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: Library Marketing, Integrated Library Systems, Special Libraries, 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: Library Marketing, Special Libraries

Future Ready: The Emerging New Library/Librarian Experience

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 1/23/2018

Libraries and librarians are all about experiences. How would you describe the experience of dealing with you? What are the benefits? In this post, I’d like to explore the knowledge experience and how it has changed over the years with respect to the library/librarian value proposition. As we enter an era of new opportunities it’s wise to see how we got to this point.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries

Part Four: Client Engagement in Special Libraries—Simple Tactics to Build On

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 12/5/2017

Our first three posts defined customer engagement and focused on our clients/colleagues. We suggested a strategy for identifying and connecting with the colleagues we serve. We looked into gaining a better understanding of ourselves as people, and we reviewed the core skills for listening. In this post we design a roadmap for engaging colleagues in the various specialized settings of information professionals.

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Topics: Library Management, Small Library Management, Stephen Abram, Special Libraries, Client Engagement in Special Libraries

Part Three: Client Engagement in Special Libraries—What are the skills and competencies for engagement?

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 11/28/2017

In our first two posts in this series, we defined what customer engagement is in the special librarian’s context, and outlined an approach to building a special library focused customer relationship management system.

Now, let’s ask ourselves what are the major competencies required for success? What should we invest our personal development focus on?

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Topics: Library Management, Small Library Management, Stephen Abram, Special Libraries, Client Engagement in Special Libraries

Part Two: Client Engagement in Special Libraries—Tracking and engaging your clients

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 11/21/2017

My last post defined terms related to customer engagement and focused on the personal relationship-building component of our mandate with our target colleagues.

A major element of building relationships is knowing your colleagues well. No one’s memory is perfect. You can’t remember everything, and you may be working in teams (although this is useful for solos too). For sustainability and teamwork, you need to build a database that pulls together your knowledge of your clients and colleagues.

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Small Library Management, Stephen Abram, Special Libraries, Client Engagement in Special Libraries

Part One: Client Engagement in Special Libraries—What is it?

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 11/14/2017

This series of blog posts on client engagement 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: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Small Library Management, Integrated Library Systems, Stephen Abram, Special Libraries, Client Engagement in Special Libraries

Workplace Information Literacy: It’s Different

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 8/17/2017

There are plenty of articles and studies on information literacy in our professional literature. However, these almost always address the issue of information literacy in public, K-12 and academic libraries, and focus on end users. But what about workplace literacy?

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Small Library Management, Integrated Library Systems, Stephen Abram, Special Libraries

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