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Who to read in the library and information blogosphere

Keeping up to date with library and information colleagues has never been easier. Everyday I find a new blog to read and it enriches my professional life to know that ideas, concerns, passions are shared. As part of this sharing experience, here are some blogs that I read regularly. (Updated 8th May in response to Twitter conversations.

 
Topics: Current awareness Collaboration Inspirational Librarians

How to get everyone involved in your BD strategy

Marketing & business development (MBD) and client relationship management (CRM) are central to the ongoing growth and success of any organisation. After my conversation with the in-house lawyer, I was inspired to turn to another friend - let’s call her Fatima - for insight into the role of the legal business development specialist, and how it has changed.

Topics: Collaboration Competitive intelligence Business development Business strategy

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

"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

Librarians and the future of medicine

As we head to the next century, libraries have to think about the possibility of shared space. My previous post about libraries of the 22nd century discussed how space and cost will drive libraries to share facilities and resources. The possibilities are endless but one of the more intriguing options is the burgeoning field of telemedicine.

Topics: Guest Post Collaboration Medicine Medical Tech Telemedicine Library spaces Communications

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

Performing in-house outreach: Marketing the library within your organisation

You already know that your library can offer other departments within your organisation invaluable help. But do they know that?

Topics: Collaboration Business development Communications Training

Libraries in the 22nd Century

Much of the reporting on the future of libraries discusses the rise of digital content, shrinking budgets, and the need for librarians to expand their roles, especially in the research process. Indeed, we have seen all of these scenarios unfolding for the past 20 years. Libraries developed makerspaces, embedded librarians, collaborative spaces, access to digital collections, but what’s coming for the library for the next century?

Topics: Guest Post Collaboration Business skills Library spaces Research