Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

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

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

By Clare Brown and Remy Maisel

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

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: Technology News Current awareness 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: 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.

Topics: Event Current awareness Library

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