Artificial Intelligence (AI) – An Important Tool for Special Librarians

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 11/13/2018

It used to be that everything a special library’s clients needed to know was available ‘in the stacks’—and it was therefore a reasonable assumption that if it was shelved, it should be easily retrievable. Today’s flood of digital content makes it difficult for many libraries to meet the ‘all access’ expectation.

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Topics: Special Librarianship, Technology, Artificial Intelligence

Tech Trends: Moving Beyond Transactions to Interpreting Behaviours

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 10/23/2018

We scan the horizon—not just for survival—but for fun and professional development. We have entered a period where massive convergence is stepping up its game. We are no longer just dealing with the convergence of physical technologies into a standard device, as in the past decade where we saw phones, cameras, wallets and payments, loyalty cards, music players, video players, and gaming devices appear along with so much more on our ‘smart’ phones.

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Topics: Special Librarianship, Technology, Professional Development

Knowledge Ecosystems and the Pivotal Role of the Special Librarian

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 9/25/2018

Nancy Dixon has written a great post about what special librarians can do in strategic support of their users, titled Three Eras of Knowledge Management. It fits nicely with my own position that it’s not possible to actually manage knowledge. I may be being a bit heretical here—but I believe we need to understand this deeply to know the difference between data professionals, information professionals, and knowledge workers.

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Topics: KM, Knowledge Management, Special Librarianship

On-Site or Off-Site Storage – Part 3: Preservation and Access

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 9/18/2018

Off-site and remote storage facilities can serve as havens for items that have long-term preservation needs. One of the triggers for moving materials to off-site and remote storage facilities is an increased need for preservation. Items that are fragile, damaged, or need long-term storage in a stable environment may be candidates for transfer to off-site storage facilities.

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Topics: Strategy, Collections Management, Special Librarianship

On-site or Off-site Storage – Part 2: Making Decisions

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 9/11/2018

Storing records, collections, and objects in off-site and remote storage facilities limits access to original materials. Decisions about storage affect how your staff and clientele work and their ability to access information in a timely manner. The best storage solutions minimize disruption of service and frustration.

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Topics: Strategy, Collections Management, Special Librarianship

On-site or Off-site Storage – Part 1: Implications of Storing Materials Off-site

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 8/28/2018

Our esteemed guest blogger, Miriam Kahn, has used municipal and county courthouses and record centers to compile legal, real estate and genealogical information for 20 years. She experienced the shift from print to digital, from photocopies to microfilm to digital, and from paper deliverables to digital delivery—and is very familiar with issues surrounding long-term storage of paper, audiovisual, and digital materials. We asked Miriam to bring her years of insight as an information professional and free-lance researcher to a blog series on the merits and challenges of off-site and remote storage.

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Topics: Strategy, Collections Management, Special Librarianship

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: Special Librarianship, Professional Development, Strategy

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