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Librarians: Embrace the career revolution!

This is the first in a series of blog posts which will come out of the recent BIALL conference in Birmingham. The theme of ‘Designing our Future’ has never felt so full of possibility and excitement as we head into the third decade of this century. The session on ‘the career revolution’ spoke to us all in a particular way; a show of hands demonstrated that none of us had been unaffected by changes in the sector. No more is there such a thing as a job for life.

Topics: Change management Event BIALL Training

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

Do more with less - 8 ways to have a productive 2018

Ah, new year. Time for our annual barrage of “new year, new you” adverts and the never ending pressure to create a whole host of new year’s resolutions that, deep down, you know you’ll never keep. It’s no wonder that the January blues hit us so hard. But what if, this year, we tried something different? What if we tried doing less?

Topics: Change management Productivity Work smarter Attention management

If clients aren’t asking for it, you’re not getting it

If clients aren’t asking for it, you’re not getting it. Or so the saying goes. There is currently much talk in the industry saying that the legal sector has hit a wall when it comes to driving forward change. Law firms are waiting on clients to push them to change, whilst, in contrast, clients seem to be waiting on law firms to be proactive or change in response to market pressure (D. Casey Flaherty, 2016).

Topics: Change management Business development Legaltech

The biggest challenge facing libraries and information services today

We recently conducted a short survey exploring how library job titles had changed over time, as well as what goes on behind that title in the Librarian’s role itself. Although the sample size was relatively small, the results speak a lot to what we are seeing across the information industry at the moment.

Topics: Technology Change management Business skills Team Vable Communications

How have library job titles evolved? Reflections on recent years

A quick LinkedIn search reveals that there are 158,455 Librarians, 71,224 Information Officers and 10,479 Knowledge Managers on the professional networking site. Whilst industries such as legal and academic tend to have more Librarians, and accounting and banking more Information Professionals, we are seeing a growing trend of library job titles shifting away from the traditional Librarian, towards a broader information role.

Topics: Change management Knowledge management Business skills

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

Negotiate to get yourself (and your library) ahead

Librarians are facing an explosion of new technology resources, leading to pressure to move away from traditional operation practices into a fresh wave of innovation, all coupled with tighter budgets and financial pressures. To quote Maria Collins, in her foreword to The Librarian’s Guide to Negotiation: “This constant flux within the library environment makes it ripe for negotiation. With each negotiation, a Librarian gains an opportunity to influence change”.

Topics: Technology Change management Financial management

BIALL 2016 - Developing an alternative toolset for driving change in library services

Last week, the British legal information community jumped on a plane across the Irish Sea to Dublin for three days of learning and networking at the 2016 BIALL Conference. We at Linex were excited to be exhibiting again, and with our stand positioned right at the entrance you couldn’t miss us!

Topics: Change management Event BIALL

You are not an imposter

I saw quite a bit of commentary on Twitter, primarily, about Justine Hyde’s talk at a VALA event in Australia. Her presentation was entitled: Fear, failure and frauds: is there an imposter in the library?

Topics: Change management Work smarter Collaboration Business skills