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Not only are we coming to terms with the change that this virus has brought about in our lives, we are trying to fight an avalanche of information. Every time I do a search for COVID-19 or coronavirus across thousands of aggregated sources, I’m overwhelmed. I know there is quality information there, I’m just struggling to pinpoint exactly what I want. …
Marketing is typically one of the first items to be slashed by management in hard times. During the 2008 recession I received an instruction from my CEO to immediately cut 1/3 of my team of 30 and ½ of my budget. I reluctantly agreed to implement this and later found out that every other department had been asked to make cuts of only 1-2% over a longer period.…
We are currently in the midst of unexplored territory and life as we know it is changing. There have been few global events which have kept everyone glued to the news like COVID-19, and we are constantly making behavioural adjustments in response. On a personal level, our communities depend on us to follow advice and stay at home, unless absolutely necessary.  Professionally we need to keep working as best we can because our organisations…
Today I wanted to inject some lightness into COVID-19 current awareness. I will declare up front that I am a big fan of technology, especially in the workplace. I love the way something new can arrive and reshape processes and outcomes and make life and jobs more productive. Spotify in the 1980s Several times this week I have stopped to think: what would have happened if coronavirus had struck around 30 years ago? Success depends…
I have always been a big believer in the benefits of cross-pollinating ideas – of picking up concepts and techniques from one field, then adapting and implementing them in another. Doing what to me seems like something obvious and easy, has led to me being called “entrepreneurial” and “innovative” many times in my career. Current awareness is a concept I’ve recently learned about and that I think should be a lot more widespread than it…
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay  I want to convince you that you should be involved with creating content. Why? Information managers aren’t always the obvious choice when an organisation is looking for website or social media content creators, but it’s time our library management skills were recognised and deployed in a different way. We are skilled and flexible communicators, and able to produce all types of content for many different audiences. From my…
  Nothing in life is certain, except for death and taxes. However, for today’s internet-savvy world, the phrase should now include wikis. Why? You can’t navigate the web without coming across a wiki of some sort which offers the answer you’re looking for in some form – text, image, link, citation, reference, or even open-access works.  Most wikis are focused on specific content for a certain audience, for example, Minecraft wiki.  Some like the…
There has been a lot of talk amongst law firms about agile working as a way of improving workflow and collaboration. First employed by the software industry, agile projects are defined by short bursts of work that are intended to produce a deliverable result. However what works in one industry, might not work in another. What has agile come to mean in a legal context? According to one law library case study, it means…