The True Cost of Open Source—There is Nothing Cheap about Free

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/1/2017

Open source software (OSS) is the technology world’s response to consumers who are price sensitive, but as with many things, it’s important to do your homework before making a commitment. Read on for some thought provoking suggestions on how to evaluate the best ILS or KM software for your organization. Maybe it’s open source, maybe it isn’t.

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Collection Management Software, Knowledge Management Systems, Collections Management Software, Integrated Library Systems

Part One: Working Across the Generations—Getting Over the Hump

Posted by Stephen Abram on 7/27/2017

I’ve spent a lot of time with new graduates in our profession—those who have started on the path to great librarianship but struggle with finding their footing in the world of library teams—and I’ve noticed some themes. Please read on to find out what librarians have in common with camels.

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Integrated Library Systems, Stephen Abram, Working Across Generations

SharePoint, SQL and Online Dating

Posted by Phil Green on 7/25/2017

I am often asked “What do I tell IT when they want to replace an existing Lucidea solution with one they promise to build in SharePoint?” Well, there are many advantages with our Lucidea solutions, but here I’d like to share one simple but very powerful differentiator: date handling and date searching. Once you’ve read this, you’ll have a thought-provoking response for IT!

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Information Management, SydneyEnterprise, Inmagic Presto, Small Library Management, Knowledge Management Systems, Integrated Library Systems, Argus Museum Collections Management System, Presto, GeniePlus

SydneyEnterprise and the Masonic Library: Good, Better, Best

Posted by Lucidea on 7/20/2017

The Masonic Temple in Philadelphia has been called one of the great wonders of the Masonic world. Located within The Temple is the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania, which houses thousands of texts and artifacts relating to the history of the Fraternity in the Commonwealth and the founding of the United States of America. The Library staff leverage SydneyEnterprise to help them advance knowledge and understanding of Freemasonry and its place in history.

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Topics: Library Management, SydneyEnterprise, Integrated Library Systems

Is Virtual Networking the Best Option for Solo Librarians?

Posted by Larry Cooperman on 7/13/2017

Most librarians (and indeed, most professionals) think of networking as a personal, face-to-face activity. Most also look forward to meeting their fellow librarians and to making new friends, all while learning together about new ideas and trends in the library field. The challenge for solo librarians is that they often cannot leave their libraries to attend live conferences and meetings.

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Small Library Management, Integrated Library Systems

Going it Alone? The Professional Development Secrets of Solo Librarians

Posted by Larry Cooperman on 7/6/2017

Many librarians choose to work on their own, inside many different types of organizations. All library skills—whether reference, cataloging, or collection development—are useful and valuable to both solo librarians and their users. However, there are challenges (both budgetary and organizational) to going it alone which require one-person library managers to seek out both a network and a professional “support system.”

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Topics: Library Management, Small Library Management, Integrated Library Systems

Solo Librarians, Diversity, and Peer Mentoring

Posted by Larry Cooperman on 6/15/2017

One of the many positive aspects of solo librarianship is the diversity of the practitioners. Among them are law librarians, medical librarians, corporate/special librarians and archivists, to name just a few. This diversity helps solo librarians to better help one another, solving common problems and sharing/implementing best practices.

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Topics: Library Management, Small Library Management, Integrated Library Systems

Elevator Speeches: No Magic Beans

Posted by Stephen Abram on 6/13/2017

Over the past few years we have heard a lot about the special role of elevator speeches—those sound bites you practice in case you have the ear of a key decision maker or influencer in your organization for a few floors. I love this tactic, but let’s remember that it’s just a micro-skill and we can’t leave our communication strategies up to chance encounters.

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Topics: Library Management, Small Library Management, Integrated Library Systems

End User Tracking—Turn Insights into Action

Posted by Lucidea on 6/1/2017

It used to be considered inappropriate for library staff to monitor the usage patterns of their end users, but for today’s special libraries, tracking and acting upon the insights gained is essential for delivering the best in content, tools and services. Learn how to make a successful case for end user tracking.

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, SydneyEnterprise, Small Library Management, Integrated Library Systems, GeniePlus

Effective Knowledge Managers—Do You Recognize These Traits?

Posted by Stan Garfield on 5/30/2017

During my career as a KM practitioner, I developed a profile of the most effective knowledge managers. It’s included in my upcoming book on promoting knowledge management initiatives within the corporate world.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Information Management, Inmagic Presto, Small Library Management, Knowledge Management Systems, Integrated Library Systems

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