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

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

Librarians and Technology #2—Evaluating New Software, Databases or Technology

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 12/4/2018

Evaluating new technology is often a daunting task. Break it down into its component parts to determine if it fulfills your needs. Always keep in mind how the new technology supports your mission, improves the services you provide, and enhances access to your collections and curated information.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Technology, ILS, Integrated Library Systems

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

Why Electronic Resource Management is Important in Special Libraries

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Posted by Lucidea on 11/20/2018

It used to be considered inappropriate for library staff to monitor the usage patterns of their end users, but for today’s special libraries, tracking and acting upon the insights gained is essential for delivering the best in content, tools and services.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Integrated Library Systems, Electronic Resource Management

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

On-Site or Off-Site Storage - Part 5: A History of this Long-term Solution

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 10/30/2018

Off-site and remote storage facilities are not new. They were developed in the 1930s and continue to be important for preservation and long-term retention of materials. They provide a long-term solution for paper and microfilm records, sound and video recordings, and now data.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Archives, Strategy, Digital Archives

On-Site or Off-Site Storage – Part 4: Inclusion in Security and Disaster Prevention and Planning

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 10/9/2018

“Out of Sight” should not mean “Out of Mind.” The worst happens when we least expect it. While it’s great that library items are stored in safe locations, it’s essential that these facilities be included in security, risk management, and disaster response plans.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Strategy, Professional Development

Capstone Post: Part 6—How do We Align Research Results with Decision-Making?

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 10/2/2018

As special librarians, we connect clients to information and data. Our struggle is influencing the overall process of knowledge creation and the best behaviors for successful decision-making.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Professional Development

SydneyEnterprise & The Penang House of Music - Access to Musical Heritage

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Posted by Lucidea on 9/4/2018

The Penang House of Music is a gallery and library dedicated to documenting the diversity of the local community’s cultural and musical traditions, including popular music in Penang. It came into being as part of the Penang Musical Heritage Project (PHMP), with the support of the Penang State Government.

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Topics: SydneyEnterprise, Collections Management, Special Libraries

Cialdini: The Rules of Influence

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 8/21/2018

In Special Library Land we often refer to marketing or advocacy. I do not personally like those words as frames for such activities. I like to call it what it is: INFLUENCE.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Marketing, Professional Development

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