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

It’s Time to Recalculate Your Library’s ROI. Here's How:

You might think that you shouldn’t still need to make a case for your continued existence, and I understand your frustration. However, there’s an ongoing problem across industries of people not understanding what exactly Knowledge Management professionals do.

Topics: Productivity Collaboration Library Marketing Outreach Budget

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?

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A story of collaboration between client and law firm: Shell & Norton Rose Fulbright

Last week at #BIALL2017 I was lucky enough to find the time to attend some of the sessions from this year’s excellent speakers. One that particularly caught my attention was from Hilary Smith and Miriam Davis, where they recounted their experience of working together to provide an enquiry service to Shell’s legal community. Kudos to both Hilary and Miriam for delivering such an insightful and engaging talk, one which we are happily able to recap below.

Topics: Event Collaboration Library

How to Join the (Library) Community on Twitter

I have two goals for this blog post, dear reader: to persuade librarians who are already tweeting to join a community using #iamalibrarian and to persuade librarians who are not on Twitter to at least read the tweets ofthis community.

Topics: Guest Post Current awareness Collaboration

5 fresh ideas for Information Professionals to continue with professional development

In an environment so fast-paced as the information sector it’s all too easy to get caught up in your day-to-day, leaving little time to focus on your own professional development. For Information Professionals, the value and importance of information sharing is clear - so be sure to do it for yourself too!

Topics: Productivity Work smarter Collaboration

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: Work smarter Collaboration Library

How to Network Like an Info Pro at Conference

In our recent rundown of the Top Summer Events for Law Librarians we posited that the most prominent advantage of attending in-person events is the opportunity to network, but this is not always an easy task for all. So often we end up spending most of our days behind a computer screen, meaning that it is far easier to connect with a new person online than it is in reality. When it comes to networking in a sea of strangers it is all too easy to be overcome with fear of looking like a fool or lack of confidence. Thankfully, there are a whole host of methods by which to combat this.

Topics: Event Work smarter Collaboration

Embedded Librarians - 2 presentations

I share the write-up of an SLA Georgia chapter lunch & learn held last month.

Topics: Event Collaboration SLA Library