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

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 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

Client Engagement in Special Libraries—What is it?

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 12/18/2018

This blog post on client engagement in special libraries is inspired by a reader comment. Thanks!

“I appreciate Stephen Abram's tips. Could you talk more of 'engagement'? How can special librarians 'engage' employees? THANK YOU!”

This reader comment has inspired me to think more deeply about how special librarians and information professionals need to behave differently on the customer engagement front. Yes, special librarians are different!

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Topics: Special Libraries, Customer Engagement, Professional Development

Expanding Digital Preservation Collaboration

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Posted by Margot Note on 12/17/2018

While digital preservation efforts are being led by members of the cultural heritage community working at institutions traditionally responsible for saving materials, the challenges of digital preservation require the involvement of new participants.

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Topics: Digital Archives, Strategy, Professional Development

Identifying Museum Funding Roadblocks

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 12/5/2018

If your museum isn’t applying for grants or hasn’t been successful with previous applications, you need to understand why in order to circumnavigate the roadblock. This is a necessary first step before any grant work can begin. Self-reflection, outside assessment, and solicited expertise are employed whenever a personal or professional roadblock comes up—and the same applies here. It’s time to unblock your writer’s block and get back (or jump in) to grant writing.

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Topics: Museums, Funding, Strategy, Professional Development

2019 Master Plan for Museum Professionals

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 11/28/2018

Winter is my favorite time to prepare for the year ahead. Regardless of when the fiscal year ends, the end of the calendar year is a natural point in time for us to take stock of the year that’s passed and prepare for the next twelve months. This is an opportune time to review goals for the year ahead and what it will take to get there.

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Topics: Museums, Professional Development, Project Management

Don’t Just Be Integrated: Be Integral – Download SLA 2018 Hot Topics Whitepaper

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Posted by Lucidea on 11/27/2018

During this year’s Hot Topics Panel discussion, “Don’t Just Be Integrated: Be Integral”, moderator Stephen Abram and our panelists focused on how special librarians can go beyond integration with organizational imperatives—and become integral to organizational success.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Marketing

How to Increase Museum Conference ROI

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 11/14/2018

Tight operation budgets mean limited conference funds and staff have to think hard about which conferences they’re going to attend that year. While there are some ways to alleviate conference attendance cost (as discussed in a previous post How to Conference on a Museum Budget) it’s still going to be a chunk of change.

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Topics: Museums, Professional Development

How to Conference on a Museum Budget

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 11/7/2018

Attending museum conferences is an important facet of healthy museum operations. Museum professionals need to attend conferences in order to stay abreast of current and forecasted museum issues, learn and gather fresh ideas to bring back to the museum, and network with colleagues to build critical inter-museum partnerships.

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Topics: Museums, Professional Development, Strategy

Learning Something Every Day – Librarians and Technology

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 11/6/2018

Technology is all around us. We are challenged to learn new software and hardware, new programs and apps, and to embrace the ideal of knowing ‘a little bit about everything.’ Learning something new every day will keep you excited and engaged with your job, your profession, and everyday life.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Professional Development

Skills Building for Digital Preservation

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Posted by Margot Note on 11/5/2018

The archival field lacks people with the expertise needed to extend the digital preservation agenda. Formal training opportunities for digital preservation are still rare, so much is learned on the job. New archivists may be uncertain as to where to acquire specific skills, and seasoned archivists need to broaden their knowledge or expand their roles professionally.

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Topics: Digital Archives, Professional Development

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