Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

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 your entire organisation. It’s no easy task - but at least you can be grateful that you probably deal with more digital sources than hard copies.

Topics: Technology Productivity Automation Company Announcements curated alerts vable inbox

Techniques for Competitive Intelligence in the Library & Information Environment

As information professionals we play important roles in their organizations’ competitive intelligence program, but often neglect applying that same rigor to our own information environments. Just like others in our organizations, librarians must understand precisely who their competition is, the library “owned” products and services provided to a client base, the words and mechanisms employed to persuade prospective clients, the degree of product/service satisfaction, and most importantly, the value your clients place on each.

Topics: Guest Post Library Competitive Intelligence Organisational Learning Business Skills

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. The theme for this year’s BIALL conference ‘Designing our future: debate, develop, deliver’ put me in a thoughtful frame of mind because it goes straight to the point, with a practical three point plan. Inevitably it is not a new topic. From 1970 when Law Librarians were thinking of their next ten years, our conferences have always enjoyed exploring where we - and the industry - are headed.

Topics: BIALL

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

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 about libraries of the 22nd century discussed how space and cost will drive libraries to share facilities and resources. The possibilities are endless but one of the more intriguing options is the burgeoning field of telemedicine.

Topics: Data Ethics Medicine Medical Tech Telemedicine

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 media site, let alone Facebook?

Topics: Bigdata Data Data Protection GDPR Ethics privacy

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 wants to know everything and our reliance on being technologically connected means we are increasingly comfortable with making our private lives visible. And until now, the regulatory framework has struggled to protect the individual against a wholesale requirement of providing a discoverable trail of personal data.

Topics: Library Data Business Skills Data Protection GDPR Ethics

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