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Remy Maisel

Remy Maisel

An American werewolf in London. In 2014, I became the first undergraduate at Penn State University to co-author a textbook with a professor: "Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Politics", for Palgrave Macmillan. I moved to London to complete a Master's in Creative Writing at City, University of London, and haven't been ejected yet.

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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 schedule and highlighted some of the sessions and speakers that look especially interesting. Clare Brown, Vable’s resident information professional, will be attending BIALL as a delegate - and although we think she’s magical, she can’t be in two places at once. Here’s a look at some of the events that we feel are Must Attends.

Topics: Event Insider BIALL clare brown conference

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 you to confirm that you’ve opted into receiving their emails (did you?) or just reiterating their privacy policy. I’ve personally received emails from an estate agency whose only contact with me previously was ignoring an email I sent them about a property in Chiswick two years ago.

Topics: Bigdata Data Data Protection GDPR Ethics privacy

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 learn about anything in the news. He even went as far as to listen to white noise in public to avoid overhearing anything. The reaction on Twitter2 was harsh and well-deserved: ‘Today in White Male Privilege’ seemed to sum up the radical selfishness of the subject of the profile.

Topics: News Current awareness Fake News information overload curated alerts news blackouts

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 year is already written in stone, it’s worth reflecting on your budget - and the process you use to plan your budget - now, while the experience is fresh.

Topics: Library Budget Business Skills

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 new and different roles. We at Vable are excited to be part of the vanguard of technology and other companies that are recognising the value of information professionals and finding new ways to utilise the unique skill set they embody.

Topics: Productivity Library Company Announcements Management clare brown Team Vable

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 as technology changes, libraries must adapt in order to continue to serve their users and organisations well. So as libraries are asked to change quickly - and incorporate new technologies - some are turning to the software development world to adapt their methods of fast-paced working for the library.

Topics: Productivity Collaboration Library Management Business Skills

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, according to Ken Haycock, few beginning Library and Information Science students will say they want to be managers or leaders in the field. What’s more, many LIS graduates also complain1 that they lacked training and education in management during their studies, while others say2 that management modules that were offered but they were not required. So what training would LIS students need to feel qualified to be library managers?

Topics: Productivity Collaboration Library Budget Management Business Skills

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 frustration. However, there’s an ongoing problem across industries of people not understanding what exactly Knowledge Management professionals do.

Topics: Productivity Collaboration Library Marketing Outreach Budget

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 know that?

Topics: Productivity Work smarter Collaboration Library Marketing Outreach

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 your role is absolutely essential, no matter what kind of library you work in. The good news is that you don’t have to lecture them to get them to understand. Every librarian knows that books make the best teachers1, so here’s a list of 15 stories that can teach kids and adults to love libraries.

Topics: Humor Library