Part Four: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—SWOT and Fish Bones

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 7/17/2018

I’ll bet you’ve done SWOT a lot. It’s a classic technique but one which benefits, I believe, from fish bone force field diagramming. It’s easy to do and, with good facilitation, mines the brains in the room quickly.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

Part Three: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—Tools to Inspire Creativity and Encourage Divergent Thinking

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 7/10/2018

In this third post in my series about interesting frameworks and tools for thinking about the value-add we can provide in our product and service design, I’ll outline three tools I use all the time—sometimes alone, and sometimes in collaboration with others.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

Part Two: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—Thinking About Thinking (Edward de Bono)

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 7/3/2018

In my previous post, I wrote about how analyzing the ways in which thinking and decision-making happen offers interesting frameworks special librarians can use to strategize about the added value we provide in our product and service design. In this post I outline one of my favourites—Dr. Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

Define Museum Success & Measure It

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 6/6/2018

Museums are filled with experts in collections care, display, and education, but they aren’t always filled with experts in project management. Defining and measuring project success is not a practice I see conducted consistently in museums.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy

How to Best Leverage Museum Volunteers

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 5/30/2018

Staffing shortages are a common issue for museums. As in many nonprofit sectors, museums manage staffing shortfalls with volunteers. Volunteers can be a huge benefit to a museum because they often come with expertise and skills acquired from a lifetime of experiences.

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Topics: Museums, Training, Strategy

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: Professional Development, Strategy, Special Librarianship

Effective Technology Training for Museum Volunteers & Interns

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 5/23/2018

Museums are now expected to have an online presence. At first, this meant museums needed a website with information about their hours of operation. Later, it meant museums should publish content and information about current and permanent exhibits. Now, the expectation is that museums have a digital presence for all artifacts.

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Topics: Museums, Training, Strategy

10 Principles for Successful KM Communities

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 5/17/2018

In my current book on promoting knowledge management initiatives within the corporate world, I offer a collection of practical tips and techniques that can help your KM program thrive. High performing communities are essential to KM success. I have developed 10 principles for KM practitioners to keep in mind as they build and participate in communities.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Strategy, Knowledge Management Software

Keys to Developing a Comprehensive Archives Collection Development Policy

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Posted by Margot Note on 5/14/2018

Archives and special collection development policies should state what the organization currently holds and the collecting areas, especially records of enduring value that represent the organization's history. A policy will not only formalize the archives program, it will allow you to focus on what you would like to acquire as well as to disregard materials that fall outside of the collection. Focusing on what you will not collect will also allow you to deaccession materials that should not be in the collection.

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Topics: Archives Collections Management Software, Strategy, Digital Archives

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

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