Peer Mentoring is a Great Professional Development Option for Solo Librarians

Posted by Lucidea on 1/10/2017

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, Solo Librarianship, Professional Development, Small Library Management

Is Virtual Networking the Best Option for Solo Librarians?

Posted by Lucidea on 12/14/2016

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, Integrated Library Systems

Artificial Intelligence and Your Career—A Lighthearted Look

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 12/7/2016

Could you lose your job to a robot? In an earlier post, I wrote about 10 Ways to Foil a Robot, which I hope was inspiring and optimistic. In reality, artificial intelligence is yet another tool for knowledge professionals—an arrow in the quiver.

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Integrated Library Systems, AI in Libraries

Going it Alone? Professional Development Options for Solo Librarians

Posted by Lucidea on 11/22/2016

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 development “support system.”

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Professional Development

Using Metrics and Stories: What is a Story’s Purpose?

Posted by Lucidea on 10/14/2016

Earlier this year, we presented a second “KM Conversation” with experienced library and information industry leader Stephen Abram, titled “Using Metrics and Stories: What Does Success Really Look Like?” During the session Stephen shared the real purpose of storytelling in a professional context.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Solo Librarianship

Using Metrics and Stories: What do we use Measurements for?

Posted by Lucidea on 10/12/2016

Earlier this year, we presented a second "KM Conversation" with experienced library and information industry leader Stephen Abram, titled "Using Metrics and Stories: What Does Success Really Look Like?" During the session Stephen and Phil Green, Lucidea’s COO, shared their thoughts on the most powerful presentation of measurements.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Solo Librarianship

Using Metrics and Stories: What is Measurement?

Posted by Lucidea on 10/6/2016

Earlier this year, we presented a second “KM Conversation” with experienced library and information industry leader Stephen Abram. “Using Metrics and Stories: What Does Success Really Look Like?” was a lively discussion between Mr. Abram and Phil Green, Lucidea’s COO, focused on best practices in collecting and using metrics to build stories that demonstrate what success looks like for your special library or information center.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Solo Librarianship

From the Director’s Chair: Business as a Second, Third and Fourth Language

Posted by Sarah Nichols on 9/30/2016

This is the third post in a series in which I share experiences from decades as an Information Services Director, including my best tips, my worst mistakes, and lessons learned. Please read on for some thoughts about the importance of speaking the language of your senior management and of your organization as a whole.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Solo Librarianship

From the Director’s Chair: Follow the Leader

Posted by Sarah Nichols on 9/21/2016

This is the second post in a series in which I’ll share experiences from my decades as an Information Services Director. Many special librarians, researchers or knowledge managers get promoted through the ranks into senior management roles without the benefit of formal training in administrative and operational areas. That was the case with me, and in this series I’ll share my best tips, my worst mistakes, and lessons learned. Please read on for some thoughts about developing your most productive departmental strategy.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Solo Librarianship

SLA 2016 Hot Topic Session: Doing More with More – Whitepaper Available Now!

Posted by Lucidea on 9/16/2016

Special librarians achieve sustainability by understanding that evolving end user requirements demand new services, innovative solutions, information discovery on-the-go and the most effective channels for knowledge exchange—even (perhaps especially) in these days of diminishing resources.

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, SLA 2016

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