Shimrit Janes is director of knowledge for Digital Workplace Group, as well as an independent researcher and consultant specialising the digital workplace and knowledge management. She's particularly interested in enabling knowledge sharing and collaboration through the digital workplace, as well as the areas of organisational readiness and culture. Find Shimrit on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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My Favourite Tipples from a director of knowledgeWednesday, 20th June 2018
My Favourite Tipples are shared by Shimrit Janes, researcher and consultant for the digital workplace. She shares some of her go-to sources to keep up with emergent trends and established best practice.
How to assess your organisation's information literacy levelThursday, 30th March 2017
Knowledge professionals know that information literacy is essential to an organisation, but mapping out a journey towards this can be difficult. A recent Jinfo Community session explored this topic and the resulting model, developed by Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, is explored in this article. This maturity model can help you plan your information literacy activities by working out where you currently are and prioritising what areas to focus on for improvement.
Can you accurately track users, usage and value of your information products?Wednesday, 8th March 2017
The relationship between usage and value remains a sore point for many information professionals. There's an assumption that increased usage is always desirable, but the reality is that usage is a far more complex beast that, if to be useful, needs to be better rooted in the context of the goals being achieved.
How you can identify and influence data analytics projectsFriday, 9th December 2016
Information professionals often find out too late about their organisation's data analytics projects, and are having to swoop in after finding out that the project is misusing data and licences. To try and address this risk, Jinfo has developed a three-step approach to help information teams spot, join, and influence data analytics project teams.
What's at stake if information services are excluded from data analytics projects?Friday, 2nd December 2016
The inclusion of information professionals within data analytics projects brings their unique skill set to the table: deep source and consulting expertise. Conversely, the exclusion of information professionals from data analytics projects risks wasted time, wasted money, siloed working, and ill-defined business requirements. Jinfo held two Community sessions to explore precisely what's at stake, and how information services can be a valuable partner within this emergent area.
Buyers and sellers collaborate on the data analytics challengeThursday, 17th November 2016
Shimrit Janes reports on how Jinfo Community sessions brought together data suppliers and data purchasers to share their concerns, their lessons learned, and to start to forge a way forward in areas such as data analytics, data resources and licensing terms.
Applying lessons learned from current awareness to data analyticsTuesday, 11th October 2016
Information professionals have strong skills and expertise in the well-established area of current awareness, how can they evolve this prowess to apply it to the emergent field of data analytics? Shimrit Janes reports from a recent Community session which tackled this subject.
Carrying out a current awareness needs assessmentFriday, 29th July 2016
Current awareness can be a messy, difficult area to tackle. What are the different requirements? What is the value? How do you determine how effective your solutions are going to be? To help bring order to the chaos, Jinfo has developed a needs assessment methodology, which was shared and discussed in a recent Community session.
Get practical guidance on your organisation's current awareness needsThursday, 14th July 2016
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Content and technology for current awareness", we have a range of webinar and Community sessions available to help you gain information on areas from content platforms to new sources and the increasing importance of data analytics.
Cultivating Interdepartmental Relationships Through Research and CommunicationMonday, 30th May 2016
The relationships you have across your organisation can be vital; they can be a facilitator to the work you do, or a blocker. A recent Community session took an in-depth look at four key relationships that information services should be looking to cultivate - IT, procurement, legal and HR - and discussed steps that can be taken to nurture them.
Getting More Value from Your Query Handling ServicesThursday, 26th May 2016
Query handling is a core service for many information services teams but what can we learn from those who do it most successfully? Shimrit Janes reports from a recent Jinfo Community session which explored this subject and highlights Jinfo's maturity model for inbound query management and case assignment.
Taking an Entrepreneurial Approach to the Value ConversationWednesday, 4th May 2016
Can information professionals have more effective conversations around value if they think more entrepreneurially? In a recent Community session, Robin Neidorf led participants through Jinfo's skills development framework and explained how to map your value skills against it, whether for the current situation, "Known Unknown" or "Great Unknown".
Note: Full report (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2667
Seeing Technology as an Opportunity for Skills DevelopmentTuesday, 3rd May 2016
The practitioner's technology skill set is the area that has seen a real surge in the last five or so years. Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, recently led participants through an in-depth look at how to build, train and nurture skills in your information team. In this article we take a look at Jinfo's skills development framework and how to make use of it to identify current and future technology skills training requirements.
Evolving Your Team's Skills in Source ExpertiseMonday, 2nd May 2016
There is still a lag in information professionals' confidence to really embrace the ability to have strategic conversations about value. In a recent Community session Jinfo looked at how to apply its skills development framework to tackle the "Known Unknowns" and "Great Unknowns" around value questions, such as is the cost commensurate with the results.
Diagnosing Your Information Team's Skills GapFriday, 29th April 2016
How do you plan strategically for an uncertain future? In an April Community session, Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, led participants through an in-depth look at how to assess and plan the skills your information team needs for now and heading into the future, across their sources, technology and value expertise. Here, we take a look at Jinfo's skills development framework and how to make use of it.
Assessing and Progressing the Maturity of Your Information ServicesWednesday, 13th April 2016
In a recent Community session we introduced a maturity model that can help you plan the path ahead of you to improve your effectiveness. Here, we focus in on that maturity model and explain how it can help information services in your organisation to act at a more strategic level.
Creating a Meaningful Dialogue to Develop Value ExpertiseFriday, 8th April 2016
In a recent Community session, Jinfo led participants through an in-depth look at ownership and influence amongst sources, technology and value expertise. Here, we focus in on collaborating to develop value expertise which can be the most difficult to nurture across processes, management and direction.
Gaining Influence With Those Who Own Technology ExpertiseThursday, 7th April 2016
In a recent Community session, Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, led participants through an in-depth look at ownership and influence amongst sources, technology and value expertise, as well as a maturity model that can help you plan the path ahead of you to improve your effectiveness. Here, we focus in on the importance of having influence over technology expertise.
Harnessing Your Source Expertise and OwnershipTuesday, 5th April 2016
In a March Community session, Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, led participants through an in-depth look at ownership and influence amongst sources, technology and value expertise, as well as a maturity model that can help you plan the path ahead of you to improve your effectiveness. Here, we focus in on making the most of your source expertise.
My Favourite Tipples from a Digital Workplace ConsultantWednesday, 23rd March 2016
My Favourite Tipples are shared by Shimrit Janes, a freelance researcher and consultant who specialises in the use of social technology for knowledge sharing. Shimrit shares the tools and sources she's currently using to keep up-to-date with developments in her field.
Where Does Information Services Sit in Your Organisation? And Why Does it Matter?Thursday, 25th February 2016
Information professionals' placement and structure within their organisations can vary wildly from organisation to organisation, and even from year to year. There are a number of pros and cons inherent to every setup, and being able to identify what those are is a good first step to making the most of your own unique configuration. We report from a recent Jinfo Community session "Make the Most of Your Organisation's Reporting Structure".
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Jinfo model - prioritising users for information skillsWednesday, 8th February 2017
It's essential to prioritise training in information skills and using a risk-based approach can help you make the case with stakeholders. This Jinfo model presents three tables you can use in your own organisation to triage priorities and ensure you can implement the training that's required....
Jinfo model - researching and planning for data analytics risksThursday, 24th November 2016
The Jinfo Webinar " Identify - and overcome - the most common data analytics risks ", part of Jinfo's current Research Focus "Data analytics - ready your information service", presented a framework and methodology for researching and planning to identify and mitigate common data analytics risks....
Jinfo model - create your 12-month plan for data analyticsFriday, 28th October 2016
The Jinfo Webinar " Create your plan for data analytics , presented a three-stage methodology for preparing your information team to become a valuable partner within the emerging world of data analytics.
The methodology comprises a number of key exercises:
Understanding what your...
The Information Team with "The Right Stuff"Monday, 9th May 2016
How should the ideal information team look? What skills are required, can you build your team, train your staff and nurture skills to cope with an uncertain future?
In a recent Jinfo Community session led by Robin Neidorf, Jinfo's director of research, she introduced useful models to map...
What You Can "Own" and What You Can InfluenceMonday, 18th April 2016
A recent Jinfo Community session discussed how information professionals bring unique expertise in three interrelated areas to their work environments. Shimrit Janes reported on the session with articles on techniques to maximise your success in the organisation and how to use collaborative and...
Model - Understanding IT CharacteristicsTuesday, 23rd February 2016
The Jinfo Community session, "Step One to Alignment Between IS and IT", examined in part how to reset our perceptions of IT, as a building block to creating better alignment between the two departments.
This table offers a starting point for recognising the positive aspects of what makes a...
Market landscape - people informationThursday, 24th December 2015
This report accompanies Shimrit Janes' article " Analysing the Market Landscape for People Information - Introduction " where she looks at seven different vendors which have specialist "people information": Avention/OneSource, Boardroom Insiders, Factiva, Leadership Directories, LinkedIn, Nexis,...
"Remote Information Teams"
If you're newly remote, you may feel like you've been thrown into a mysterious culture where you sort of speak the language but sort of not. Use Jinfo's "Focus on Remote Information Teams" to become fluent: