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We highlight the research, articles, market landscapes, product reviews and webinars in the Jinfo Research Focus, "Developing an information-savvy workforce through strategic alignments" and highlight the upcoming webinars and Community sessions.
18 months ago Fortune 300 company Praxair moved its information centre into the HR and talent development line of reporting. We interviewed Laura Garza (executive director for talent development) and Crystal Megaridis (manager, library services) to find out the strategy behind the move and the impact it's having on achieving business goals.
Knowledge professionals know that information literacy is essential to an organisation, but mapping out a journey towards this can be difficult. A recent Jinfo Community session explored this topic and the resulting model, developed by Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, is explored in this article. This maturity model can help you plan your information literacy activities by working out where you currently are and prioritising what areas to focus on for improvement.
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus "Developing an information-savvy workforce through strategic alignments", we surveyed how information professionals can improve information literacy in their organisations. In part two of the analysis, Robin Neidorf identifies key activities to support information skills development, partnerships with other departments, how much business leaders appreciate the role of information skills, and what to include in an information literacy survey.
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus "Developing an information-savvy workforce through strategic alignments", we surveyed how information professionals can improve information literacy in their organisations. Robin Neidorf identifies key reporting lines, from legal to R&D; identifies which parts of the business take the lead in improving information skills; and why skill development can take place in a silo.
Andrew Lucas reports on a recent Jinfo webinar which looked at how to develop an effective learning curriculum for information literacy, and how to design activity-based learning materials for a variety of environments to improve information skills.
We interview Simon Burton, managing director of CB Resourcing, to ask him how he sees information professionals developing cross-organisational information skills following his experience of recruitment in the knowledge, research and information management sphere.
How do we use new tools to embed learning and help create an information-savvy workforce in a frictionless and collaborative way? Kate Lomax looks at the current state of workplace learning and explores some of tools and technologies that can help embed informal and "just-in-time" workplace learning throughout the organisation.
As an information professional, your job relies on building relationships in order to discern real needs and disseminate actionable information. How do you build those relationships when starting afresh? It starts with finding allies, building credibility, and gaining visibility within your organisation.
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.
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.
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.
"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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