Ron Aspe, CEO

Ron Aspe is the founder and CEO of Lucidea, a company that actualizes his vision of offering the best and most comprehensive knowledge management solutions to clients worldwide. Since his acquisition of SydneyPLUS nearly 25 years ago, Ron has been passionate about delivering innovative tools and systems to knowledge managers and special librarians at organizations of every size and stage of growth. He is a dedicated father, avid runner and enjoys experimenting with DIY home repair.
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The Knowledge-based Content Business is Facing Digital Disruption

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 10/26/2016

Amazon and Apple have completely changed how we consume music. In less than a decade, we have gone from CDs, to downloads, to streaming. The online content industry is about to face its own tsunami of change.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management

Do the Original 5 Laws of Library Science Hold Up in a Digital World?

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 9/9/2016

A theory proposed by S.R. Ranganathan before the advent of the digital age detailed the five principles of operating a library system. Since its publication in 1931, a number of variants have been suggested—but rather than rewriting the principles, let’s examine how “The Original 5” still apply today.

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship

Don’t Let HiPPOs Define Your KM Strategy

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/30/2016

Originally Posted: 2/19/2016

A HiPPO is the “Highest Paid Person's Opinion.” Often HiPPOs are very wrong. Just ask BlackBerry and Nokia, two big name TELCOs with leaders who completely misread the smartphone market. Allowing the HiPPOs in your organization to have complete control of your KM strategy could result in similar consequences.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, HiPPOs, Leadership, Project Management

The Right Archiving Software Addresses 10 Top Challenges for the Archival Profession [Part 2 of 2]

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/25/2016
This is the second of a two-part blog post describing how the right archiving software can address H. Thomas Hickerson’s Ten Challenges for the Archival Profession. In Part 1, we covered the first five challenges, on topics such as accommodating documents generated in electronic form, supporting global access, and making holdings more accessible while expanding the audience. Read on for more archiving challenges and technological solutions.
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Topics: Archives Management

The Right Archiving Software Addresses 10 Top Challenges for the Archival Profession [Part 1 of 2]

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/23/2016

H. Thomas Hickerson, in his turn of the 21st century address to the Society of American Archivists, described “Ten Challenges for the Archival Profession”. Since his presentation, information technology has achieved significant advancements that empower archivists seeking to address these goals.

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Topics: Archives Management

10 Ways to Ensure a Robot Doesn’t Steal Your Job

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/3/2016

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) a threat to your career? Yes. But read on.

AI is likely to have an increasingly significant impact on the knowledge management profession over time. But with the right strategy, you can be assured of remaining employed in your chosen field.

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Library Management, Knowledge Management, Solo Librarianship, Content Management, KM Careers

5 Ways to Increase Museum Visitor Engagement (and Visits!) Via Your Collections Management System

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 7/26/2016

The great thing about using your Collections Management System (CMS) to increase audience awareness and drive museum traffic is that it’s easy to do and you don’t have to buy anything. What could be better than that?

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Topics: Museums, Social Media

What’s New at Lucidea Labs?

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 7/20/2016

All our software is developed on a platform we call LucideaCore, with the key advantage that enhancements made for one Lucidea product can be easily leveraged with others, keeping costs down and speeding deployment. We recently launched a project to make our software more accessible to people with disabilities. By virtue of our platform-based approach to developing KM solutions, related new capabilities will soon be incorporated into all LucideaCore products.

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Lucidea Labs, Lucidea, Archives Management

The Top Three Social Technologies for Developing Organizational Strategy

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 7/15/2016

In a June 2016 article titled The Evolution of Social Technologies, McKinsey & Company reported that the use of social technologies has evolved to include their use as tools for developing Organizational Strategy. Knowledge management (KM) professionals and librarians need to recognize this represents an opportunity for them to contribute to organizational success at the highest level.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Information Management, Social Media, Social Networks

5 Things to Do That Will Energize Your KM Career

Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 7/6/2016

Every job has its pluses and minuses. Consider dentists: great work environment, good pay and definitely needed. However, does anyone really appreciate their dentist? Same deal for doctors—and KM professionals. How does one stay excited about one’s career?

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Information Management, KM Careers

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