5 steps to better stakeholder management

21 February 2017

1.  Identify the stakeholders who will help you fulfil your goals

Who are the influencers and key players who can help you get things done, and who can prevent plans from being realised?

How are you supporting the … More

15 ways to connect with your users and colleagues

17 January 2017

135380914If you want to share a new idea, update a colleague on progress or address a user issue, some of these tactics might help in your communication. They have been acquired from leadership courses and training along … More

6 diagrams for academic library development

14 September 2016

bullseyejpgIf you are exploring a new idea, a common issue, or mapping out the core activities for the year, diagrams can help in your communication either during the process or as a final output.

Here are a … More

40 academic library research support trends

15 June 2016


Twice a year I look at over 100 academic research institutions – mostly universities – and their research support offers. If you are thinking of expanding and/or improving on your current service offer, it can be useful to benchmark against More

Over 70 Open Science university stakeholders

19 May 2016

Binary codeYou can help develop or implement your Open Access or Open Science policy and achieve faster cultural change within your institution by engaging more with certain stakeholders.

Find a mind map listing a variety of research performing organisation More

Over 50 ways for libraries to increase the visibility of its researchers

13 April 2016

iStock_000010506039Medium_WorldAcademic libraries have been focussing their efforts for some time now on helping increase the visibility of the work of its researchers and its institutions.

Libraries are doing this through scholarly communication activities, including publishing; by helping improve the academic profile online through social media and academic … More

12 tools for an academic library strategy

17 February 2016

set of tools in tool box on a wooden backgroundThis academic library strategy toolbox includes outputs that will help bring even more focus and structure to pinpoint your library’s priorities in the years ahead. 

They may help you gain more insight into a specific area, or highlight where you need to make strategic decisions be this for … More

20 project management tips for libraries

13 January 2016

95885404The start of the year often sees the implementation of strategy in a bigger way. In this context, I will share 20 project management (PM) tips based on lessons learnt from my 20 years of managing international and … More

The Twelve Days of Open Xmas

16 December 2015

Holly015For some fun at Christmas, and linking to all things Open Science / Open Scholarship, here is my version of this classic Christmas song / carol: The Twelve Days of Christmas.

The 12 days of OPEN Xmas,… More

22 ways to help you implement your library plans

19 August 2015
  1. Proud2KnowCoveyMatrixUse a stakeholder analysis to see who could help you implement parts of the project, programme or service development that local staff cannot. Consider the roles and responsibilities of a new initiative together with your key stakeholders. Who might

15 inspirational library quotes for the summer

13 July 2015

Victor_Hugo_by_Étienne_Carjat_1876_-_fullHere are a few inspirational quotes for the summer holidays from both library leaders and the famous.

  1. “A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.” Germaine Greer
  2. “An original idea. That