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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

Agile libraries: Case studies from the world of law

This is the fourth in our BIALL 2018 Conference series, and I can recommend you read it in conjunction with our other piece on agile working. Vable uses agile methodology to manage workflow, and it requires a mental shift if you are accustomed to a more traditional workplace. The more we collaborate and share experiences, we can make new ways of working possible in a corporate/legal library environment.

Topics: Event BIALL Legaltech Agile working

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 were a couple of sessions which demonstrated that law firms and libraries are on the same page when it comes to working agile. But with a twist...

Topics: Event BIALL Agile working Library spaces

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: Technology Change management Productivity Collaboration Agile working

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 digital age has made global teams a possibility, and changes in working methods take the Librarian into a new physical sphere. But, what does it really mean? And how is it impacting upon the typical library space we have grown to love? Can a library exist without books?

Topics: Change management Agile working Library spaces

The essential guide to managing a distributed library team

As technologies develop further, transport links make our world seem smaller and global business transactions become the norm, we are seeing more and more dispersed and distributed teams come into being. Writing for AALL, Doug Southard speaks of fifteen Researchers, located in nine different offices across four different countries at law firm WilmerHale, showing just how geographies and time differences seem to no longer be a boundary when it comes to international business.

Topics: Technology Collaboration Agile working Business strategy

Portable standing desks

My desk is of the traditional sit-down variety, but the handy standing converter is an oft-used addition to my office equipment. I am a huge fan, and use this in particular for online meetings and important calls, as well as to alter my posture throughout the day.

Topics: Productivity Work smarter Agile working

Where work happens

Recently we took another quick look at the demise of the office space, as the general trend towards remote working grows. As the physical working space is changing, so is the virtual one. We have all heard (probably too much) of the "social enterprise", but what does it really mean? And is it really improving work performance?

My first reply to that is: it has to. There may be more experimentation required to find the perfect solutions, but remote working is happening and therefore we do need new ways to communicate.

In addition I firmly believe that working trends are continuously evolving in the endless pursuit for increased productivity and performance. There may be some trial and error involved, but the direction is maintained.

The truth is that even with all employees in the same office at the same time, communication is never perfect. We still will sit at our desks and send out a dozen emails to discuss a subject that would have taken a 5 minute conversation face to face. And if we rely too heavily on email for basic conversations, think of the other information we are ignoring by not having the appropriate push tools: team updates, corporate updates, files to be shared, meeting reminders, business intelligence, reporting, etc.

This isn't just about keeping informed: interaction is also important, especially in the Innovation department.

The above table is a Mckinsey study showing that social technologies can increase enterprise productivity by up to 25%. Not everybody agrees with the study's outcome, but perhaps it is a question of the new work tools becoming the norm, rather than part of "trying something new".

From personal experience: workflow has been improved and vastly simplified by tools like document-sharing sites, project collaboration tools, internal chat applications and good old web conferencing. I have made it a personal mission to minimise emails: it is a long-term mission, I'm beginning to see, but I will keep working at it.

I am a firm believer in these new collaboration and knowledge sharing tools, but I also think they are in infant stages, and it will take a couple of work generations for them to become the norm. Having said that: generations are becoming shorter too, so established new practices may still occur faster than we expect.

Agree or disagree with this assessment, the subject certainly can't be ignored.

Topics: Productivity SaaS Agile working

More on the demise of the office space

I came across another short piece about how cloud computing is affecting the physical working space. The article quotes Intel's Steve Brown saying that people are still greatly migrating towards cities, but at the same time their physical location has less and less bearing on working practices.

Topics: Technology Productivity SaaS Agile working