The Intersection of Libraries, Archives & Museums

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 5/16/2018

There’s no one model for libraries, archives and museums to coexist and interact. Each entity can be a stand-alone repository, a mixture of two entities, or contain all three entities. Library, Archive, and Museum (LAM) professionals are trained in organizing and categorizing items in their respective collections. Since this is their specialty they’ve applied the same principles to classify LAM entities separately, due to the LAM's slightly different functions and collection materials.

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Topics: Museums, Special Libraries, Digital Archives, Archives, Collections Management

Holistic KM

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 5/3/2018

I can’t lose if I begin this post with a quote from Aristotle: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” I actually do think of this when I consider the impact of integration. With regard to knowledge management applications, KM solutions should not dictate the way people work and how they do things, but rather should dock neatly with existing systems and processes in order to optimize organizational knowledge delivery and exchange.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Special Libraries, KM, Strategy

6 Keys to Special Library Sustainability

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Posted by Lucidea on 5/1/2018

The simple truth is, there are serious challenges to the long-term sustainability of special libraries, most of which can be turned into opportunities if you develop a strategy for continuous improvement and are proactive.

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Topics: Management, Special Libraries, Strategy

Why Special Libraries are Important Destinations

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Posted by Lucidea on 4/24/2018

There is a great deal of emphasis on “the virtual library” and the substitution of digital resources for print, but the allure of the library as a destination persists, most especially in the public sector. However, many of the reasons that public libraries attract visitors apply to special libraries as well.

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Topics: Special Libraries, User Engagement, Strategy

SydneyEnterprise is the Law Firm Library Efficiency Engine

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Posted by Lucidea on 4/17/2018

Duane Morris LLP is a Philadelphia-based law firm with more than 800 attorneys in 28 offices, practicing in the U.S., U.K. and Asia. The firm serves a broad array of clients worldwide and provides innovative solutions to legal and business challenges.

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Topics: Integrated Library Systems, Special Libraries, ILS

Special Libraries and Evidence Based Decision Making

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 4/10/2018

Pilots can’t fly unless they have instruments that tell them what the plane is doing at all times, and where it’s heading. Library professionals need instruments too, in order to assess whether the products and services they are providing are valued, and to understand what additional products and services might be needed. Read about 4 tools that will help you maintain your situational awareness.

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Topics: Management, Special Libraries, Strategy

Part Three: Building Your KM Nest – 5 More Strategies for Special Librarians

6 minute read
Posted by Stephen Abram on 3/20/2018

In Part One of this series, we reframed knowledge management strategies in the context of strategies for improving the health of the knowledge ecology. We’re using the metaphor of building a nest (sometimes referred to as an intranet) where our eggs can hatch and ideas grow, and decisions improve in quality. In Part Two we explored five strategies, tactics and frameworks for accomplishing this. Now, in the final post of this three-part series, we offer an additional five strategies.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Innovation, Strategy

Part Two: Building Your KM Nest – 5 of 10 Strategies for Special Librarians

6 minute read
Posted by Stephen Abram on 3/13/2018

In Part One of this series, we reframed knowledge management strategies in the context of strategies for improving the health of the knowledge ecology. We’re using the metaphor of building a nest (sometimes referred to as an intranet) where our eggs can hatch and ideas grow, and decisions improve in quality. Now let’s explore some strategies, tactics and frameworks for accomplishing this.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, KM, Innovation, Strategy

Part One: Building Your KM Nest - What Did Einstein Know about Knowledge Management?

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 3/6/2018

I once watched a robin build her nest from what was available around my yard. Her choices were interesting. She had lots of material to choose from, but kept picking up the shiny, silver tinsel from the discarded skeleton of our Christmas tree. Her nest was beautiful when done. It was also colder, and non-absorbent, and she was never able to successfully get her eggs to hatch. One of the morals of this story: Sometimes that which we find attracts us is not necessarily what’s best for the purpose.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, KM, Innovation

Marketing Your Library: The Benefits For Special Libraries

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Posted by Lucidea on 2/13/2018

Library marketing has become a hot topic, with public libraries working hard to increase footfall and enroll new members. With regard to special libraries, some companies believe that since the library is in place, staff will automatically flock to it. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case despite the fact that their users are a captive audience.

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Topics: Integrated Library Systems, Special Libraries, Marketing, ILS, Library Automation Software

Is There Such a Thing as Information Overload?

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 2/6/2018

“Information overload refers to the state of having too much information to make a decision or remain informed about a topic. It is often referred to in conjunction with various forms of computer mediated communication such as email and the web. The term was coined in 1970 by Alvin Toffler in his book Future Shock.” (Wikipedia)

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries

Access is Not Equal to Know-how

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 1/30/2018

Are you still hearing that hackneyed old comment, “Most everything’s available on the web now, so exactly why do we need librarians?” I certainly am! Arghhh! It’s coming from all quarters and other professionals too. In financially tumultuous times, when every cent is being scrutinized to within a centimeter of its life, we can expect this ugly example of shallow thinking to raise its head again and again. It’s time to remind ourselves of quick ways to respond to these comments.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Marketing

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