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As the FreePint Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development concludes, FreePint's director of research, Robin Neidorf, looks at key findings from the research and articles, and outlines next steps to ensure skills training success.
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:...
FreePint's recent Report: Research into Skills Development 2015 makes it clear that the critical issue of information skills development is being neglected by many organisations and strategy leaders. Find out more about the research and its relevance to digital workplaces.
FreePint's original research report delves into the critical issue of skills development. We polled around 200 organisations from a variety of sectors and organisations around the world to ask them about areas such as why investment in information skills is essential, the types of training...
Information work does not look the same today as it did five years ago. Not for information professionals, not for other knowledge workers who interact with information to get their jobs done.
That was the driver behind planning and delivering the April - June 2015 Topic Series, "Best...
In part three of her analysis Robin Neidorf reports further on FreePint's research into how information professionals address skills development. The research included a series of questions to understand the state of strategic planning around skills development, including: the impact of strategy, leadership and organisational culture on information skills investment, strategic planning to meet information skills needs, and budget & resource considerations. We also asked what needs to change in terms of additional or alternative resources or training for information professionals and knowledge workers.
Bernadette John is an expert in digital professionalism. She explains why information professionals should be taking the lead in ensuring staff possess appropriate skills to be professional in the digital environment - and what can go wrong if they don't.
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.
In part two of her analysis Robin Neidorf reports further on FreePint's research into how information professionals address skills development. She drills down into the findings to give detail on the scope of existing programmes to support information skills development, and the overall culture around development - with specific comments about development for information professionals and development for knowledge workers. Preference for different formats for training are highlighted as well as go-to sources for programmes and training.
Bernadette John explains what digital professionalism means and how it goes far beyond an understanding of social media. She goes into detail about why gaining these skills is essential, not just for employees but also for their families and friends, and where knowledge of information governance and confidentiality issues, correct use of images and understanding the risks of shadow IT become particularly important.
With limited resources available for workplace skills development, there is an increasing need for information managers to make a more effective case to encourage senior management to invest in this area. A recent FreePint Webinar offered some useful advice on how to make the connection between skills objectives and larger organisational goals and improve your chances of obtaining funding.
Robin Neidorf reports on FreePint's research into how information professionals address skills development. In part one of the analysis she looks at drivers for the research and why investment in information skills is critical. She also examines the survey respondents, geographic locations, and the knowledge workers they support.
With so many changes taking place in the way we work, ongoing skills development must play a critical role in every type of organisation. A recent FreePint Webinar explored this issue and highlighted some of the ways which information professionals can better connect skills objectives to larger organisational goals such as value, efficiency, innovation and cost savings.
Distance learning is flexible, accessible and well-placed to meet the diverse needs of individuals. Despite the obvious advantages to distance learning, there are some pitfalls to avoid when designing a programme and a recent FreePint Webinar highlighted some of these.
Distance learning requires time and expertise and what works in a more traditional face-to-face teaching environment may not work as well in a distance one. A recent FreePint Webinar provided insight into what you need to know when designing and implementing an effective distance learning programme and this article highlights some of the advice given to enable you to advance the cause of information skills development in your organisation.
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.
Phil Bradley considers the changing world of training and why it's essential to keep up with the latest technology developments - whether running a training course or keeping your own skills up to date.
Phil Bradley explains why videos are an increasingly important part of the trainer's armoury. His article explores what you need to know and what equipment you need before you start filming. He also looks at some of the best resources for online video training, screen recording software, and identifies some of the best apps to enable you to record and edit direct from mobile devices.
Katharine Reedy introduces the role that the Open University's online bite-size "Being digital" activities can play in workplace learning.
Created by Open University Library Services, "Being digital" is a collection of short, easy-to-follow activities covering the skills needed to be effective online. The bite-size nature of the material makes it very flexible in the way it can be used, and ideal for workplace learning. In this article Katharine Reedy explains more about what "Being digital" covers, the thinking behind it, and how you can make the most of it for skills development.
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"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: