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“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: Technology Library Legaltech

How Current is Your Library? 5 of the Latest Tech Trends

In a world where girl scouts are able to earn badges in robotics and cyber security1, it pays to keep up with technology. Particularly when it comes to your library. Work practices are evolving at rapid rates, and failure to grow your skillset with them could well be detrimental. When was the last time you posed the question, how current is your library? We’ve compiled a roundup of the latest tech trends to guide you through the confusing maze.

Topics: Technology Library Legaltech

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

Human or machine – why not human AND machine?

Continuing the theme of recapping #BIALL2017 we’re back this week to relive another fantastic session, this time from Nick West, Chief Strategy Officer and all round tech genius at Mishcon de Reya. This year’s BIALL conference focussed on the theme of “together or apart” which flowed quite neatly into Nick’s talk exploring the narrative of human vs. machine or human and machine.

Topics: Technology Event BIALL

How to Get the Most Out of Your Vendors

With the ever-growing supply of information one must wade through to procure the most relevant data, information professionals are faced with an ever-expanding choice of technology designed to meet these demands.

Topics: Technology Library SaaS

Natural Language Processing for your Library

There is much hype and discussion in the professions at the moment surrounding the topics of artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP). Clearly these are themes that Librarians and Information Professionals should all be aware of but what do we really mean when we talk about AI and NLP? And how do they fit within your library and information service?

Topics: Technology Automation Library

Cyber-Security - What Your Library Needs to Know

Earlier this year, 17 US public libraries were hit by a ransomware attack. It took several days for the St Louis libraries to regain control of their computer systems, though it could have been significantly longer if it hadn't been for the fact that they had a good back up of their systems1. Attacks like these are, sadly, not unusual. Just a few weeks before the library attack, a charity worker lost £67,000 due to, what he reports to be, a security breach at his solicitors causing him to fall the trap of hackers2. Such instances are not only incredibly expensive to all involved (we’re seeing average losses of £65,000 to £1.15m3), they can also cause serious privacy breaches as well as damaging the reputations of affected organisations.

Topics: Technology Work smarter Library

Are Librarians becoming Data Analysts?

We all know that to succeed at work one must be constantly innovating - keeping up with the latest technologies, aware of the freshest trends, and looking forward to what might be coming in the future. If we are not innovating we are stagnating.

Topics: Technology Bigdata Library

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: Technology Event Current awareness AALL Library

The Evolution of Content Curation: A Librarian’s Guide

Every minute, Google receives over 4,000,000 search queries, and email users send 204,000,000 messages. To say that we are living in an age of information overload where we are bombarded by white noise is, quite frankly, an understatement - but I’m sure you’ve heard all that before. What we’re more concerned about here is the evolution of content curation to enable Librarians to rise above this sea of information.

Topics: Technology Content Management Library