The True Cost of Open Source—There is Nothing Cheap about Free

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/1/2017

Open source software (OSS) is the technology world’s response to consumers who are price sensitive, but as with many things, it’s important to do your homework before making a commitment. Read on for some thought provoking suggestions on how to evaluate the best ILS or KM software for your organization. Maybe it’s open source, maybe it isn’t.

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Collection Management Software, Knowledge Management Systems, Collections Management Software, Integrated Library Systems

Solo Success: Time Management Apps for Solo Librarians

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Posted by Larry Cooperman on 6/29/2017

Solo librarians need powerful time management tools, since they are running their libraries without paraprofessional staff to assist. I’ve learned that many solo librarians (as well as other professionals) use their smartphones to manage and organize their time. Technology to the rescue!

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Small Library Management

10 Ways to Ensure a Robot Doesn’t Steal Your Job

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/3/2016

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) a threat to your career? Yes. But read on.

AI is likely to have an increasingly significant impact on the knowledge management profession over time. But with the right strategy, you can be assured of remaining employed in your chosen field.

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Library Management, Knowledge Management, Solo Librarianship, Content Management, KM Careers

3 Simple Steps for Avoiding Software Purchasing Heartburn

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 6/28/2016

Most of us don’t buy software very often. In fact, unless you are a senior Information Technology Manager, you may do so only a couple of times in your career. The most common software selection problems are easily avoided with a little advance planning.

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Library Management, Knowledge Management, Museums

3 Extraordinary Visual Tech Trends You Can Leverage For Your Museum

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 6/24/2016

Can disappearing texts, images and videos increase the visibility of your museum? As strange as it sounds, the answer is “yes.” Trying to attract potential visitors? Reach them via smartphone—with mobile video. If you want to create the ultimate museum experience sample, virtual reality can take your advertising to another dimension.

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Museums

Networking Isn’t Just for Special Occasions. Here’s Why:

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Posted by Sotto Voce Communications on 6/1/2016

I just read an excellent blog post on networking like a "pro" at conferences on the Linex Systems website, and since it’s trade show season, the tips provided are very timely. But what about internal networking? Can some of the principles that make conference networking less scary also make interacting with our own organizational leaders less intimidating?

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Leadership

Library Marketing Methods

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Posted by Ayesha Thompson on 1/15/2015

Originally posted on SydneyPLUS blog 11/14/2014 - 12/03/2014

Following on from my blog post about the many benefits of special library marketing, I want to offer some ways to start thinking about marketing, and also to encourage you to consider developing a formal marketing plan for your library.

Before you start on any marketing activities it is important to have targets that you wish to reach through your marketing plan. In addition, you must know to whom you are marketing. After all, there is no point in directing your marketing initiative at your litigation department, if they are your main or only users. The idea is to attract and convert users who don’t currently see your library’s benefits.

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Library Management

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