4 Ways Special Librarians Can Demonstrate Value and Impact

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 1/15/2019

Special librarians too often hide much of the true professional added value of their work. To mitigate that, I think the following activities should be added to communication with end users—either collectively or individually—so librarians can demonstrate value and impact.

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Topics: Special Librarianship, Professional Development, Strategy

Preserving Digital Archives: Choosing Which Digital Archives to Preserve

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Posted by Margot Note on 1/14/2019

Appraisal and selection for digital artifacts are similar in the broadest sense to the appraisal and selection of physical archival collections. The framework that each institution uses to guide its selection process is influenced by the scope and subjects of the collecting agencies.

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Topics: Digital Archives, Archives, Technology

10 Guidelines for Leveraging Push Communication to Promote KM Initiatives

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 1/10/2019

Timely communication is critical to successfully introduce and promote KM initiatives and keep the organization informed of progress. Develop a plan for the communications vehicles you will use and be sure to include “push” channels.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, KM, Strategy

Reimagining Museum Engagement for Younger Generations

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 1/9/2019

Over the course of the next seven years the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) will embark on a renovation of its original museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to the tune of $1 billion dollars. NASM is reported to be the most visited museum in the United States and the 3rd most visited in the world, with 8.6 million visitors through their doors in 2017 and hundreds of thousands of digital visitors who frequent NASM’s website and collection search center.

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Topics: Museums, Visitor Engagement, Strategy

Librarians and Technology #3: How to Write Software Reviews (Databases, Services Too)

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 1/8/2019

Reviewing and recommending technology, software, products, and services is integral to the evaluation process. As you evaluate new and old technology, recurring costs, and services, it’s important to consider how they fit within your mission and serve your staff and researchers.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Technology, Strategy

Digital Archives: Choosing Sustainable File Formats

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Posted by Margot Note on 1/7/2019

The sustainability of digital materials depends on standard file formats that will last for the long term. As technology changes rapidly, archivists and other information professionals need to use a narrow set of sustainable file formats to retain information between systems and programs. As new formats develop, sustainability must become part of the design process from the beginning to make the efforts of digital preservation successful.

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Topics: Digital Archives, Archives, Technology

Readers’ Choice: Favorite KM Blog Posts of 2018

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Posted by Lucidea on 12/21/2018

The results are in! Guest blogger Stan Garfield’s KM blog posts have strong readership, but we’re no slouches ourselves! We noticed enthusiasm for three in particular (well, OK, 2 of them from Stan), demonstrating readers’ interest in learning about the strategic and tactical basics of knowledge management. They’re worthy of a reprise, and just in case there’s anyone out there who missed them the first time… please read on!

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Topics: Knowledge Management, KM, Professional Development

Readers’ Choice: Favorite Museum Blog Posts of 2018

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Posted by Lucidea on 12/21/2018

The results are in! Guest blogger Rachael Cristine Woody’s museum blog posts are always well received, but we noticed appreciation for three in particular, demonstrating readers’ interest in technology and in collaboration between libraries, archives and museums. They’re worthy of a reprise, and just in case there’s anyone out there who missed them the first time… please read on!

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Readers’ Choice: Favorite Library Blog Posts of 2018

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Posted by Lucidea on 12/21/2018

The results are in! Our library sector blog posts always have strong readership, but we noticed enthusiasm for three library posts in particular, demonstrating readers’ interest in what guest bloggers Miriam Kahn and Stephen Abram have to say about trends and opportunities for special librarians. They’re worthy of a reprise, and just in case there’s anyone out there who missed them the first time… please read on!

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Topics: Special Libraries, Strategy, Professional Development

Readers’ Choice: Favorite Archives Blog Posts of 2018

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Posted by Lucidea on 12/21/2018

The results are in! Guest blogger Margot Note’s archives blog posts have strong readership, but we noticed enthusiasm for three in particular, demonstrating readers’ interest in digital archives, and what digitization means for preservation and description. They’re worthy of a reprise, and just in case there’s anyone out there who missed them the first time… please read on!

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Topics: Archives, Collections Management, Digital Archives

Is SharePoint Really a KM application?

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Posted by Lucidea on 12/20/2018

At Lucidea we work on KM projects with clients around the globe, in almost every industry. One question that we hear again and again is “But isn’t SharePoint a KM application?” We love this question and we hate this question, because the answer is “it depends.”  It depends on what you mean by an application, and what that implies. This post covers some of the challenges of using SharePoint for knowledge management.

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Topics: KM, Knowledge Management Systems, Knowledge Management

How and When a Museum Should Hire a Grant Specialist

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 12/19/2018

Taking grant writing workshops, attending funding agency webinars, and reading grant writing tips can be incredibly helpful, but sometimes you need a little extra help from a grant specialist. A grant specialist is not just a grant writer, they’re an expert in leading a museum though the entire grant acquisition process.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Funding

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