Value of Information to the Organization

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is one of the major information professional organization that the information experts at Sun belong to and participate in as part of our profession. This year, SLA is going through an "Align 09", effort looking at how to express the value of the profession in the future, how to communicate that value to executives and looking at a renaming the association.

SLA hired a market research firm to collect and analyze information to guide this effort. One key thing is that explaining the value of information to an organization is difficult and the word "librarian" does not always send the message of unique value and impact as it should.

Here are a few key ways to express the value information professionals at Sun and other organizations provide to the business - it is critical!

Knowledge Sharing
Information professionals are accountable for gathering, organizing and sharing the right information for the best decisions.  Information professionals further create a culture of knowledge sharing by educating colleagues on the best use of information.

Global Networking
Through active global networking, information professionals promote  the exchange of information, innovative ideas, insights and trends.  

Competitive Advantage
Information professionals ensure organizations have the right > information, insights and trends to make good decisions and gain competitive advantage.

Bottom-line Benefits
Information professionals save organizations time and money by providing value-added intelligence that is accurate, reliable and relevant.  We deliver expert information to our organizations in a timely, accessible and convenient manner.

For more information on how the Sun information professionals provide these benefits to Sun, keep reading this external blog, Twitter, check out our various presentations on the Social Learning Exchange at Sun, and watch out for our contribution to the Sun history/museum site (coming soon) where we contributed a section called The History of Information at Sun.

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