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Do More With Less - 8 Ways to Have a Productive 2018

Ah, new year. Time for our annual barrage of “new year, new you” adverts and the never ending pressure to create a whole host of new year’s resolutions that, deep down, you know you’ll never keep. It’s no wonder that the January blues hit us so hard. But what if, this year, we tried something different? What if we tried doing less?

Topics: Change Management Productivity Work smarter Attention Management

7 Times the Library Stole the Show in Hollywood

It’s sadly all too rare these days for the library to feel like they’re centre stage. Even in the media, it can often feel like Hollywood films portray the very worst of library stereotypes. Female, a certain age, glasses, that same fashion sense… it’s bound to exacerbate the situation. Thankfully, there are some select movies that break the mould. From helping defeat vampires to wedding venues and Librarian superheroes, there’s something for every movie goer’s taste. Read on for 7 times the library stole the show Hollywood.

Topics: Productivity Work smarter Library

6 Examples of Beautiful (and Smart) Library Design

Library design is a very particular thing. It has to fit with the building in which it is contained, whilst also being adapted to the needs of both its users and those who work there. On top of the practicalities, it helps tremendously if the library is aesthetically appealing, making it more attractive to its potential patrons.

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If Clients Aren’t Asking for It, You’re Not Getting It

If clients aren’t asking for it, you’re not getting it. Or so the saying goes. There is currently much talk in the industry saying that the legal sector has hit a wall when it comes to driving forward change. Law firms are waiting on clients to push them to change, whilst, in contrast, clients seem to be waiting on law firms to be proactive or change in response to market pressure (D. Casey Flaherty, 2016).

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The Biggest Challenge Facing Libraries Today

We recently 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.

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What Does it Take to Build a Successful Library Team?

It’s clear that there is no set path to becoming a Librarian. Many Librarians will have started out with careers in other fields and ‘side stepped’ over into Librarianship. Others will have begun with an internship or as a Library Assistant following their undergraduate degree in order to get their foot in the door. So what does it take to build a successful library team? If the backgrounds of Librarians are so diverse, is there actually a formula for a successful team? Or is it all guess work?

Topics: KM Work smarter Library

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: Work smarter Library Marketing

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

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.

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Fake News - A Golden Opportunity for Your Library

Recent global events have generated an influx of discussions surrounding the issue of fake news and the impact it can have upon those who fall into the trap of treating it as a reliable information source.

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