Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

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: Library Management Knowledge Management Business Skills Event Tips for Librarians

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: AALL Technology Business Skills Library Management Knowledge Management SaaS

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: AALL Technology BIALL Business Skills Agile Library Library Management

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: AALL Technology BIALL Business Skills Agile Library Library Management

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: AALL Technology BIALL Business Skills Agile Library Library Management

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: Competitive Intelligence Library Business Skills Organisational Learning Guest Post

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 GDPR Data Protection Data Ethics Business Skills

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: Business Skills Budget Library

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: Library Collaboration Productivity 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: Library Budget Collaboration Productivity Management Business Skills