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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?

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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 Library SaaS

What If We Thought Of Information As Food?

To succeed in life, in fact to simply live, we need food to fuel our bodies. This food must be of sufficient quality and contain the right nutrients to nourish us appropriately and efficiently. Information works in a similar way - it needs to be prepared properly in order to fuel our businesses. So, what if we thought of information as food? In a 2012 TED talk, Technologist and Deutsche Bank’s Chief Data Officer JP Rangaswami1 posited just that.

Topics: Event Current awareness Library

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