Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

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 prose. This isn’t ideal when you are embarking on academic study so I learned to self-edit and proofread.

Topics: Productivity Work smarter App review Business skills

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 induction blog posting, it’s that time of year when you will be required to meet lots of new people - welcome lunches, evening events etc. So I thought I’d revisit some notes that I’ve found helpful in the past. As an added bonus there is a CILIP event coming up on exactly this issue.  

Topics: Event Business skills Networking

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 need to talk to us, and we want to make it as easy as possible. After all, everyone values an organisation with which they can communicate promptly and efficiently.

Topics: Technology Business skills Artificial intelligence Communications

Ways you can improve your library induction training

August doesn’t mean holidays for many library and information services. All professional service providers - banks, accountancy, consultancy, and law firms - as well as educational establishments will be preparing inductions and training for September’s new starters. So how can we ensure that end-users are equipped with the right research skills to carry out their work?

Topics: Business skills Research Training

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 workshops together we can learn from each other and share best practice. Practical, immediately applicable sessions are always the most popular events at BIALL, and Claire Fox’s session was full. She focused on business planning and how we can assist our organisations in ensuring future success.

Topics: BIALL Business skills Business strategy

Techniques for competitive intelligence in the library and 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 Competitive intelligence Organisational learning Business skills Business strategy

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: Financial management Business skills Business strategy

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: Business development Financial management Business skills Business strategy

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 still resides in our ability to mediate between the collection and the people we serve. As Librarians, we can be confident that we remain experts in knowing where the right information can be found, to the point where we can legitimately train our clients in research skills.

Topics: Guest Post Business skills Research Communications Business strategy Training

“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. And yet, there are some Librarians who do something more specific; they occupy such a narrow niche that they rarely enter the public consciousness. So as a Law Librarian or Information Professional, how do you explain your job to people outside your field?

Topics: Guest Post Business skills Communications