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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

Librarians: Embrace the career revolution!

This is the first in a series of blog posts which will come out of the recent BIALL conference in Birmingham. The theme of ‘Designing our Future’ has never felt so full of possibility and excitement as we head into the third decade of this century. The session on ‘the career revolution’ spoke to us all in a particular way; a show of hands demonstrated that none of us had been unaffected by changes in the sector. No more is there such a thing as a job for life.

Topics: BIALL Event Change management Training

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: Business development Collaboration Communications Training

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

Summer Conference recap: Fresh library inspiration for the New Season

It’s that time of year again. The stores are filled with tempting stationery supplies, the weather is turning a little cooler, the kids are heading back to school with shiny new backpacks and we’re reflecting on what a wonderful summer it’s been. Summer 2017 saw a whole host of intriguing and innovative conferences, ready to fill you with plenty of fresh inspiration for the new season.

Topics: Event Training Networking Business skills BIALL AALL ILTA

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: Current awareness Business strategy Training Technology Networking

5 fresh ideas for Information Professionals to continue with professional development

In an environment so fast-paced as the information sector it’s all too easy to get caught up in your day-to-day, leaving little time to focus on your own professional development. For Information Professionals, the value and importance of information sharing is clear - so be sure to do it for yourself too!

Topics: Training Business skills ILTA Social media

How to get your lawyers to admit that they don’t always know

None of us like to admit that we don’t know the answer to something. Yet, it can be incredibly frustrating (and, at times, a great hindrance) when others also fail to do so. In the professions, where the entire sector has been built upon the concept of knowing what your clients do not, the propensity to not admit your lack of knowledge is even higher. (1)

Topics: Training Communications Technology

The limitations of job titles

"Librarian": a job title that seems to need further explaining to anybody who does not have it. It is a subject we have mentioned before on this blog - see below for several examples - and now Claire Sewell, blogging at Librarian in Training, points out how the same is true for associated job titles.

Topics: Business skills Training