The Right Archiving Software Addresses 10 Top Challenges for the Archival Profession [Part 2 of 2]

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/25/2016
This is the second of a two-part blog post describing how the right archiving software can address H. Thomas Hickerson’s Ten Challenges for the Archival Profession. In Part 1, we covered the first five challenges, on topics such as accommodating documents generated in electronic form, supporting global access, and making holdings more accessible while expanding the audience. Read on for more archiving challenges and technological solutions.
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Topics: Archives Management

The Right Archiving Software Addresses 10 Top Challenges for the Archival Profession [Part 1 of 2]

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/23/2016

H. Thomas Hickerson, in his turn of the 21st century address to the Society of American Archivists, described “Ten Challenges for the Archival Profession”. Since his presentation, information technology has achieved significant advancements that empower archivists seeking to address these goals.

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Topics: Archives Management

Open Source—Pretty Simple or Simply Pretty?

Posted by Phil Green on 8/19/2016

This is the third in a series of posts on IT and the information Professional. When I chat with information professionals and IT managers about open source software, they often talk about two key concepts:

  • It’s free
  • Bug fixes and enhancements come from the community

While both of these statements are true, they fail to paint the whole picture and hide some pretty ugly truths.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Content Management, Archives Management, IT partnership

IT Jujutsu and the Information Professional

Posted by Phil Green on 8/16/2016

In my last post, I discussed the unfortunate fact that many information professionals find themselves at the bottom of the IT totem pole, and thus they receive underwhelming IT support as they attempt to build and manage world class knowledge/library systems, or special collections.

So what’s an information professional to do? Knowledge and library systems are complex pieces of technology that require IT involvement at some level. Over my career, I have observed that in departments having the best relationship with IT, the information professionals practice what I call "IT Jujutsu."
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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Content Management, Archives Management, IT partnership

Seeing the Wood for the Trees—A Conversation with Euan Semple

Posted by Phil Green on 8/11/2016

Earlier this year, we presented a “KM Conversation” with well-known enterprise social network expert, author and consultant Euan Semple. During our session “The New Knowledge Ecosystem: Content and Connection,” Euan shared valuable insights on how information experts play a social media curator role that helps us “see the wood for the trees.”

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Topics: Knowledge Management

The IT Totem Pole and the Information Professional

Posted by Phil Green on 8/9/2016

I talk to lots of information professionals about IT. Some have great relationships with IT, others not so great. But if you’re leveraging technology to build and maintain your collection and information/knowledge systems—and who isn’t?—then just like death and taxes, it’s inevitable that you’ll be working with IT.

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, IT partnership

Secrets to Designing an Amazing User Experience (UX)

Posted by Clayton Savage on 8/5/2016

The art and science of UX, or user experience, is becoming a topic that lots of people are talking about—but most of us don’t know the details, how UX can help, where to use it, and what it really is, specifically when we talk about using it to design the library or knowledge portal for an information intensive organization.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Solo Librarianship

10 Ways to Ensure a Robot Doesn’t Steal Your Job

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/3/2016

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) a threat to your career? Yes. But read on.

AI is likely to have an increasingly significant impact on the knowledge management profession over time. But with the right strategy, you can be assured of remaining employed in your chosen field.

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Library Management, Knowledge Management, Solo Librarianship, Content Management, KM Careers

KM Gamification—Holy Grail or Child's Play?

Posted by Phil Green on 7/29/2016

This month I co-hosted a webinar on gamification with KM expert Stan Garfield. In this post I’ll share a few key takeaways that jumped out at me during the session.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Gamification, KM Participation

5 Ways to Increase Museum Visitor Engagement (and Visits!) Via Your Collections Management System

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 7/26/2016

The great thing about using your Collections Management System (CMS) to increase audience awareness and drive museum traffic is that it’s easy to do and you don’t have to buy anything. What could be better than that?

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Topics: Museums, Social Media

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