Part Four: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—SWOT and Fish Bones

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 7/17/2018

I’ll bet you’ve done SWOT a lot. It’s a classic technique but one which benefits, I believe, from fish bone force field diagramming. It’s easy to do and, with good facilitation, mines the brains in the room quickly.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

13 KM Insights for Successful Knowledge Managers

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 7/12/2018

In my latest book, Proven Practices for Promoting a Knowledge Management Program, I share a number of keys to success (Chapter 12) for KM practitioners implementing knowledge management initiatives within the corporate world.

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Topics: Professional Development, KM, Knowledge Management Software

Part Three: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—Tools to Inspire Creativity and Encourage Divergent Thinking

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 7/10/2018

In this third post in my series about interesting frameworks and tools for thinking about the value-add we can provide in our product and service design, I’ll outline three tools I use all the time—sometimes alone, and sometimes in collaboration with others.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

Part Two: Knowledge Management Networking Secrets

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 7/5/2018

You don’t have to go it alone to sell KM inside your organization. There are many avenues available that let you take advantage of outside help when you’ve run out of ideas (or steam!) and need to regroup or re-energize. These include joining and participating in KM communities, using industry analyst reports, and interviewing your peers in other organizations.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, KM Software

Part Two: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—Thinking About Thinking (Edward de Bono)

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 7/3/2018

In my previous post, I wrote about how analyzing the ways in which thinking and decision-making happen offers interesting frameworks special librarians can use to strategize about the added value we provide in our product and service design. In this post I outline one of my favourites—Dr. Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

Part One: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—SWOT, 4-Squares, Fish Bones, and More

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 6/26/2018

Sometimes special librarians struggle to define the right level of value-added service to deliver. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and considering what are the most important frameworks and ways to add value.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, User Engagement

Part One: Knowledge Management Networking Secrets

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 6/21/2018

You don’t have to go it alone to sell KM inside your organization. Take advantage of outside help by scheduling visits with others who are doing KM well, joining and participating in KM communities, using industry analyst reports, or retaining an outside consultant.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, KM

Dedicated or part time embedded librarians: What works best for your organization?

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Posted by Miriam Kahn on 6/19/2018

Embedded librarians can be dedicated staff members, or available upon request on an ‘as needed’ basis. Which strategy works best for your organization, project, and budget?

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Librarians

What Does Success Look Like for the Special Library? SLA 2017 Hot Topics Panel (Revisited)

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Posted by Lucidea on 6/5/2018

Special librarians know that to ensure sustainability they must build a strategy, embrace change, and even create it. They know that the path to success includes doing more with the tools they have, and the skills they’ve built. But do special librarians truly recognize success when they achieve it? Equally important, do they focus on communicating the value of their success to leadership and peers?

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Topics: Professional Development, Marketing, Special Librarians

Ready to Read: Succeeding in the World of Special Librarianship

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 5/29/2018

I’m pleased to announce that my new book, Succeeding in the World of Special Librarianship, is now available from Lucidea Press. You may be aware that I am a regular contributor to Lucidea’s “Think Clearly” blog, so when they asked me to write their imprint’s next book, it felt like a great opportunity to share my perspectives in a more expansive form.

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Topics: Professional Development, Strategy, Special Librarianship

Part 2: Benefits and Value of Embedded Special Librarianship

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Posted by Miriam Kahn on 5/25/2018

Embedded information professionals share their expertise across the enterprise—which benefits from increased awareness of internal resources and projects. Embedded special librarians add value by bridging information silos while disseminating information throughout the organization.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Librarians

Part 1: Embedded Librarians and Information Professionals—In the Thick of Things

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Posted by Miriam Kahn on 5/8/2018

Embedded special librarians are contributing members of their departments or groups. They are in the thick of things, participating fully in the development of projects, integration of new services, or dissemination of materials and information throughout the organization and its clientele.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Librarians

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