Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

Trickle, Torrent, Flood? Directing the information flow

Working directly with news content can feel overwhelming due to the sheer quantity of information. As such, two recent (unrelated) conversations struck a chord when they imagined the abstract concept of information flow using ‘firefighting’ imagery*. Here I revisit some ideas about how information people - and content providers - act as intermediaries to help their end-users avoid the information deluge.

Topics: Library Management Knowledge Management Current awareness

The News Blackout: Is There a Better Way?

Last month, a remarkable story went viral. The New York Times profiled1 a man who after November 8, 2016 refused to learn about anything in the news. He even went as far as to listen to white noise in public to avoid overhearing anything. The reaction on Twitter2 was harsh and well-deserved: ‘Today in White Male Privilege’ seemed to sum up the radical selfishness of the subject of the profile.

Topics: Fake News News Current awareness news blackouts information overload curated alerts

Call for comment: What does Cambridge Analytica tell us about the importance of librarians?

By Clare Brown and Remy Maisel

Topics: clare brown Team Vable Company Announcements Data Data Protection GDPR Current awareness

How Do We Combat Fake News? 3 Simple Steps Before Clicking 'Share'

We tend to think of fake news1 as a modern problem, thanks to the increased focus on fake news generated by events like the 2016 American presidential election. But the spread of misinformation is a concern that dates back much further. In 1710, Jonathan Swift wrote,2 “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.”

Topics: Current awareness Technology News Attention Management Fake News Social Media

How to Use Current Awareness Technology to Gain Competitive Advantage

Professional services organizations are in possession of specialized superior knowledge that their customers simply do not have, meaning that their main product is knowledge. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that their competitive advantage hinges upon the quality of knowledge within their organization. Knowledge must be timely, accurate, relevant, tailored and proactive. This is what will set you apart from your competition.

Topics: Library Current awareness Technology

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: Collaboration Guest Post Current awareness

Why Do We Even Need Current Awareness?

What’s the deal with current awareness? The term is such a buzz word throughout the professions but what does it really mean? Why do we need it, and where do we even begin? Nobody wants to feel lost at sea.

Topics: Library Current awareness

What If We Thought Of Information As Food?

To succeed in life, in fact to simply live, we need food to fuel our bodies. This food must be of sufficient quality and contain the right nutrients to nourish us appropriately and efficiently. Information works in a similar way - it needs to be prepared properly in order to fuel our businesses. So, what if we thought of information as food? In a 2012 TED talk, Technologist and Deutsche Bank’s Chief Data Officer JP Rangaswami1 posited just that.

Topics: Library Current awareness Event

Deep Web, Deep Insights - Why You Need a Librarian

Last week I attended a fascinating webinar from the team at LibSource, exploring the theme of the deep web and its importance to Librarians (you can view the full recording here1). It struck me throughout how key a Librarian is in order to reap the full potential of the deep web for your organisation, and so it seemed only natural to recap the session on the Vable blog.

Topics: Event Library Current awareness

Investment in Knowledge - The History of Knowledge Management

Whereas the world historically used to depend on visible capital in the form of land and labour, as economies have developed we see ourselves moving over to a knowledge economy (1). We are less concerned with what we have and instead think more about how we use it.

Topics: KM Library Current awareness