Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

Transparency and respect: Data protection and research

Carrying out research is something we are all familiar with, but we might not necessarily be up to date on the laws which are associated with it. Everyone has heard of GDPR - but practically speaking, how has it impacted on how you should approach research? A seminar held by the University of London outlined the main concerns; although it was aimed at academics, it was useful for information professionals. We must be aware of the rules regarding the gathering, storing, re-use, and disposal of research data.

Topics: Research GDPR Data protection Event Ethics Privacy

Ways you can improve your library induction training

August doesn’t mean holidays for many library and information services. All professional service providers - banks, accountancy, consultancy, and law firms - as well as educational establishments will be preparing inductions and training for September’s new starters. So how can we ensure that end-users are equipped with the right research skills to carry out their work?

Topics: Business skills Training Research

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 Research Business strategy Communications Training Business skills

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 Library spaces Collaboration Business skills Research

Library and marketing: On friendship and competition

We’re seeing a growing trend towards a closer alignment between the marketing department and library teams as the two functions come to work together. Admittedly, this isn’t a particularly new trend but it is certainly one that is here to stay. Yet, even after years of discussing the benefits of collaboration, we are still learning how to make our businesses more competitive.

Topics: Business development Communications Collaboration Research Competitive intelligence

AALL 2016 - “Disruptunity”: The legal research revolution is now!

For us, AALL drew to a close with a discussion between two prominent leaders in the Law Librarian community - Jean O’Grady, Senior Director of Research & Knowledge Services at DLA Piper LLP and founder of Dewey B Strategic, and John DiGilio, Senior Director of Research & Intelligence at LibSource and founder of On Firmer Ground. Up for discussion was the subject of “disruptunity” and the legal research revolution - a more topical theme there cannot be.

Topics: AALL Event Technology Current awareness Research

Big Data and the library

As per Monday's post, this was the title of a SEALL session presented by Thomas Sneed and Christina Glon. I got the condensed version given by Thomas at the ALLA luncheon, but I recommend you see Christina's report on this experience in the AALL Spectrum: Faculty Scholarship Support. There is quite a bit going on in this story: big data research and management, but also communications, project management, internal education and more.

Topics: Event Collaboration AALL Communications Data Research

Twitter: Information Network

This is how Ev Williams, one of its founders, describes Twitter, taking its impact slightly beyond “social media” or “microblog”. Bearing in mind this definition: what do we make of Twitter as a research tool?

Topics: Social media Technology Research

Truly spectacular internet searching

That is the title of a great slideshare presentation by Dechert Library Research Manager, Nathan Rosen.

Topics: Research Training

The Magical Law Library Staff

Guest post - by a UK Law Firm Librarian

Topics: Guest Post Business skills Research Training Communications Content management