Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

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A lot can happen in a week. The Vable team always have their ears to the ground and want to highlight a couple of recent information-related items in the news. 

Topics: News Current awareness Fake news Knowledge management Team Vable Digest

Library Planet: Sharing the Library Love

Libraries and information centres are rarely featured in traditional travel guides unless they are flagship or historical showpieces, like national libraries or famous university libraries. And yet, they are stunningly beautiful and inspiring places!

Topics: Guest Post Library spaces

5 Ted Talks to get clients & end-users engaged

Successful client engagement is about making connections. With this in mind I want to talk about engagement marketing in a more interesting and creative way. It is broadly defined as ‘the use of strategic, and resourceful content to engage people, companies, or brands in order to create meaningful interactions over time’.

Topics: Collaboration Business development Vable Connect Communications

In-house legal departments: dynamic disruptors?

As an information professional I am fascinated by the way in which information spreads across an organisation. And - as far as information management is concerned - I’m always keen to learn more about different sectors and industries. Take in-house legal departments, for example: legally qualified people fulfilling a vital role in their company’s long-term success. In my mind, a function which filters information in a similar ways to law libraries.

Topics: Collaboration Business development Legaltech Vable Connect

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 enough. However it is increasingly apparent that basic daily alerts are old-fashioned and inadequate. Not only that, but businesses need to connect and collaborate with their clients. One way of doing this is through easy-to-manage, intelligent, and targeted news updates.

Topics: Current awareness Collaboration Competitive intelligence Business development Legaltech Vable Connect Communications

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 developments, we take a brief look back over our most popular 2018 blog posts. It was an exciting year when information awareness went mainstream from the GDPR implementation, as well as the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Topics: Current awareness BIALL Legaltech Fake news Social media GDPR Agile working Networking

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 date with news, markets, clients, and industries is central to the success of all types of organisations - from legal, financial services, health, or the third sector. Information and research services, or equivalent, are generally responsible for managing and delivering accurate, reliable, and targeted updates for their end-users.

Topics: Current awareness SLA Legaltech Fake news Social media Artificial intelligence Communications

"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 on your mobile or tablet; reading for pleasure might mean a Kindle; and longer articles perhaps become ‘TL;DR’ because of service interruption. Imagine the pleasure then, of a picking up a book. Michele DeStefano’s 2018 hardback has been a constant travel companion and physical reminder of the nebulous world of legal innovation.

Topics: Collaboration Business development Legaltech Book Review

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 which are associated with it. Everyone has heard of GDPR - but practically speaking, how has it impacted on how you should approach research? A seminar held by the University of London outlined the main concerns; although it was aimed at academics, it was useful for information professionals. We must be aware of the rules regarding the gathering, storing, re-use, and disposal of research data.

Topics: Event Data protection GDPR Ethics Privacy Research

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 recent (unrelated) conversations struck a chord when they imagined the abstract concept of information flow using ‘firefighting’ imagery*. Here I revisit some ideas about how information people - and content providers - act as intermediaries to help their end-users avoid the information deluge.

Topics: Current awareness Content management Data Knowledge management