Adding value: Which of these are you most like?
Passing along an excerpt about the role of the information professional from Mary Ellen Bates, entitled “Are You a Supermarket or a Personal Chef?”
… we now need to also provide analysis of the information; an executive summary that addresses and meets the client’s needs; and charts, graphs, PowerPoint slides or whatever it takes to make the information as “actionable” as possible.
A good analogy is to compare a local grocery store and a personal chef. If you are hungry, either one will ensure that you don’t starve. At the grocery store, the store manager has carefully selected products that are of good quality, and has put them out in nice displays. You go through the aisles, gather what you need, take it home, and make dinner. If you hadn’t had that grocery store, you would have gone to a restaurant (from fast food to high-end). But the ideal choice would be having a personal chef, who handles all the meal planning and preparation, makes sure you get healthy and delicious food, and knows that you have a weakness for dark chocolate truffles.
Read the entire essay here.