UCB's Scientific Information Service (SIS) held a Futures conference in 2017 for its users and select vendors to explore emerging ideas and technologies in the areas of content access and procurement. The conference was invitation-only, to make it more compelling for users to attend and keep it to a manageable size. It consisted of an introductory keynote, break-out sessions and short presentations covering relevant topics and this article looks at what was learnt as well as offering some practical next steps to help your organisation if wanting to plan a similar conference.
Information teams are moving away from transactional work to more consultative roles. This requires not just new skills but a change in mindset and information managers need to foster the right culture to support this transition. As part of the Jinfo Research Focus, "The information team with the right stuff", Robin Neidorf, Jinfo's director of research, explains how to refashion information teams to instil a new consultancy mindset, including work plans, staff appraisals, team meetings, mentoring, peer support and networking.
The traditional view of information management as the acquisition, organisation and distribution of information is gradually changing and information managers will increasingly have to deal with unpredictability in their work. This article suggests that information managers will become curators of information and arrangers of knowledge in context and looks at ways they can mitigate the growing complexity.
With greater use of analytics in organisations large and small, the licensing of data - especially from third parties - is a growing challenge. In a recent Jinfo Community session, participants discussed how they tackle this thorny issue, as well as educating stakeholders in their organisations and planning for much greater use of analytics in the future.
Although there is plenty of research available on the information literacy skills of students and researchers, little is known about how those in the workplace find and effectively use information. This article provides a background to this topic and highlights some key findings from recent research carried out in relation to the insurance worker.
This monthly update collects the current content relevant to those responsible for information service management, information strategy and content procurement in a convenient PDF package for download and offline reading. Includes: Product review of M-360 Opoint Technology's...
When you receive a new research project it's tempting to start straight away, especially with time constraints and other pressures, but it's important to take some time at the start to plan your research. A good plan can more than halve your actual research time. This article offers some practical steps you can take to better prepare yourself, including managing your time and user expectations as well as the availability of resources.
In the second of three webinars forming part of Jinfo's current Research Focus, "Stake your claim in the success of data analytics", we discussed the challenges information professionals face when successfully managing data licensing for current and future projects. This webinar presented key steps that information professionals can take now to partner with internal stakeholders and external suppliers to create a future that's economically sustainable in terms of data purchasing
How do you go about creating the perfect information team to suit your specific organisational goals and requirements? Victoria Alford rounds up some recent articles which can help.
The role of the information centre is to provide the right information, to the right people at the right time. This is a strategically critical role within every organisation, and in certain sectors provides a competitive advantage. To maintain credibility and add value to stakeholders, information teams must develop their skills to keep pace with industry changes, business and the wider world. This article explains how to evaluate and develop the needs of your information team and suggests an outline training plan structure on how to devise and align team and personal development requirements.
This report shows Jinfo’s benchmarking data on information services based on data collected through January 2018. In addition to review of the full dataset of 33 respondents, this report looks at results specific to the seven respondents from the financial services and insurance...
This market landscape looks at six key institutions that offer either certificates or non-MLIS Master's degrees. All courses support online learning which makes them accessible to working professionals globally. Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy - Columbia...
Information teams now provide services and benefits to stakeholders in new ways and offer more customised services to users. Traditional library and information science courses have also adapted and evolved to meet the needs of employers. This article looks at the information professional's need to stay current with new technologies and master collaboration skills, and how continuous learning is required to remain relevant and valuable to the organisation.
Jinfo's 2017 survey into data analytics needs and concerns looks closely at how information professionals see their roles in this subject area, and whether more needs to be done to address concerns raised.
With the era of MiFID II still in its infancy, its likely impact on the investment research sector remains unclear. This article attempts to shed some light on where the industry is now, a month into the new regime, and where it is likely to go in the future.
In the first of three webinars held as part of the Jinfo Research Focus, "Stake your claim in the success of data analytics", we presented key steps that information professionals can take to prepare for a more inclusive role in current and future data analytics projects. This article presents an overview of what was discussed including ways information professionals can leverage existing skills and learn new ones.
Change management skills are needed to run an effective information service and support users in performing tasks that were previously the information centre's domain. This article covers some of these skills from communication and training through to stakeholder and community management and offers some useful practical tips to ensure change management skills are part of your new skill set.
How best to manage data, whether it's produced internally or externally, is an area that many information teams are finding increasingly complex, and one that technology alone cannot fix. In a recent Community session, participants discussed the ownership and visibility of data, and how to keep sets correct, clean and complete for analytics, text and data mining.
Find out why we invited Marc Vollenweider of Evalueserve to be honorary producer on our Research Focus, "Stake your claim in the success of data analytics"
Jinfo recently held its annual State of the industry Community session where participants discussed their top concerns for the coming year. This article brings together insights and practical tips from the session and also explores some of the themes we'll be looking at in an upcoming Research Focus, "The information team with the right stuff", including the likely impact on training and continuous professional development of information professionals.
This Research Focus provides analysis, expert articles, product reviews, webinars and Community sessions on what information professionals bring to data analytics projects and how to ensure you're involved. (January - March 2018).
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