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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

“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.

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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.

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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 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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How to Develop a Budget That You & Your Organisation Can Live With

Putting together your library budget can be a daunting task to say the least. With few Librarians coming from a business background, it’s all too easy to feel out of your depth. Yet, a strong budget is an integral part of running a successful and productive library service. Organisations today need a highly detailed and accurate budget from all of their departments. Our Head of Marketing, Nico Watson, went along to a fantastic session from Marcia Burris, Senior Consultant at HBR Consulting, and Carissa J. Vogel, Associate Dean for Library Services at Yeshiva University, last week at #AALL2017 “How to Develop a Budget That You and Your Organisation Can Live with - and Still Achieve Your Strategic Goals”. This is what he learnt.

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The Sessions, Speakers and More: Your #AALL2017 Guide

Now you know where to go in Austin, what will you do at #AALL2017 itself? From library marketing to the very latest in artificial intelligence, there’s something for everyone in Austin. But with so many sessions on the agenda, and world-class speakers flying in from across the States and abroad, it can be tricky deciding how to plan your time at conference. So, we’ve trawled the schedule to give you our highlights - from the must-see sessions to the debates that simply can’t be missed, read on for your #AALL2017 guide.

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Austin: Your #AALL2017 Guide

The fastest growing city in the United States is playing host to #AALL2017. With a population growth rate of 3.15% in 2015, the Texas capital is under pressure to deliver plenty of entertainment for its growing number of residents and visitors. And deliver it sure does! 

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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?

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