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The 9 mistakes you don’t know you’re making as a new manager

The 9 mistakes you don’t know you’re making as a new manager

The 9 mistakes you don’t know you’re making as a new manager


Mistake #1:  You think building trust is about team-building.

Mistake #2: You think your team members generally know what’s going on.

Mistake #3:  You believe being busy as a leader is good.

Mistake #4:  You sort-of prepare for your one-on-one meetings (when you have the time).

Mistake #5:  You try to solve the problem yourself, because you’re the domain expert.

Mistake #6:  You think transparency all the time is good.

Mistake #7:  You think you communicate the vision in your team well.

Mistake #8: You think you’re giving enough feedback. 

Mistake #9: You’re nice. 




Posted on: May 8, 2019, 6:39 am Category: Uncategorized

AALL Publishes Inaugural State of the Profession Report

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Publishes Inaugural State of the Profession Report

“From AALL:

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) today releases its AALL State of the Profession 2019, a data-driven exploration of current legal information professionals’ contributions. It covers research platform expertise, contract and vendor negotiation, AI development and implementation, metadata management, legal writing and research instruction, competitive intelligence, customer and client relations, and leadership. The report provides quantitative insights on user services, technology services, operations, budgets, and partnerships. Additionally, the report features an inventory of expertise—including current skills held by law librarians and competencies for library and law school graduates.

The report is the first of its kind from AALL—a leading voice in the legal information field. “We are pleased to release the AALL State of the Profession 2019. It captures the ways in which law librarians use their adaptability, ingenuity, and dedication to make their organizations smarter,” said AALL President Femi Cadmus. “In addition, it’s a valuable tool for benchmarking legal information services and strategically planning for the future for law firms, law schools, government agencies, and corporations alike.”

This report is the culmination of the State of the Profession Advisory Group’s work. The group created a survey for each main law library type—academic, government, and firm/corporate—in the legal information community. The surveys were sent in November 2018. A total of 883 responses were received.

The complimentary AALL State of the Profession 2019 Snapshot provides an introduction to the full report.

The AALL State of the Profession 2019 is available in print and digital formats. Purchases of the full report are available through AALL’s website.

Direct to AALL State of the Profession 2019 Snapshot
6 pages; PDF.

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Law Libraries Chart a New Direction for the Future, New Report Shows (via ABA Journal)



Posted on: May 7, 2019, 6:34 am Category: Uncategorized

Business Management: What It Is, How To Apply And Benefits

Business Management: What It Is, How To Apply And Benefits


Good business management is paramount for a business to remain competitive in the
market. After all, it is an important tool for the constant improvement of company
processes, for creating a healthy working environment and for achieving a satisfactory
performance.But business management involves several challenges in the manager's daily
life.There are many problems in sight and few hands to solve.There are many decisions
ahead and few certainties on the horizon.The manager is required in a series of skills and
abilities that often do not possess but can develop.So the more tools, techniques, and
models you meet, the better you can play your part.In the next few lines, we gather
important insights and tips for your journey.You will know what is business
management, the benefits of it and how to do to be successful in the daily challenges in a
company.If you want to take control of the organization to a higher level, visit

What is business management?

These strategies involve, mainly, three great resources of the company: people, structure
and finances.Business management follows the logic of constant improvement: you have
to evaluate the business ratios to create strategies that can improve them.Thus, all actions
related to company strategy go into management, including delegating tasks to
employees, structuring processes, sales plan and customer satisfaction, for example.Peter
Drucker , known as the father of modern administration, says is
especially risky because few so-called entrepreneurs know what they are doing. They do
not have the methodology. The methodology, in this case, is the type of business
management that you adopt in your company .

How important is business management?

Improving business management is essential to maintaining an active and healthy
business.The Business Management Guide of the Brazilian Micro and Small Business
Support Service (Sebrae) teaches that in order to understand the importance of
management, one must think of the company as a living being. Just as the human organism consists of systems such as the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems,which need to function harmoniously, the company also needs to be understood with the
view that a problem tissue can compromise the entire enterprise points out the document.

And this is only possible through business management.Without it, it is virtually
impossible to survive in a competitive marketplace as your company can stand behind the
competition.Imagine touching a business by ignoring data measurement, goal analysis,
action planning, and billing for results.Or lead a team without the proper definition of
positions and tasks, without recording activities, without recognizing performance,
without offering feedback …In the age of human capital, such a company can not even
hold back the best professionals.That is, the importance of business management is total.
What are the benefits of business management?

Business management brings benefits to different aspects of the business: processes,
staff, results and even customer perception .One of the main gains is that management
allows to create well-defined processes in the company from an organized and optimized
production routine.When this occurs, the direct consequence is increased productivity
among the team.Often, the fluidity of company processes, constantly improved through
management strategies, also have a positive impact on the work environment .Enterprise
management allows us to deal with the strengths and weaknesses of the company and
with the threats and opportunities of the market – as well as the SWOT Matrix .The
benefit of this is the permanent evolution of the business and the gain of competitiveness
before the competitors.Finally, this whole process guarantees better deliveries to the
customer, either of a product or of a service, increasing the perception of value that he
has of the company With so many benefits, one statement is certain: business
management can never stay in the background.

How can I apply it to my business?

Check out the four steps to applying business management in your business:

1. Know the reality of your company

For good management, the first step is to get to know the company deeply, making a
complete diagnosis of all its processes.This makes it possible to find the points that need improvement and, therefore, should be priorities in management.For this mapping, SWOT analysis is an effective and relatively simple tool that you can apply in your day-
to-day manager.

2. Map the market and measure the hazards

If you are not into what is happening in the market, how to apply the most efficient and
innovative practices in your company?Keeping an eye on the tools, solutions and
strategies used by competitors is essential for a broader look at your own business.
But stay tuned: it is also from the assessment of the market that you will perceive dangers
to your business.This ranges from the competitive differential of a company competing to
market crises in which you operate, for example.Therefore, measuring these hazards is a
way to stay on guard against external factors and to create intelligent solutions.

3. Maintain a good working environment.

A healthy work environment is paramount for professionals to feel motivated and
engaged not only in teamwork but also in company goals.Business management also
involves people management.Therefore, the manager should always think of strategies to
facilitate communication among employees, resolve conflicts and maintain a good
relationship in the work environment.

4. Disclose your product on the market and keep the information current

Are you advertising your product on the market and attracting customers to your
company? It may be that you have good management within the company, but if you do
not disclose it in the market, it’s no use.Therefore, management must include a good
dissemination strategy that currently includes digital marketing.If you do not understand
the subject, it is always worth hiring a specialized professional to integrate the company
team.Allied to this, you need to keep your business information up to date so that it has
enough data to analyze performance.In this case, the tip is to invest in a management
system, an ERP, that integrates the company’s data and keeps them safe.

Posted on: May 7, 2019, 6:16 am Category: Uncategorized

41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds

41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds

41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds



Posted on: May 6, 2019, 6:13 am Category: Uncategorized

How Canadian Readers Discover and Obtain Books, New Data From BookNet Canada Leisure Study

How Canadian Readers Discover and Obtain Books, New Data From BookNet Canada Leisure Study

“From a BookNet Canada Blog Post by :

Who are this year’s readers? The majority of readers surveyed identify as female, are partnered, are parents, and work full-time with a household income between $25,000 and $50,000. Most readers live in cities or urban areas (48%), followed by suburban areas (32%).

Over half of all readers have at least one child (53%) and 37% have children living at home. Adults living with partners make up 29% of readers, while 19% live alone, 8% live with a roommate(s), and 7% are empty nesters.

Almost a quarter of readers are between 25 and 34 years old (23%), closely followed by the 35- to 44-year-old age bracket (22%), and those 55 to 64 years old (20%).


How Canadian Readers Acquire Books

Where do readers acquire most of their books? Does it differ depending on the book format? Short answer: Yes.

Longer answer: Readers mostly acquire print books from the library (27%), physical bookstores (21%), or an online retailer (18%). They also get books from “someone else” (16%) — maybe family, friends, or that coworker who keeps pushing A Game of Thrones on everyone.

Readers mostly acquire ebooks from an online retailer or app (36%), from a website offering free downloads (24%), the library (21%), or a subscription service (12%).

For audiobooks, readers mostly acquire them from the library (24%), a subscription service (22%), a website offering free downloads (18%), or an online retailer (11%).

Read the Complete Blog Post
Including data (and infographic) on how Canadians discovery books (by format). 

See Also: Canadians and Their Leisure Time: Leisure Study Part 1


Posted on: May 5, 2019, 6:30 am Category: Uncategorized

HBR: 5 Myths About Strategy

5 Myths About Strategy

Myth 1: Strategy is about the long-term

Myth 2: Disruptors change strategy all the time

Myth 3: Competitive advantage is dead

Myth 4: You don’t really need a strategy; you just need to be agile

Myth 5: You need a digital strategy


Posted on: May 4, 2019, 6:25 am Category: Uncategorized

Ithaka S+R Publishes Results of US Faculty Survey 2018

Ithaka S+R Publishes Results of US Faculty Survey 2018

“From the Introduction and Executive Summary of the Report:

The Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey has tracked the changing research, teaching, and publishing practices of higher education faculty members on a triennial basis since 2000. Our aim in this project is to provide actionable findings and analysis to help colleges and universities as well as relevant support services, such as academic libraries, learned societies, and scholarly publishers, plan for the future.

In this seventh triennial cycle, we surveyed a random sample of faculty within the United States on topics from previous cycles, including information discovery and access, data management, research dissemination, perceptions of student research skills, and the value of the library. We also added new questions on emerging topics of interest, including open educational resources, learning analytics, and evolving scholarly communication models. Given the levels of response to the survey, findings can be analyzed by discipline, institution type, and other important demographic characteristics. The key findings below highlight many of the most notable results from the 2018 US Faculty Survey

Executive Summary of Key Findings

Discovery starting points are shifting towards Google Scholar and other general search engines. While specific scholarly databases remain the most frequent starting point for research, faculty are increasingly beginning their exploration of scholarly literature with Google Scholar and other general-purpose search engines.

  • Faculty members increasingly prefer to manage and preserve their data using cloud-based storage services. Since the previous cycle of the survey, a greater share of faculty report use of cloud-based storage services, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Flickr, to organize, manage, and preserve their research data, media, or images. Faculty also report file hosting services, such as Box and Dropbox, as the most valuable source of support for managing and preserving these data compared to other sources.

  • While faculty are increasingly interested in an open access publication model, traditional scholarly incentives continue to motivate their decision-making. Approximately two-thirds of respondents in this survey cycle indicated they would be happy to see the traditional subscription-based publication model replaced entirely by an open access system, which represents a greater share of respondents compared to the previous survey cycle. However, only four in ten faculty indicate open access characteristics of journals as highly influential in publication decisions.

  • There is substantial interest in use of open educational resources for instructional practices, particularly from younger faculty members. About six in ten respondents are very interested in using open educational resources (OER), and roughly half strongly agreed that they would like to adopt new instructional approaches with OER.

  • Faculty are skeptical about the value of using learning analytics tools. While faculty who have used learning analytics tools are more likely to agree that these tools could make a substantial impact on their teaching practices and outcomes, survey respondents across the board do not hold especially positive views of these tools.

  • The role of the library in archiving materials is increasingly important. While faculty maintain that the library’s most important function is as the buyer of resources they need, they are finding the library’s ability to serve as a repository of resources increasingly important.

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70 pages.

See Also: Previous Edition of US Faculty Survey (2015)


Posted on: May 3, 2019, 6:53 am Category: Uncategorized