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How Have Library Job Titles Evolved? Reflections on Recent Years

A quick LinkedIn search reveals that there are 158,455 Librarians, 71,224 Information Officers and 10,479 Knowledge Managers on the professional networking site. Whilst industries such as legal and academic tend to have more Librarians, and accounting and banking more Information Professionals, we are seeing a growing trend of library job titles shifting away from the traditional Librarian, towards a broader information role.

Topics: KM 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

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: Event Current awareness Library

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

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: Productivity Work smarter Library

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.

Topics: Work smarter Library

Investment in Knowledge - The History of Knowledge Management

Whereas the world historically used to depend on visible capital in the form of land and labour, as economies have developed we see ourselves moving over to a knowledge economy (1). We are less concerned with what we have and instead think more about how we use it.

Topics: KM Current awareness Library

How to Winterproof your Library

The last few weeks have seen a wave of inclement weather across the US and UK with many offices being forced to close. This brings about the question - what is your plan for winter-proofing your library?

Topics: Work smarter Library

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: Change Management Current awareness