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Amy Burns Jinfo research on benchmarking information services (vendor relations)
26th June 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Based on Jinfo's research into benchmarking information services, this article looks at the findings and identifies some of the current issues and trends in vendor relationship management. It highlights three main issues that are plaguing information professionals today and how best to tackle them.

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Amy Burns Jinfo research on benchmarking information services (measuring success)
23rd June 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Which metrics do information management professionals use to measure success in their information services departments - and which do organisations demonstrating best practice use? In the third part of the analysis of Jinfo's benchmarking research, Amy Burns digs into how you can define and measure success in terms of elements from customer satisfaction to portfolio ROI.

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Robin Neidorf Jinfo research on benchmarking information services (customers and services)
22nd June 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

What does your information service do - and who do you do it for? In the second part of the analysis of Jinfo's benchmarking research, Robin Neidorf, Jinfo's director of research, looks at how information services define their customers, which groups are the main users of their services and how customers access their offerings.

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Robin Neidorf Does your information team possess "radical adaptability"?
22nd June 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

We interview LIS career specialist and information consultant Kim Dority on how information professionals can futureproof their skills and spot new trends, and how senior leaders can support their staff to work in a more innovative and entrepreneurial way.

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Robin Neidorf Jinfo research on benchmarking information services (understanding the environment)
21st June 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Reporting lines for information services and information centres provide useful insights into whether the service is centralised or decentralised and the strengths and weaknesses of those models. In the first part of the analysis of Jinfo's benchmarking survey, Robin Neidorf, Jinfo's director of research, looks at reporting lines, the four key functions of information services and the impact of complementary services.

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Robin Neidorf Jinfo research on benchmarking information services (introduction)
20th June 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

This year Jinfo has launched its first benchmarking survey, something the industry and our customers have long been in need of. Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, introduces the scope, methodology and goals.

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Amy Burns Where does your service sit on our efficiency model?
13th June 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Jinfo's information services efficiency model is a comparison of how companies establish their reporting structure against how they align their information services operations. Amy Burns explains how this can help you to benchmark your organisation against your peers.

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Lynn Strand How I surprised my hiring manager with my MLIS
12th June 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Information professionals need to continually educate the business world about how our unique abilities fit within the organisation, and how they can add immense value to the bottom line. Lynn Strand shares her experience of the hiring process for a market intelligence role as well as some ideas to implement for your next interview or performance review.

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Katharine Schopflin Networking for best effect - whether or not it comes naturally
8th June 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Networking has evolved thanks to the possibilities now offered by technology. Self-proclaimed "joiner", Katharine Schopflin, explains the options for networking and how even those who aren't natural networkers can benefit from making connections, opening up opportunities and gaining support from others in the field.

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Dale Moore Are you a certified information professional?
6th June 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Information professionals have long known that the management of resources isn't wholly dependent upon technology. This article looks at a new AIIM certification, indicative of a newer breed of knowledge workers, aimed at bridging the gap between IT and business information. It also benchmarks information roles and explores how you can update your existing skills.

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Robin Neidorf Jinfo for optimising your research service
22nd May 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Here's how we recently answered a customer query into how best to organise your information services team to achieve better proactive planning and continuous improvement.

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Rebecca Gebhardt Brizi Three steps to prosperous business partnerships
22nd May 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Information professionals need to be adept at handling many different types of business relationships, both internal and external. Rebecca Gebhardt Brizi looks at the approaches that can be adopted to create a foundation of trust and collaboration and exceed expectations and outcomes for all parties involved.

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Robin Neidorf SWOT analysis - the four main models of information centre management
15th May 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Jinfo's benchmarking research has identified four main structural models for information services. Robin Neidorf presents key identifiers for each model, the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and works through the example of a regional model to discuss strategies to overcome weaknesses and build on strengths.

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Click to view the item Use of and limitations to benchmarking for your information services
16th August 2017
(Announced 11th May 2017)

Jinfo is regularly asked for benchmarking on various elements of information service delivery. Our Research Focus, "Benchmarking information services - optimise your structure" provides valuable benchmarks on services, staffing, customer and vendor relations and more. But there are...

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Click to view the item Managing continuous reinvention of your information services
20th September 2017
(Announced 10th May 2017)

Jinfo's benchmarking research has documented that the most successful information services are the ones that constantly reinvent themselves. Although many of us want to be more innovative and future-focused, it can be difficult to maintain this orientation while running a busy service. This...

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Click to view the item Inspire your information team to think innovatively
19th July 2017
(Announced 10th May 2017)

Jinfo's benchmarking research has surfaced a consistent challenge for information teams: we need to inspire our information staff to think and act in more innovative ways. This orientation is essential for information services of all kinds to survive and thrive in today's value-focused...

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Click to view the item Future-proof your service by refocusing on higher-value work
12th September 2017
(Announced 9th May 2017)

A "future-proofed" information service is one that reinvents itself regularly. You can't succeed tomorrow based on the service promises of yesterday. A common theme explored in Jinfo's current benchmarking research is the desire - and need - to focus information services as a strategic...

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Click to view the item A look at the data for benchmarking your information service
8th August 2017
(Announced 8th May 2017)

A challenging question in Jinfo's benchmarking work focused on, "What metrics do you review to determine the success of your service?" Data is a key input for enabling decision-making, but it's notoriously difficult to develop and track meaningful measures in our field of practice. In...

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Click to view the item Maximising the strengths and minimising the weaknesses of organisational structure
11th July 2017
(Announced 8th May 2017)

The information services function has traditionally comprised of a centralised function, which ticked all the boxes of our three-legged stool: sources, technology and value. However, our benchmarking research has highlighted a trend towards a more decentralised approach. The core functions...

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Robin Neidorf Why isn't benchmarking more straightforward?
26th April 2017 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Benchmarking might seem straightforward but in reality, it's anything but. In an ambitious new Research Focus, Jinfo aims to identify metrics which will provide actionable insight. Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, explains the methodology and topics covered.

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