Description

Information Consulting presents a closer look at what makes information consultants successful and how they develop a productive relationship with their clients. While most of the books on this subject area are providing the experiences of information consulting veterans on ‘how do you really do it?’, the aim of this book is focused on exploring the nature of information management consulting. This includes the task of the advice-and-guidance variety, such as helping clients to analyze and solve problems or to meet opportunities with the element of ‘What should I do?’. The authors have used their extensive international and professional networks to take the challenge of letting the clients speak about their experiences and expectations in hiring information consultants.

Key Features

  • Unique client perspective: managers and clients talk about their motivation, experiences and advice in the utilization of information consultants in recent case studies conducted by authors
  • Current information and guidance based on the authors’ wide-ranging practical experiences and empirical data (through interviews and questionnaires) collected from several countries
  • ‘top five’ list of consultants´ qualities is presented

Readership

Practitioners and students in LIS studies and MA programs at business schools, with reference to the new curricula of the academic institutions and the general business practices; Continuing Professional Education for various groups of professionals

Table of Contents

List of figure and tables

Foreword

About the authors

Chapter 1: What is information consulting?

Abstract:

An information professional: to be or not to be1

The possible roles: the demands on which information consultants reflect

Consulting encompasses a wide range of roles and activities

Chapter 2: Advantages: why information consulting might appeal to you

Abstract:

Sense of control over one’s time

Sense of reward from helping clients

Satisfaction from leveraging one’s experience

Freedom from corporate politics

Freedom to ‘pick and choose’

No ceilings on your earnings

Chapter 2 checklist

Chapter 3: Challenges: realities to consider

Abstract:

Uncertainty and anxiety

Uneven workloads

Need for flexibility and being available

‘Difficult’ clients

Proposed location

Finances: are the necessary resources in place?

Can you tolerate a slow ramp-up? Should you work part time or subcontract?

The degree is only the beginning

Are you a consulting personality?

Qualities that may trip you up

Chapter 3 checklist

Chapter 4: The starting point: make a business plan

Abstract:

General company description

Products and services, their features and benefits

Economics

Product

Clients

The outlook for the targeted business sector

Competition

Promotion

Pricing

Distribution channels

Sales forecast

Identifying costs, funding and fees

Start-up expenses

Credit policies

Chapter 4 checklist

Chapter 5: The legal environment

Abstract:

Liability

Intellectual property and copyright

Ethics and quality

Code of Professional Conduct for the Information C

Details

No. of pages:
216
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
Electronic ISBN:
9781780632858
Print ISBN:
9781843346623

About the authors

Irene Wormell

Irene Wormell is a Professor of Information Management in Denmark and Sweden. She has undertaken research and consultancy with a wide range of organizations globally and is part of an extensive international professional network. During 1982-2008 she acted also as consultant in her own company Informatiker Konsult AB in Sweden. Currently she is working in association with the Danish trend analytical bureau Firstmove A/S in Copenhagen.

Annie Olesen

Annie Joan Olesen, is a Director at A9 Consulting in Denmark and leader of the Ability Europe Ltd., Denmark Branch. She is an experienced consultant with a track record of high quality research and deliverables in national, international and EU engagements. With a focus on preparation, presentation and management of numerous international, national and regional projects with a particular strength of accessing a core network of experts having an excellent knowledge of the PSI market across the EU.

Gábor Mikulás

Gábor Mikulás is a Director at GM Consulting in Hungary. He has many years experience in working as information broker and consultant. Mikulás is President of the Association of Hungarian Information Brokers (MIBE) and Publisher of the KIT Hírlevél (Library - Information - Society Newsletter), a free weekly electronic paper for information and library professionals.

Reviews

The authors have extensive backgrounds in information consulting and draw upon both their knowledge and experience in this work., The Australian Library Journal
I found the handbook to be a useful guide for and would recommend it to all potential information consultants., The Australian Library Journal