Knowledge Management for Success: Reuse Proven Practices

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 4/19/2018

As part of the research for my current book, Proven Practices for Promoting a Knowledge Management Program, I interviewed widely recognized KM leaders to get their take on the secrets to successful KM strategy development and implementation. One of these leaders is with Microsoft.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, Marketing, KM

Top 4 Funding Ideas for Museums

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 4/18/2018

In my work as a museum, library, and archives consultant, I’ve had a great amount of exposure to the fundraising world. Money is so often needed in order to meet museum missions, and grants are often a popular way to secure funding. Through my role as a grant writer and reviewer, I’ve decoded the top four museum funding ideas that are often well received by granting agencies.

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Topics: Museums, Funding

SydneyEnterprise is the Law Firm Library Efficiency Engine

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Posted by Lucidea on 4/17/2018

Duane Morris LLP is a Philadelphia-based law firm with more than 800 attorneys in 28 offices, practicing in the U.S., U.K. and Asia. The firm serves a broad array of clients worldwide and provides innovative solutions to legal and business challenges.

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Topics: Integrated Library Systems, Special Libraries, ILS

Why Digital Archives Expand Access and Awareness

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Posted by Margot Note on 4/16/2018

I was once the director of an archival collection related to historical buildings around the world. From Babylon to Bauhaus, the collection held just about every amazing world monument you could think of and documented state-of-the-art historic preservation techniques. Here was my challenge: the archives was institutional with no public access, and I was a “lone arranger” in charge of all aspects of archival management at the organization. How could I share these treasures?

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Topics: Archives Management, Digital Archives

How to Turn Searching into Discovery

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Posted by Lucidea on 4/12/2018

What actually motivates users of a knowledge management system? It’s the feeling we get at the moment of discovery. Yes, we need the information we are seeking, but it’s the buzz we get when we find it that keeps us engaged. And if we get the hit we’re looking for, we’ll come back—guaranteed.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, KM, User Engagement

Special Libraries and Evidence Based Decision Making

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 4/10/2018

Pilots can’t fly unless they have instruments that tell them what the plane is doing at all times, and where it’s heading. Library professionals need instruments too, in order to assess whether the products and services they are providing are valued, and to understand what additional products and services might be needed. Read about 4 tools that will help you maintain your situational awareness.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Special Libraries Management, Strategy

Solutions to Common Law Firm KM Challenges

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Posted by Lucidea on 4/5/2018

Midsized law firms face unique challenges when it comes to knowledge management. As large multinational firms must, they need to provide a solid KM foundation, protect and leverage the firm’s knowledge assets, and utilize the best technology for the firm’s KM requirements—but unlike their larger brethren, midsized firms are often resource constrained. What does KM success look like for midsized firms, and how can you get there too?

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Topics: Knowledge Management, LawPort, KM, Legal Portal Software, Law Firms

How to Leverage Jargon, and Why It’s Important

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Posted by Sarah Nichols on 4/3/2018

Every organization has its own particular vocabulary. It’s usually drawn from sector-specific parlance, with special additions that signify “belonging” and serve as shorthand for everyone in the know.

Below are some thoughts about the importance of speaking the language of your senior management and of your organization as a whole.

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KM Programs: Implement, Improve, and Iterate

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 3/29/2018

Knowledge management programs can use a wide variety of people, process, and technology components. It’s important for KM program leaders to gain direct experience with as many of these components as possible, to evaluate their possible application, and to lead the way in implementing new ones to fill current and future needs.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, KM Strategy, KM

Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Google Home, AR, AI, Machine Learning and the Special Librarian

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 3/28/2018

Are we ready for this? Sometimes a new technology simmers for years and then just seems to explode into the present. There are a few things cresting now in the consumer and business markets that we need to pay attention to.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Library Management, Applied Technology

Part Two: Why Content + Connection = KM 3.0

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Posted by Lucidea on 3/22/2018

In our previous post on the changing habits of information consumers and the changing role of information professionals as part of the knowledge supply chain, we shared examples of increasing complexity, underpinned by technology and changes in personal preference. In this post, let’s take a look at the third paradigm (KM 3.0) and see what it means for the sustainability and relevance of knowledge managers and special librarians.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, KM

Part Three: Building Your KM Nest – 5 More Strategies for Special Librarians

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 3/20/2018

In Part One of this series, we reframed knowledge management strategies in the context of strategies for improving the health of the knowledge ecology. We’re using the metaphor of building a nest (sometimes referred to as an intranet) where our eggs can hatch and ideas grow, and decisions improve in quality. In Part Two we explored five strategies, tactics and frameworks for accomplishing this. Now, in the final post of this three-part series, we offer an additional five strategies.

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Topics: Professional Development, Library Strategy, Innovation, Special Librarianship

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