COVID-19: Why librarians are amazing in times of crisis

We are currently in the midst of unexplored territory and life as we know it is changing. There have been few global...

Technology and COVID19: What if this had happened 30+ years ago?

Today I wanted to inject some lightness into COVID-19 current awareness. I will declare up front that I am a big fan...

What does current awareness mean to me? The entrepreneur's view

I have always been a big believer in the benefits of cross-pollinating ideas – of picking up concepts and techniques...

Where can I find free online courses on library management skills?

What a difference a few weeks make! Earlier in the month I said that "the whole library and information world seems...

Librarians as content creators: Are you an untapped resource?

I want to convince you that you should be involved with creating content. Why?

A labour of love: How to build a wiki from scratch

Nothing in life is certain, except for death and taxes. However, for today’s internet-savvy world, the phrase should...

Agile: A Manifesto for Collaborative Thinking?

There has been a lot of talk amongst law firms about agile working as a way of improving workflow and collaboration....

Looking for an #infopro conference in 2020?

In January there is always a sense of optimism about what the year will bring in terms of continuing professional...

Why is Vable the perfect solution for your content aggregation needs?

As I read the various articles outlining legal tech trends for 2020, one article stood out. It inspired me to...

Vable’s Top 7 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2019

Here we are again, bouncing into a brand new year and towards a new decade!  The Vable team is currently finalising...

Was 2019 more than #greggsvegansausageroll?

These longer evenings give me time to reflect on an eventful year - for legal tech as well as the broader political...

What kind of information professional are you?

How do I differentiate myself using current awareness?

The final case study that I presented at the KMInsight Legal Libraries 2019 event illustrated how aggregated current...

How will Millennials impact current awareness services?

OK Boomer?” If you have been following Twitter over the past month or so, you’ll be aware that social media...

19 Free Multimedia Tools to Inspire

Creating engaging and powerful images and videos can be a real challenge for library and information people....

Become your organisation’s trusted advisor

I had the privilege to speak at the KMInsight conference recently and thought that it would be helpful to publish an...

Adding the right content to your current awareness platform

In my previous post on legal tech sources I enjoyed demonstrating what I want to explain in this post. A recent Jinfo

30+ Titles to Keep You on Top of Innovation in Legal Tech

I spend a lot of time curating the various law and tech community websites and blogs. In order to get the best legal...

#IFLA: From LIS Mentoring to LIS MOOCs

There has been plenty of Twitter discussion recently about mentoring in the library and information profession -...

Librarians as Knowledge Producers and Curators

This article on digital curation made me think about this IFLA session from last year. The reminder that we are all...

CMOs: Why it pays to collaborate

Information sharing and dissemination goes to the heart of what legal information professionals do, so why has it...

IFLA Meeting:  Librarians as (pro)motors of change

We’ve recently enjoyed library and information conferences, such as CILIP, BIALL and AALL, and yet, there are more...

Why your information service is the key to your law firm’s success

Your organisation’s success depends on information and, without an efficient flow, organisations face insurmountable...

How much would you sell your library card for?

I was reading through my #BIALL2019 notes and decided to amalgamate two related sets. The first is the excellent...

Are you ready to capitalise on your strengths at #AALL2019

AALL is the largest legal information management event of the year so it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the many...

#BIALL2019: Let’s (not) talk about Artificial Intelligence

The focus of BIALL 2019 was “Past Present Future”. Press releases are continuously pushing buzzwords like AI,...

Reflections on Brexit - from #BIALL2019

Manchester 2017 saw us welcome David Allen Green for the first plenary session/ Willi Steiner Memorial Lecture on...

Can jargon be a force for good, or is it a necessary evil?

Jargon is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "special words or expressions used by a profession or group that are...

Countdown to #BIALL2019 - a preview

Conference season is almost upon us once again, and Team Vable are busy making plans for some exciting upcoming...

Who to read in the library and information blogosphere

Keeping up to date with library and information colleagues has never been easier. Everyday I find a new blog to read...

Communications and the simple ‘Power of Asking’

Twitter is a reliable bellwether of organisational pre-occupations. With confidence, I can report that client...

How do I maximise client engagement with our law firm’s newsletters?

We didn't see COVID-19 coming. But we have had the opportunity to implement all the solutions that we need for...

How can non-market intelligence help my organisation?

Competitive intelligence research is a standard requirement for most library and information professionals. Whether...

Atlanta: Your Vable Guide to #LMA 2019

My colleague Emily is looking forward to welcoming LMA Conference attendees to her vibrant and historic home city of...

4 Questions legal marketeers should ask about content

Content curation is no longer just a library management skill. It has been the epitome of cool for some time; from...

LMA 2019 - Vable's pick of key sessions

We all know how important it is to attend the right conference and we are excited to announce that Team Vable will...

How to improve your writing skills immediately!

We all have quirks in our writing. For many years I enjoyed constructing long sentenced, semicolon studded, purple...

6 Inspirational Women in the Library & Information World

I have to thank my friends overseas for introducing me to International Women’s Day. We’ve marched, sung, cried and...

How to get everyone involved in your BD strategy

Marketing & business development (MBD) and client relationship management (CRM) are central to the ongoing growth...

Read all about it!

A lot can happen in a week. The Vable team always have their ears to the ground and want to highlight a couple of...

Library Planet: Sharing the Library Love

Libraries and information centres are rarely featured in traditional travel guides unless they are flagship or...

Find inspiration with 5 Ted Talks engage with clients and end-users

Successful client engagement is about making connections with your current awareness strategy. With this in mind I...

In-house legal departments: dynamic disruptors?

As an information professional I am fascinated by the way in which information spreads across an organisation. And -...

Challenge the status quo: Build better client relationships in 2019

Why fix what you don’t think is broken? Once upon a time a single organisation-wide internal newsletter was good...

2018 in review: Vable's top 7 blog posts

As the Vable team look forward to an exciting new year of current awareness and premium news aggregation...

Current Awareness: where tech and fake news meet

The information industry has never been more aware of the importance of current awareness provision. Keeping up to...

"Legal Upheaval" by Michele DeStefano (book review)

We live in a hi-tech world where even the simple act of reading can depend on electronic devices. You catch the news...

Transparency and respect: Data protection and research

Carrying out research is something we are all familiar with, but we might not necessarily be up to date on the laws...

Trickle, Torrent, Flood? Directing the information flow

Working directly with news content can feel overwhelming due to the sheer quantity of information. As such, two...

5 Ways to easier networking

Networking can be challenging for many information people but it is a skill you can acquire. Following on from the ...

AI and Intelligent Communications in Knowledge Management

This post has come out of an initiative to improve communications with our clients here at Vable. As a client you...

Ways you can improve your library induction training

August doesn’t mean holidays for many library and information services. All professional service providers - banks,...

COVID-19 and working agile: We are all tech companies now!

This BIALL 2018 Conference post has been on my mind for the past month because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. As...

How business planning can help us prepare for the future

At Vable we believe that business skills for librarians are as essential as research skills. Through conferences and...

The essential human element of Artificial Intelligence

These notes are taken from a most satisfying CLSIG event with Alex G Smith. It was a timely wake up call for how...

Emerging trends in legal technology: Bridging the law firm experience gap

Nothing should be read in isolation. As I was putting together notes from Robert’s recent webinar, this article...

Libraries at work: meeting, sharing, learning

This is the second in a series of blog posts which will come out of the recent BIALL conference in Birmingham. There...

Librarians: Embrace the career revolution!

This is the first in a series of blog posts which will come out of the recent BIALL conference in Birmingham. The...

Taking back control of your entire organisation’s inbox

As an information professional, you’re essentially managing the current awareness component of the email inboxes of...

Techniques for competitive intelligence in the library and information environment

As information professionals we play important roles in their organizations’ competitive intelligence program, but...

I’ve got designs on development: What BIALL 2018 means to me

I’ve attended more BIALL conferences than I care to think about but discovering the theme for each never gets old....

Your BIALL 2018 Guide: Parallel Sessions, Speakers, and More

At Vable we’re as excited about BIALL’s annual conference as you are. With plans underway we’ve taken a look at the...

What to do about all those GDPR emails

By now, you’ve probably received dozens of emails - from every company you’ve ever interacted with - either asking...

The News Blackout: Is there a better way?

Last month, a remarkable story went viral. The New York Times profiled1 a man who after November 8, 2016 refused to...

Librarians and the future of medicine

As we head to the next century, libraries have to think about the possibility of shared space. My previous post...

Librarians and privacy in the age of Cambridge Analytica

Have you deleted your Facebook account? Be honest. Have you even reviewed your privacy settings on any other social...

Why GDPR is an opportunity for library & information professionals

One commentator recently noted that the fastest growing market at the moment is for personal information.1 Everybody...

Budget Planning: It's not just about figures

March 31st is upon us, and this has prompted us to think about budgets. Even if your annual library budget for next...

Call for comment: What does Cambridge Analytica tell us about the importance of librarians?

By Clare Brown and Remy Maisel

Introducing Clare Brown, a Law Librarian and Vable’s new Topic Specialist

Despite premature reports of the death of librarianship, law librarians continue to be in high demand - sometimes in...

Is Agile Project Management right for your library?

It’s impossible to talk about libraries these days without talking about change. As the needs of users change, and...

What management skills do you need to run a library?

Most professional jobs require at least an element of management, and being a librarian is no exception. Yet, a...

It’s time to recalculate your library’s ROI. Here's how:

You might think that you shouldn’t still need to make a case for your continued existence, and I understand your...

Performing in-house outreach: Marketing the library within your organisation

You already know that your library can offer other departments within your organisation invaluable help. But do they...

15 stories that foster a lifelong love of libraries

Your kids, your peers, and even your bosses might not understand what you do as a librarian. However you know that...

What is the difference between Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management?

A newcomer to the information and knowledge management field like myself - whether you are entering the KM field or...

How do we combat fake news? 3 simple steps before clicking 'Share'

We tend to think of fake news1 as a modern problem, thanks to the increased focus on fake news generated by events...

Do more with less - 8 ways to have a productive 2018

Ah, new year. Time for our annual barrage of “new year, new you” adverts and the never ending pressure to create a...

The one thing that surprised me about being a librarian…

The one thing that surprised me about being a Librarian is that while we serve many knowledgeable people, our value...

7 times the library stole the show in Hollywood

It’s sadly all too rare these days for the library to feel like they’re centre stage. Even in the media, it can...

“What do you actually do?” 3 Analogies to illustrate the Information Professional’s work

Most people can picture what “a Librarian” is, remembering them as the guardians of books at school or university....

How current is your library? 5 of the latest tech trends

In a world where girl scouts are able to earn badges in robotics and cyber security1, it pays to keep up with...

How to use Current Awareness technology to gain competitive advantage

Professional services organizations are in possession of specialized superior knowledge that their customers simply...

Summer Conference recap: Fresh library inspiration for the New Season

It’s that time of year again. The stores are filled with tempting stationery supplies, the weather is turning a...

6 examples of beautiful (and smart) library design

Library design is a very particular thing. It has to fit with the building in which it is contained, whilst also...

How to develop a budget that you and your organisation can live with

Putting together your library budget can be a daunting task to say the least. With few Librarians coming from a...

The Sessions, Speakers and more: Your #AALL2017 guide

Now you know where to go in Austin, what will you do at #AALL2017 itself? From library marketing to the very latest...

Austin: Your #AALL2017 Guide

The fastest growing city in the United States is playing host to #AALL2017. With a population growth rate of 3.15%...

Libraries in the 22nd Century

Much of the reporting on the future of libraries discusses the rise of digital content, shrinking budgets, and the...

Human or machine – why not human AND machine?

Continuing the theme of recapping #BIALL2017 we’re back this week to relive another fantastic session, this time...

A story of collaboration between client and law firm: Shell & Norton Rose Fulbright

Last week at #BIALL2017 I was lucky enough to find the time to attend some of the sessions from this year’s...

How to join the (Library) Community on Twitter

I have two goals for this blog post, dear reader: to persuade librarians who are already tweeting to join a...

Manchester: Your #BIALL2017 Guide

Following the events of May 22nd, Manchester has been in the thoughts of many of us around the world - not just for...

If clients aren’t asking for it, you’re not getting it

If clients aren’t asking for it, you’re not getting it. Or so the saying goes. There is currently much talk in the...

Why do we even need Current Awareness?

What’s the deal with current awareness? The term is such a buzz word throughout the professions but what does it...

Library and marketing: On friendship and competition

We’re seeing a growing trend towards a closer alignment between the marketing department and library teams as the...

The biggest challenge facing libraries and information services today

Communications and promotion are the biggest challenges that information professionals face today. This is why...

What does it take to build a successful library team?

It’s clear that there is no set path to becoming a Librarian. Many Librarians will have started out with careers in...

Collaboration: How can we improve vendor - client relationships?

It often takes a crisis to highlight client-vendor relationships. A revolution in legal tech is currently unfolding...

What if we thought of information as food?

To succeed in life, in fact to simply live, we need food to fuel our bodies. This food must be of sufficient quality...

How have library job titles evolved? Reflections on recent years

A quick LinkedIn search reveals that there are 158,455 Librarians, 71,224 Information Officers and 10,479 Knowledge...

Smart collaboration – The winningest strategy of all

When I was asked to write this guest blog about the relationship between marketing and the library in law firms, I...

Deep Web, deep insights - why you need a librarian

Last week I attended a fascinating webinar from the team at LibSource, exploring the theme of the deep web and its...

Natural Language Processing for your library

There is much hype and discussion in the professions at the moment surrounding the topics of artificial intelligence...

Cyber Security - What your library needs to know

Earlier this year, 17 US public libraries were hit by a ransomware attack. It took several days for the St Louis...

Ten top blogs for Info Pros

Information Professionals and Librarians are tasked with finding and curating information to support the development...

Fake News - A golden opportunity for your library

Recent global events have generated an influx of discussions surrounding the issue of fake news and the impact it...

Investment in Knowledge - The History of Knowledge Management

Whereas the world historically used to depend on visible capital in the form of land and labour, as economies have...

How to Winterproof your library

The last few weeks have seen a wave of inclement weather across the US and UK with many offices being forced to...

5 New Year’s Resolutions for your Information Service

New Year, new you new library. What if you made 2017 the year that you transformed your information service?  

Get ahead of the game: The Info Pro’s 2017 Conference calendar

As the holiday festivities draw to a close and the new year celebrations fade away, we find ourselves facing 365 (or...

Knowledge Management: One path to a thriving law library

For lawyers as for everyone, information is more readily available than ever before. But it has also never been more...

Behind the scenes at PinHawk

Late October saw Vable head to Washington DC, as part of our USA Roadshow, for a very special collaboration with the...

How to effectively communicate to Millennials and Baby Boomers simultaneously

In a recent Librarian interview project conducted by Vable, 75% of respondents listed effective communication skills...

The need for actionable content in a world of short attention spans

We live in a world of too much. Too much information, too much work, too much to do, too much time spent on things...

Breaking the librarian stereotype #iamalibrarian

Those social media fans amongst you may well recognise the hashtag in the title of this post - #iamalibrarian....

How to Cope with Constant Distractions in the Library

Librarians are unique workers in that, for them, there is no typical day. A Librarian could well plan out their full...

3 key takeaways from the London Taxonomy Bootcamp Conference

Last week I had the opportunity to be a delegate at the first ever Taxonomy Bootcamp to take place in Europe....

5 fresh ideas for Information Professionals to continue with professional development

In an environment so fast-paced as the information sector it’s all too easy to get caught up in your day-to-day,...

The changing library: from a physical space to a service

Recent years have seen a gradual metamorphosis of the traditional library space as print goes out of fashion, the...

How to get your lawyers to admit that they don’t always know

None of us like to admit that we don’t know the answer to something. Yet, it can be incredibly frustrating (and, at...

4 business practices to freshen up your library strategy

For Librarians and Information Specialists, efficiency is absolutely paramount. Budget cuts (that I’m sure we’re all...

Are librarians and information professionals becoming Data Analysts?

We all know that to succeed at work one must be constantly innovating - keeping up with the latest technologies,...

The essential guide to managing a distributed library team

Working agile and remote working are now the new normal for library and information teams, and learning how to deal...

Explore Chicago like a local for AALL

On the banks of Lake Michigan sits the windy city, home to Barack Obama, Harrison Ford and, for a weekend this July,...

The evolution of content curation: A librarian’s guide

Every minute, Google receives over 4,000,000 search queries, and email users send 204,000,000 messages. To say that...

Negotiate to get yourself (and your library) ahead

Librarians are facing an explosion of new technology resources, leading to pressure to move away from traditional...

BIALL event: The evolving landscape of legal information

Earlier this month we were lucky enough to attend the first BIALL (British & Irish Association of Law Librarians)...

How to network like an Info Pro at Conference

In our recent rundown of the Top Summer Events for Law Librarians we posited that the most prominent advantage of...

Top Summer Events for Law Librarians (and why you should attend)

As the sun peeps further out from behind the clouds, conference season is soon to be upon us. This is such an...

5 ways to supercharge your lawyers through content

We’ve heard it time and time again, we are living in an information age. Never before have we had so much...

Free ebook: Striking the balance between Content Curation and Automation

We are living in a knowledge economy. In an increasingly competitive industry, the one true differentiator left...

Why our world would end if legal librarians disappeared

There is a common misconception that, as the online information age ploughs on everstrong, libraries are going to...

Information Specialists’ biggest blunder with paid content

We all know that in today’s society you get what you pay for. The more you pay, the better quality of product you...

4 Legal marketing tools your competitors are using to stay ahead

So I hear you’re a marketing superstar. You’re doing every single thing within your power, and knowledge, to keep...

7 quick tips to improve relationships with frustrated lawyers

In a high pressure environment such as law firms it’s to be expected that, on occasion, tensions are going to run...

Stop drowning in content and use Automation to simplify your life

Does your job feel like trying to keep your head above heaps of content? It’s time to take action to stop wasting...

Keeping Content King

"Content is king" - that saying, coined by Bill Gates in 1996, is true now more than ever before. However, the value...

5 ways to improve your ROI through better external content management

Improve your workflow processes, your time management skills and increase efficiency and productivity

This week I had the opportunity to attend the January luncheon for ALLA – the Atlanta chapter of AALL. With an...

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