Val Skelton

Val Skelton has been a home-based freelancer for six years. She is the programme director of the annual conference Internet Librarian International and the editor of ILI365/Information Today Europe – a website of news and ideas for innovative librarians. She works with Phil Bradley Training – providing affordable and flexible training for librarians. Her editorial clients include ClearBox and Martin White/Intranet Focus.  She can be found on LinkedIn, on Twitter and contacted via email val@blythespark.co.uk 

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Articles by Val Skelton:


Jinfo Blog My Favourite Tipples from a freelance editor and conference director
Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

My Favourite Tipples are shared by Val Skelton, an editor and conference programme director specialising in the information management field. She shares her favourite online sources in areas from keeping up with breaking news to collaborative working.


Jinfo Subscription Reflecting on the FreePint Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development"
Friday, 3rd July 2015

As the FreePint Topic Series: Best Practices in Information Skills Development concludes, co-producers Sarah Huibregtse and Val Skelton highlight key themes that have emerged from the series. These include the evolution of the user, the constant shift of organisational priorities, needs analysis and development of objectives, skills development strategies, changes in delivery methods, and building partnerships. Additionally, some initial thoughts regarding the skills development strategy research are shared.


Jinfo Blog Achieving Engaging Training at Low Cost
Monday, 22nd June 2015

Val Skelton and Sarah Huibregtse, co-producers of the FreePint Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development", highlight some of the latest articles from the series and considers the place that competency-based training, video, and open courses have in today's training programmes.


Jinfo Blog Narrowing the Skills Gap
Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

Co-producers of the Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development", Val Skelton and Sarah Huibregtse, look at the articles, webinars and Community of Practice events yet to come in the series. Upcoming articles will cover flexible pathways to learning, using video in training, and using competency-based strategies to develop your information team.


Jinfo Blog Developing Skills for Ourselves, Team and End Users
Thursday, 21st May 2015

As we reach the mid-way point of our Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development", series co-producers Sarah Huibregtse and Val Skelton reflect on how content is addressing the way training can plug business-critical skills gaps, guidance for information professionals who are training service teams and end-users, and how information leaders can grasp training opportunities for their own continuing professional development.


Jinfo Blog Strategies for Developing and Conducting Training
Wednesday, 6th May 2015

The rise of the "self-sufficient user" means that information teams can focus more on providing high-value services. Yet the rise of self-sufficiency is also responsible for the increased demand for information skills training. Series co-producers Sarah Huibregtse and Val Skelton reflect on some of the lessons learned so far by training experts in the FreePint Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development".


Jinfo Blog Identifying Skills Gaps and Fostering Information Skills
Tuesday, 21st April 2015

Series co-producers Sarah Huibregtse and Val Skelton discuss why information skills are so business critical to organisations and reflect on the ways in which information professionals can truly make a difference to the working lives of their colleagues - and the effectiveness of their organisations.


Jinfo Blog Introducing the FreePint Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development"
Friday, 20th March 2015

As we launch FreePint's new Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development", the co-producers provide a taste of what's upcoming as we examine skills development from the perspective of information managers who need to train their centre staff and users in other departments. 


Jinfo Blog My Favourite Tipples from a Library and Content Marketing Freelancer
Wednesday, 4th March 2015

My Favourite Tipples are shared by Val Skelton, a freelancer with specialist expertise in training, content marketing, editing and conference programme development. She shares her favourite free online resources in areas from newsfeeds to free-to-use images and strategic thinking.


 

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Jinfo Subscription Best Practices in Information Skills Development
Thursday, 16th July 2015

This end of series report collects selected articles, producers' commentary and a full thematic index of content from the FreePint Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development" in a convenient PDF package for download and offline reading. Includes the themes:...


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