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Libraries at work: meeting, sharing, learning

This is the second in a series of blog posts which will come out of the recent BIALL conference in Birmingham. There were a couple of sessions which demonstrated that law firms and libraries are on the same page when it comes to working agile. But with a twist...

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Techniques for Competitive Intelligence in the Library & 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 Library Competitive Intelligence Organisational Learning Business Skills

Why GDPR is an opportunity for library & information professionals

One commentator recently noted that the fastest growing market at the moment is for personal information.1 Everybody wants to know everything and our reliance on being technologically connected means we are increasingly comfortable with making our private lives visible. And until now, the regulatory framework has struggled to protect the individual against a wholesale requirement of providing a discoverable trail of personal data.

Topics: Library Data Business Skills Data Protection GDPR Ethics

Budget Planning: It's Not Just About Figures

March 31st is upon us, and this has prompted us to think about budgets. Even if your annual library budget for next year is already written in stone, it’s worth reflecting on your budget - and the process you use to plan your budget - now, while the experience is fresh.

Topics: Library Budget Business Skills

Introducing Clare Brown, a Law Librarian and Vable’s New Topic Specialist

Despite premature reports of the death of librarianship, law librarians continue to be in high demand - sometimes in new and different roles. We at Vable are excited to be part of the vanguard of technology and other companies that are recognising the value of information professionals and finding new ways to utilise the unique skill set they embody.

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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?

Topics: Productivity Work smarter Collaboration Library Marketing Outreach

15 Stories That Foster a Lifelong Love of Libraries

Your kids, your peers, and even your bosses might not understand what you do as a librarian. However you know that your role is absolutely essential, no matter what kind of library you work in. The good news is that you don’t have to lecture them to get them to understand. Every librarian knows that books make the best teachers1, so here’s a list of 15 stories that can teach kids and adults to love libraries.

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