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Developing an information-savvy workforce is a task bigger than the capacity of your own team. It takes more than onboarding sessions, occasional demos, monthly newsletters and periodic training tips to raise the skill set of workers as they interact with information every day.
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We know that information skills are essential for today's knowledge workers, and yet they are rarely formally taught or coached by organisations. Nor do they tend to show up on workforce development plans.
An assessment of your organisation's maturity for information skills will enable you...
Strategic alignments don't happen by accident. They require a carefully crafted plan for success. Lee Ann Benkert explains how to design and implement a strategy as a way to integrate your information centre with the rest of the organisation and how to become recognised as a vital asset.
Libraries offer great resources but they are only useful if users are aware of them. Furthermore, it can be difficult to promote resources to non-library users. The library and information centre at Roche Products Limited sought to resolve this problem with The Library Channel, which hosts a series of short videos. Read how these videos positively impacted their online presence as well as increasing library visits and face-to-face enquiries.
Engaging with staff to improve information literacy can sometimes be difficult. The most effective approach is to create strategic partnerships with other groups in the organisation to make use of their different skills. Andrew Lucas reports on a Jinfo webinar which discussed how to identify the right partnerships.
This market landscape gives an overview of six platforms which you could consider when evaluating learning management platforms and introducing elearning content to your organisation.
They offer varying degrees of personalisation and whilst some such as Degreed and Lynda include courses and...
For information professionals the time has never been better to make the move from the "librarian profile" to become an information engineer. In "The emerging role of the information engineer" Marc Vollenweider explains why.
As data analytics becomes the value-add for information providers, is the use of complex search by both end-users and information professionals in decline and is there resistance to training in this area? Andrew Lucas talks to industry leaders, academics and professional associations to find out their views on this and see how their organisations are responding. Commentary includes comments from Charlie Inskip of UCL and Nick Poole of CILIP, plus representatives from Dow Jones, InfoDesk and LexisNexis.
The information world is changing dramatically, and with it the job of information professionals. Data analytics and the mind+machine model are leading to a new world where millions of analytics use-cases need to be designed and implemented each year. While the emerging role of the information engineer represents a huge opportunity for industry professionals globally, it also necessitates a significant upgrade of their skills to remain competitive in today's market.
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....
Assessing the information literacy of an organisation can be challenging. At Jinfo we have developed a methodology and template to make the process of identifying information skills levels easier; Andrew Lucas presents highlights from a recent Jinfo webinar on the subject.
Collaboration is an essential contributor to organisational success but many workplaces can, inadvertently, impede rather than encourage it. The rich experience of working with colleagues within or across departments is also important to our personal and professional development. In this article, Virginia Henry outlines some of the hidden benefits of teamwork and how to identify them.
Complete our survey on how to develop an information-savvy workforce through strategic alignments. As a thank you for participating, we'll email you a copy of the survey results on publication in March.
The Jinfo Research Focus "Developing an information-savvy workforce through strategic alignments" launches this month and runs until March. We ask the co-producers what they'll bring to the Focus and what we can expect to see covered.
"You can't manage what you can't measure." So said Peter Drucker. For information literacy, we are still a long way from being able to talk about standards or best practice for what measurement may look like. However, this doesn't mean that you can't embed key indicators within your projects to...
If you cultivate your skill in creating activity-based learning, you will improve the way workers interact with information.
But first, you need to learn to account for learning preferences amongst your target audience. Far from a "one-size-fits-all" strategy, information experts need to...
Information literacy is a key skill for today's knowledge workers, as the tools of the trade are increasingly being put into their hands. However, organisations are struggling to successfully progress their employees' capabilities.
For information teams, the impact of this skills gap can...
"The Information Centre of Excellence - commercial, consultative, collaborative"
Jinfo's flexible model of the Information Centre of Excellence provides a framework for any information team - any size, industry, or range of services - to operate nimbly in our changing world. (January - March 2020).
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