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Friday, November 29, 2013

Can, Should, and Will... Because What Libraries Need Is One More

Can, Should, and Will, Part 1: Because What Libraries Need Is One More Venn Diagram | Peer to Peer Review, By   Library Journal

Thursday, November 28, 2013

User Experience Librarian is more about outside of the library walls

The position (with many variants, including: emerging technology librarian' embedded librarian; Electronic Access and User Experience Librarian, Public Services-User Experience Librarian III / Instructor in the Library; Assessment and User Experience Librarian, USER EXPERIENCE REFERENCE LIBRARIAN AND WEBMASTER; Digital User Experience Librarian);  is more about analytics (metrics) and user experiences, than librarianship in any traditional sense of the term.

Examples of the job descriptions are here:
  • Knowledge and understanding of best practices, current issues and trends in assessment and usability [job ad at University of Manitoba Libraries]
  • Knowledge of metadata coding standards. Experience with library catalogue end users and/or end users of electronic resources... Website design and maintenance experience. [job ad at Nova Scotia Provincial Library]
  • basic knowledge ofMARC; experience with one or more Library enterprise systems suchas library management systems (Symphony, Aleph, Endeavor),discovery interfaces (Ebsco Discovery Services, Summon, Primo),search technologies (Solr, Elasticsearch), course managementsoftware (Sakai, Canvas, BlackBoard) [job ad for Discovery User Experience Librarian at Indiana University ]
  • will coordinate usability assessment fo

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thought for the day: Don't worry about your competition

Chapter Six:  Don't Worry about Your Competition (Let Them Worry about You)
 in  Professional Services Marketing: How the Best Firms Build Premier Brands, Thriving Lead Generation Engines, and Cultures of Business Development Success by Mike Schultz

Topics from Chapter 6 (pp. 69-77) "...  These mistakes are understandable, but they're still mistakes...."
  • Mistake 1: Over-the-Top Competitive Research
  • Mistake 2: Market and Service Offering Reluctance
  • Mistake 3: Clich├ęd Competitive Differentiation
  • Mistake 4: Unique Methodology
  • Forget General Marketing Advice
  • Don't Worry about Crowded Markets
  • Change the Question from Competition to Clients
  • When Competition Is the Order of the Day

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Resources for Canadian Stock Investors -- Websites

Info courtesy:  Stock Investing For Canadians For Dummies  Andrew Dagys  and  Paul Mladjenovic (4th edition, 2013)

Book Description

Master the basics of stock investing? Easy.If you want to learn how to profitably invest in stocks, this is the book for you. This updated new edition of Stock Investing For Canadians For Dummies offers straight answers and simple advice for any Canadian who wants to take control of his or her portfolio. With practical guidance on making wise investments in any market—even today's uncertain one—this plain-English guide covers unique investment segments, how to invest in different market situations, and real and recent examples on what to invest in and when. With fully updated references and resources, this is the perfect stock investing guide for beginners.
  • Updated to include the latest information on the current stock market, as well as fresh case studies
  • Written by expert authors—one an accountant and the other a certified financial planner and investing consultant
  • Ideal for novice investors and those planning for retirement
 Websites (pp. 329-330):
  • Advocis - Official Site  "Commit to your profession. Find out what Advocis's proposed Professions Model would mean for both financial advisors and consumers in Canada."
  • Financial Advisor Pages   "If you are looking for a financial advisor, investment advisor or financial planner, you will find F/A Pages a valuable resource"
  • Investment Management Consultants Association | IMCA  "Investment Management Consultants Association delivers the premier investment consulting and wealth management designations and world-class educational offerings"
  •   "Offers Canadians information in the areas of retirement, estate, tax and investment planning."
  • Investing for Beginners
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

8 classic search engines: Where are they now? TORONTOSUN.COM

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Competitive Intelligence is an art of science or none-of-the-above?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Should Google Be Forced To Filter Search Results? Semantic Search techniques revisited

By Chris Crum · November 7, 2013
"One man is currently trying to get his damaging content out of Google, and not just removed, but filtered as it’s created. A French court has sided with him, and ordered Google to comply. 
... Interestingly enough, this comes after Google adjusted its algorithm on its own to prevent mug shot sites’ content from ranking in search results, which could help protect the reputations of some people.
In another case in June, a European court said Google didn’t have to remove search results when a Spanish man sought for it to remove reputation-damaging materials." continue reading
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Friday, November 08, 2013

'Determining competitors’ capabilities' in Business Plans For Canadians For Dummies

Here are some of my comments about the book and extracts from the book, Business Plans For Canadians For Dummies 
  • Nada Wagner
  • Paul Tiffany,  
  • Steven D. Peterson.
  • Overview of the book:Build a winning business plan with expert tips and strategies
    • Creating a great business plan is the first and most vital step to business success. Packed with Canadian resources and anecdotes, this friendly guide takes you through the planning process. From scoping out the competition to planning for growth, this book is your ultimate reference for determining and meeting your business goals.
    • Business essentials — from creating your company's mission statement to setting goals and objectives
    • Competitive analysis — from analyzing your industry to tracking your competitors' actions
    • Market research — from identifying your market to meeting your customers' needs
    • Financial information — from reading income statements to understanding balance sheets
  • You must read the full book to get a real feel of the do's and do it now type of 
  • competitive intelligence, esp., Chapter 8: Checking Out Your Competition.

    This book is very good for the Canadian business planners. Its content is excellent reading and refreshing, with many ideas / resources that are so really informing and Canadian, eh!!! This is the strength. And, hence reading the following extracts (although generic and good for a business anywhere), gives an opportunity to feel the depth and breadth of the book.
    Sample from the book from the section 'Determining competitors’ capabilities' in Chapter Eight (pp. 134-135):
    "You need to ask the same kinds of questions about your competitors that you ask yourself when you complete a company checkup... ""The capabilities that you're most interested in tell you something about your competitors' ability to react when your industry changes.""To determine your competitors' capabilities, start with this list of important business functions and areas..." 
    "The following questions should get you going...:

    • Management: What do you know about the background and experience of the company's chief bigwigs...
    • Organization: How structured and centralized is the company's organization?...
    • Customer base: What's the company's share of the market?...
    • Research and development: Is the company known for innovation technology and its intellectual property?...
    • Operations: How modern are the company's facilities and business processes?...
    • Marketing and sales: How strong are the company's  products?
    • Distribution and delivery: How many distribution channels does the company sell through?
    • Financial condition: Is the company's revenue growing?... " (pp. 134-135)
    The last question, about finances (read also as: revenues) of the competitors, is one major area that is difficult to dig. So also the portion on essential/required research about customer (pp. 90-94) and market (pp. 104-105) are very insufficient for gathering the competitive intelligence. Whereas a value added book, at least for the information professionals is: Bates, Mary Ellen. Building & running a successful research business: a guide for the independent information professional:
    From my desk:

  • Saturday, November 02, 2013

    Knowledge management sources - How to find @ McGill Library

     McGill Library, Liaison Librarian: Maya Kucij

    Use the basic word(s) anywhere or advanced keyword search in the library catalogue. You can search using words like - information, reference, librar?, etc.

    Search tips

    Truncation symbol:?e.g. librar? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words library, libraries, librarian, etc.
    Phrase searching:"___"e.g. "knowledge management" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase (both words side by side in the order entered) knowledge management
    Boolean operators:(), AND, OR, NOT
    default: AND
    e.g. management AND (Canada OR "United States") will retrieve catalogue records containing the word management AND either Canada OR the phraseUnited States

    Friday, November 01, 2013

    Top Seven SharePoint document scanning best practices

    By Nalaka Withanage,

    1. Define a metadata extraction Strategy
    2. Define content search criteria first and work backwards.
    3. Get your SharePoint content type design right
    4. Centralise the routing and business rules
    5. Configure the SharePoint Site collection as DRM site
    6. Do your capacity planning and container design right
    7.  Select a OCR scanning software solution that has seamless integration with SharePoint


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