Special librarians should embed learning at the core of their practice, and develop a lifelong personal learning agenda.
The study and development of personas helps special librarians develop better products and services, and select the best integrated library systems.
Special library reference interviews cover digital resources, packaging and adding value to responses, and considering cost-value benefit(s).
Robots in libraries can provide a better research experience. Librarians should consider uses of artificial intelligence and robotics in special libraries.
Machine-based active listening in libraries can provide a better research experience. Artificial intelligence in special libraries.
Special librarians should consider the Internet of Things and Libraries: IoT will allow special library users to explore and consume content in different ways.
Special librarians can leverage social media trends to brand and market library products and services.
Machine-based learning in special libraries, e.g., harvest information from our databases and intranets and learn or predict our users’ behaviours.
Augmented Reality in Libraries: AR technology is relevant for special libraries and can be used absolutely free to enrich the end user’s experience.
Special librarians too often hide much of the true professional added value of their work. To mitigate that, I think the following activities will help librarians demonstrate value and impact.
Special librarians need client engagement strategies + skills to actively nurture relationships with end users.
Tech trends like artificial intelligence (AI) impact libraries, archives, museums and galleries, creating information experiences based on behavior.
Special librarians can leverage emerging technologies that go beyond automating transactions and adapt to human behaviours and “remembering”.
Special librarians must go beyond connecting users to information and influence knowledge creation and decision making by improving question quality.
Special librarians play a key role in knowledge ecosystems. Data professionals, information professionals, and knowledge workers are different.
Special librarians have many options for building influence in their organizations; Cialdini’s 6 principles of influence are a valuable reference.
Community Asset Mapping is a great tool for special librarians to use when examining potential partnerships, markets, audiences, and more.
Special librarians can use mind mapping or a four-box approach to begin and guide research, discovery, project and report creation and development.
Special librarians can use SWOT analysis to identify strengths and weaknesses that inform research and services development.
In order to develop better products and services, special librarians can use strategy frameworks to help analyze how clients think and make decisions.
Special librarians must align research services with how clients process information to reduce cycle time between getting information to making decisions.
Stephen Abram’s new Lucidea Press book “Succeeding in the World of Special Librarianship” offers valuable professional development tips for librarians.
Library consultant Stephen Abram describes ways for special librarians to understand/embrace technologies that “move the needle in the question space.”
Consultant Stephen Abram outlines strategies librarians can adopt to facilitate growth of ideas and better decision quality, beyond knowledge management.
Consultant Stephen Abram outlines strategies librarians can adopt to improve the health of a “knowledge ecology” rather than focusing on KM.