Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

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: Technology Current awareness 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

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: Current awareness Library

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: Event Current awareness Library

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.

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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 Current awareness Library

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Information Service

New Year, new you new library. What if you made 2017 the year that you transformed your information service?  

Topics: Change Management Current awareness

Get Ahead of the Game: The Info Pro’s 2017 Conference Calendar

As the holiday festivities draw to a close and the new year celebrations fade away, we find ourselves facing 365 (or rather, 360 now) days of clean blank pages ready to plan. How do you know what conference to attend? Will you get the budget? Should you just go to the tried and tested, or is it time to experiment with something new? It’s no surprise that it can be hard to know where begin.

Topics: Event Current awareness Library

Behind the Scenes at PinHawk

Late October saw Vable head to Washington DC, as part of our USA Roadshow, for a very special collaboration with the Law Librarians Society of DC. Jeff Brandt, CIO at Jackson Kelly and editor of the renowned PinHawk Law Technology Daily Digest, and Jean O’Grady Senior Director of Information Research and Knowledge at DLA Piper and founder of popular blog “Dewey B Strategic”, joined us for an educational Lunch & Learn to explore how to balance content curation and automation.

Topics: Current awareness Automation Library

How to effectively communicate to Millennials and Baby Boomers simultaneously

In a recent Librarian interview project conducted by Vable, 75% of respondents listed effective communication skills as an essential requirement to do their job. Breaking ‘the books stereotype’, verbal and written communication is a key ingredient to successfully delivering training, answering reference questions, managing current awareness, and many more of the diverse roles a Librarian’s job entails.  

Topics: Work smarter Current awareness Library