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Library Planet: Sharing the Library Love

Libraries and information centres are rarely featured in traditional travel guides unless they are flagship or historical showpieces, like national libraries or famous university libraries. And yet, they are stunningly beautiful and inspiring places!

Topics: Guest Post Library spaces

Techniques for competitive intelligence in the library and information environment

As information professionals we play important roles in their organizations’ competitive intelligence program, but often neglect applying that same rigor to our own information environments. Just like others in our organizations, librarians must understand precisely who their competition is, the library “owned” products and services provided to a client base, the words and mechanisms employed to persuade prospective clients, the degree of product/service satisfaction, and most importantly, the value your clients place on each.

Topics: Guest Post Competitive intelligence Organisational learning Business skills Business strategy

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

The one thing that surprised me about being a librarian…

The one thing that surprised me about being a Librarian is that while we serve many knowledgeable people, our value still resides in our ability to mediate between the collection and the people we serve. As Librarians, we can be confident that we remain experts in knowing where the right information can be found, to the point where we can legitimately train our clients in research skills.

Topics: Guest Post Business skills Research Communications Business strategy Training

“What do you actually do?” 3 Analogies to illustrate the Information Professional’s work

Most people can picture what “a Librarian” is, remembering them as the guardians of books at school or university. And yet, there are some Librarians who do something more specific; they occupy such a narrow niche that they rarely enter the public consciousness. So as a Law Librarian or Information Professional, how do you explain your job to people outside your field?

Topics: Guest Post Business skills Communications

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

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 Social media Networking

Smart collaboration – The winningest strategy of all

When I was asked to write this guest blog about the relationship between marketing and the library in law firms, I admit I was exhausted by the idea. Haven't we done this enough?  Don't we already know that marketing and the library should be working together to uncover intelligence, develop client insights and keep the lawyers in our respective firms market aware? But then, late last month (February 2017) LMA hosted a well-attended webinar entitled 'Library and Marketing: Why Can’t We be Friends?' so, maybe it is not yet a concept I should take for granted. Clearly I am an early adopter of this concept, one I have been practicing for at least a dozen years. And so, I write this blog – highlighting why we should not only be friends, but also strategic allies jointly aimed at increasing profitability for our firms and job satisfaction for ourselves.

Topics: Technology Event Guest Post Collaboration Competitive intelligence LMA Business development Communications

Knowledge Management: One path to a thriving law library

For lawyers as for everyone, information is more readily available than ever before. But it has also never been more difficult to locate that one vital piece of information that will transform a lawyer’s interaction with their client.

Topics: Guest Post Knowledge management

A message from Janders Dean 2013 – Change is upon us

Alice Anderson, Librarian at Lander & Rogers, has written for us before about her conference experience. (and, more specifically. a presentation she gave on Linex). In September of this year she attended the Janders Dean Knowledge and Innovation Conference, and shares the highlights of her experience here.

Topics: Event Guest Post Knowledge management