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

How and When a Museum Should Hire a Grant Specialist

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 12/19/2018

Taking grant writing workshops, attending funding agency webinars, and reading grant writing tips can be incredibly helpful, but sometimes you need a little extra help from a grant specialist. A grant specialist is not just a grant writer, they’re an expert in leading a museum though the entire grant acquisition process.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Funding

Expanding Digital Preservation Collaboration

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Posted by Margot Note on 12/17/2018

While digital preservation efforts are being led by members of the cultural heritage community working at institutions traditionally responsible for saving materials, the challenges of digital preservation require the involvement of new participants.

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Topics: Digital Archives, Strategy, Professional Development

How to Find the Best Museum Grant Funding Opportunity

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 12/12/2018

One of the hardest aspects of the grant acquisition process is finding appropriate funding opportunities that match the museum’s proposed project. Many facets of the grant acquisition process can be taught and replicated, but conducting grant prospect research is an area that will change each time a new project needs funding.

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Topics: Museums, Funding, Strategy

How to make friends and influence organizations to adopt KM

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 12/6/2018

Selling is like a journey—there is no finish line. Remember that getting buy-in to KM is an ongoing, permanent process. You are selling all the time!

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Topics: Knowledge Management, KM, Strategy

Identifying Museum Funding Roadblocks

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 12/5/2018

If your museum isn’t applying for grants or hasn’t been successful with previous applications, you need to understand why in order to circumnavigate the roadblock. This is a necessary first step before any grant work can begin. Self-reflection, outside assessment, and solicited expertise are employed whenever a personal or professional roadblock comes up—and the same applies here. It’s time to unblock your writer’s block and get back (or jump in) to grant writing.

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Topics: Museums, Funding, Strategy, Professional Development

Scalability of Digital Preservation: The Right Fit for All

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Posted by Margot Note on 11/19/2018

As with many archival projects, large institutions lead the way to new discoveries, workflows, and practices. Discussions about digital preservation have been too frequently (but understandably) presented in terms that apply only to large, well-funded institutions.

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Topics: Digital Archives, Collections Management, Strategy

KM Secret: Documents and Presentations

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 11/15/2018

Timely communication is critical to successfully introducing a new KM initiative and keeping the organization informed of implementation progress. Complete and effective documentation supports training, communications, and user assistance. It is a good way to demonstrate knowledge sharing and reuse, and allows users to learn about all elements of a KM program.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, KM, Strategy

How to Conference on a Museum Budget

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 11/7/2018

Attending museum conferences is an important facet of healthy museum operations. Museum professionals need to attend conferences in order to stay abreast of current and forecasted museum issues, learn and gather fresh ideas to bring back to the museum, and network with colleagues to build critical inter-museum partnerships.

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Topics: Museums, Professional Development, Strategy

KM Secret: Improve Findability Part Two

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 11/1/2018

There are many ways to build a positive reputation for knowledge management within your organization. Making content easier to find is a big win. Last week I focused on user interface elements and channels, and introduced the idea of curated content and answers. Please read on for more about the content itself and how it can be organized for better findability.

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Topics: KM, Knowledge Management, Strategy

Ready to Read: A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 10/31/2018

I’m pleased to announce that my new book, A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing, is now available. Published by Lucidea Press, it will show you how to develop a successful approach to grant writing that increases your chance of grant acquisition success.

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Topics: Museums, Funding, Strategy

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