Compiled by Amy Affelt, Illinois Chapter, Business & Finance Division
Future Ready Toolkit
This post is from SLA’s new Future Ready Toolkit. The Toolkit was constructed by SLA members who have drawn upon substantial professional experience and alignment research to help you hone your skills in a way that is relevant and global. The toolkit is collaboration, alignment, adaptation, and community put into action.
The knowledge that we provide is correct, citable, and on-point. We deliver this knowledge on-time, in the format that the requestor finds most helpful, and either under or as close to budget as possible.
Facilitation of Good Decision-Making
We do this by gathering, organizing, and sharing high quality and highly-relevant information to ensure that the best decisions are made by our stakeholders.
Creation of a Culture of Knowledge Sharing
We do this by educating our colleagues on the best use of information sources (which are the most credible, most citable, etc.)
Creation of a Competitive Advantage
We do this by applying expert analysis to ensure that our stakeholders have the exact information they need to gain insight, understand trends, and secure an advantage over their competitors.
We go beyond “rip and ship” to inform the strategy of the organization by packaging results in such a way that sets the context for their use. The knowledge that we provide ultimately reflects and enhances the organization’s overall goals.
Trend Identification and Insight
We look for trends across all industries and consider how those trends can be applied to our own work environments. We anticipate the future by considering the present. We read the news so that our stakeholders don’t have to, and we share developments immediately with stakeholders and in convenient formats such as through mobile applications.
Our work benefits the bottom line by saving stakeholders time and money. We can conduct research more quickly and easily and achieve higher quality results than those with other job functions.
Context and Analysis for Knowledge and Results
We turn the information that we uncover into knowledge by setting the context for it as well as providing analysis of how it relates to the stakeholder’s challenge. The stakeholder uses the knowledge we provide to ensure positive outcomes for the organization.
Amy is the chair of the SLA Public Relations Advisory Council, the Alignment Ambassador for the SLA Business and Finance Division, and director of database research at CompassLexecon, an economic consultancy. She has a BA in History, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MLS from Dominican University. Amy is coordinating the Future Ready Toolkit.