Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

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 Competitive intelligence

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

The biggest challenge facing libraries and information services today

Communications and promotion are the biggest challenges that information professionals face today. This is why centralised automated current awareness is a vital service. We conducted a short survey exploring how library job titles had changed over time, as well as what goes on behind that title in the Librarian’s role itself. Although the sample size was relatively small, the results speak a lot to what we are seeing across the information industry at the moment.

Topics: Technology Change management Business skills Team Vable Communications

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 Team Vable Communications

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

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: Technology Event Content management

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 Artificial intelligence Big Data

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 Information security

Ten top blogs for Info Pros

Information Professionals and Librarians are tasked with finding and curating information to support the development of knowledge within and for their organisations. This means that a considerable amount of time is spent feeding others information in order to further their professional advancement. As such, it can be all too easy for Info Pros to neglect their own career development.

Topics: Technology Training

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: Technology Current awareness Business strategy Training Networking