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Reskilling for Survival in an Increasingly Information-Biased World
Thursday, 23rd May 2013
Info pro expert Sue Hill of Sue Hill Recruitment explains how it's essential that her organisation keep on top of big data development trends in order to best advise client companies and job seekers. She explains what info pros should do to position themselves at the centre of the big data opportunity.
Big Data Opportunities for Enterprise Librarians
Thursday, 23rd May 2013
Kat Allen looks at skills which enterprise information professionals bring to the world of big data and why they want seats at the table alongside data scientists and developers.
Moving from an Info Pro To a Big Data Career: Big Deal or Big Headache?
Wednesday, 22nd May 2013
As studies show a shortage of big data experts and an estimated 4 million roles in the sector predicted by 2018, Victor Camlek considers what big data jobs are likely to involve and which attributes and skills are required of information professionals considering a move into the world of big data.
Big Data and the Enterprise Information Professional
Friday, 17th May 2013
Victor Camlek reviews what big data means for the information professional in a corporate information centre, library or strategic planning department. Opportunities abound for info pros to take the lead as content advocates on big data issues and to deliver an active agenda aimed at documenting, tracking and attending physical and virtual events focused on big data - to deliver a strong return on investment.
Big Data - Time To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone?
Monday, 13th May 2013
Recent reports by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Cisco about the importance of mastering big data for future corporate success should represent opportunities for information managers. Yet the latest Business Information Review (BIR) survey shows that information services are, as yet, little involved in big data projects. BIR also highlights other areas where info pros may be missing out, and reports that the most successful information services are the ones that are adding value through activities well outside their comfort zone.
An Array of Needs in Mobile Content: A View from the FreePint Community of Practice
Thursday, 25th April 2013
The mobile environment is a dynamic one. Robin Neidorf offers an update into how organisations are tackling the challenge of making content mobile, which devices are proving the most popular and which barriers to implementation remain. Security and authentication issues are discussed alongside BYOD and softer challenges such as users' lack of information literacy skills.
FreePint and BST America Tackle the Key Issues for Information Professionals
Thursday, 28th March 2013
In collaboration with BST America, FreePint is launching a new series of webinars and articles focusing on the key issues and challenges for information professionals and suppliers to the industry. The topics tackled in the articles will range from identifying ROI on content to negotiation with vendors; the webinar series will focus on identifying and measuring value.
Online Education Services - the Market is Getting Crowded
Thursday, 28th March 2013
Online learning, tutoring and education are big business with some predicting the sector to be worth $220 billion by 2017. It’s not just the traditional academic publishers supplying the elearning field, online specialists such as the Khan Academy and the increasingly-popular MOOC (massive open online courses) are also in the mix. Penny Crossland investigates the key players and drivers in the market.
FreePint for Skills Upgrades: Stop the Intranet and PowerPoint Insanity
Tuesday, 12th March 2013
If you mention intranets or PowerPoint to colleagues, the most common reaction is a groan. However, both can and both should be an essential part of our information and communications armoury. Robin Neidorf examines two of the most popular FreePint articles on these topics and identifies how such articles can help information professionals to improve their skills, wow their colleagues and support continuous improvement.
Using FreePint to Support Skills Upgrades
Monday, 11th March 2013
Robin Neidorf examines data on FreePint Subscribers' sharing patterns with their colleagues and identifies the articles on "sources" which have been most shared and how FreePint articles can help staff upgrade their skills in the area of truth, falsehood and free. A variety of Subscriber levels cater for all needs and there's also the option to order bespoke reports or white-labelled versions.
FreePint Guidance to Instruction at a Distance
Wednesday, 27th February 2013
A recent FreePint Webinar provided instructors and those who support instructors with initial insights into what helps an instructor move from classroom to e-classroom. Watch the video, and request your free copy of the presentation.
Mini Review: Safari Books Online
Friday, 8th February 2013
Electronic reference materials such as ebooks and videos can present businesses with a time, cost efficient and environmentally friendly way to keep up-to-date with business and technology developments. Yulia Aspinall reviews Safari Books Online, a comprehensive digital library designed to help business, creative and technology professionals to easily access information relevant to their business and career.
Increase Your Productivity - Just Get it Done!
Thursday, 7th February 2013
David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity system can help you clear your mind, organise incoming information, and decide what to focus on at any given time. Jo Alcock provides an overview of the GTD system and recommends tools to help you improve your productivity.
Decimate Your 'To Do List': Get Things Done
Thursday, 7th February 2013
This article provides an introduction to David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology. It discusses each of the five stages in the GTD process, and provides tips to help you integrate the system into your workflow to improve your productivity.
Can You Lengthen Your Skills Ladder?
Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
Despite the uncertain economic times, there do seem to be potential opportunities for information professionals. Companies are concerned to build up the information architecture they will need to deal with mobile, social and cloud developments. There’s greater emphasis on compliance, big data and the monetising of information assets, and concern about the continuing risks of rapidly spreading disinformation. So, with learning new skills the top goal of respondents in a recent LinkedIn survey, perhaps now would be a good time for information professionals to do the same.
Career Development and Predictions for 2013
Monday, 24th December 2012
Information professionals are a diverse lot, so much so, you never quite know where they might by lurking! Many work for large organisations, some not so large, and many work for a variety of customers as consultants. They also wear many different hats but one thing is certain, they all need to understand the modern information landscape and this inevitably involves acquiring new skills or simply moving to a new employer. Sometimes, they even try to predict the future! Dale Moore gives an overview of career development and key technologies for 2013.
Reflecting and Reviewing: the Power of Analysing Our Actions
Tuesday, 27th November 2012
Are you feeling overwhelmed, under pressure, wishing there were more hours in the day? If you're a knowledge manager then this can certainly be the case. There can also be a tendency to focus on getting things done and starting new exciting projects rather than reflecting on what has happened previously and learning from these. So what tools and techniques are available to help knowledge managers review what they've done so that they do it better next time around?
Can Gamification Help Collaboration?
Friday, 23rd November 2012
The concept of gamification is something FreePint touched upon earlier this year, and whilst the concept hasn't changed significantly, the application of gamification is now firmly in the collaboration camp. Many individuals claim that gamification can significantly assist with collaboration projects. The question is how, and is using gaming techniques a good idea within organisations?
Distance Learning Has Arrived
Tuesday, 23rd October 2012
Many organisations of all sizes and types are considering distance learning to support their workers, members and stakeholders. Developments in technology and user behaviour in the past several years have made distance learning more effective and accepted. Organisations can take advantage of the benefits offered by distance learning to create a resilient workforce of perpetual learners.... but there are of course pitfalls to avoid.
Improving Communities of Practice through Distance Learning Principles
Monday, 22nd October 2012
Communities of practice are one of the highest-value, lowest-cost components of knowledge management, as well as sources of deep professional satisfaction for participants. As and where they already exist, they can become even more effective through thoughtful application of distance learning principles.