KM: 10 Elements of Effective Knowledge Ecosystems

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Posted by Lucidea on 2/14/2019

In their interesting blog post, 10 Tips for Creating a Knowledge Ecosystem in your Organization, a group of Wiley publication editors shared their insights on effective KM practices. As a result of seeking a “better understanding of how knowledge is constructed and how it is connected to prior learning”, they compiled a list of ten knowledge ecosystem elements.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, User Engagement

How to Evaluate a Museum Digital Collection

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 2/13/2019

For many of the museums I’ve worked in (and with, as a consultant), the development of digital collections was haphazard. The evolution of museum collections management software, digitization technology, and issues such as digital preservation and storage have all contributed to an uneven approach to publishing digital collections online.

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Topics: Museums, Collections Management, User Engagement

Predictions for Social Media in Libraries: Technology Trends that Aren’t “Out-There” Anymore!

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 2/12/2019

Social media is not a static creature. As we have seen, it is a powerful force for both good and bad. And it’s just a toddler now. What is coming up? There are quite a few trends in social media that can be used in special libraries to promote services and products.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Professional Development, Technology

Stakeholder Management in Archival Projects

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Posted by Margot Note on 2/11/2019

People are fundamental to every aspect of an archival project. They commission projects, provide resources, support (or challenge) projects, and produce results. People deliver projects as managers and team members, and others influence projects as sponsors and archival project stakeholders. How people behave and feel about the project influences its success.

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Topics: Archives, Professional Development, Strategy

Knowledge Management Best Practices: Reuse What’s Worked

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Posted by Lucidea on 2/7/2019
Over the course of his career, knowledge management expert Stan Garfield has worked with, observed, and interviewed KM leaders to shine a light on proven knowledge management best practices from successful implementations.
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Topics: Knowledge Management, KM, Strategy

The Importance of Sustainable Museum Cataloging & How to Achieve It

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 2/6/2019
I imagine cataloging efforts in the 19 th and early 20 th century to be akin to the Wild West. The people of the West may have had good intentions and some basic principles in place, but each town governed themselves differently, and the few rules in place were loosely adhered to.
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Topics: Museum Collections Management, Strategy

Machine-based Learning in Special Libraries: Tech Trends that Aren’t “Out-There” Anymore!

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 2/5/2019

We’ve all heard of IBM’s Watson. Whether winning at Jeopardy or diagnosing medical conditions, it shows great potential and already has proven itself as a partner for humans. Honestly, I believe that it’ll do nothing but grow and develop as a learning machine. Machine-based learning in special libraries is an interesting area to explore.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Technology

Developing Leadership Skills with Archival Projects

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Posted by Margot Note on 2/4/2019

Project managers are expected to be both good managers and leaders. Leadership is one of the most critical competencies a project manager must have. Leadership in archival projects is demonstrated through setting the vision for the project and supporting strategy, and creating a shared vision with the team. Archival leaders create an environment that encourages the best in team members, allowing them to develop and learn.

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Topics: Digital Archives, Professional Development, Archives

Increasing User Adoption of Knowledge Management Tools and Technology

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Posted by Lucidea on 1/31/2019

In Neil Olonoff’s excellent post “Knowledge Management Tools That Aren’t Tools,” he takes us back to the basic purpose and definition of a tool: something that is supposed to make work easier. It’s easy to agree with that, yet there are so many knowledge management tools that seem to complicate matters, and make work harder. And there in a nutshell is the biggest barrier to user adoption.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Technology

3 Things to Look for When Choosing a Museum Collections Management System

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 1/30/2019

Many of the companies known for Museum Collection Management Systems (CMS) were founded in the late-1970s through the 1980s. Collections management system usage became common among museums in the 1990s with wide-spread implementation occurring by the 2000s. Early adopters have likely seen the migration from at least one CMS to another.

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Topics: Museum Collections Management Software, Strategy

Librarians and Technology #4: Troubleshooting Steps for Librarians

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 1/29/2019

Troubleshooting and testing follows evaluating, reviewing, and recommending technology. Troubleshooting is similar to beta-testing in that you are putting the software or database through its paces to see how it responds.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Technology, Professional Development

Characteristics of Effective Archival Project Managers

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Posted by Margot Note on 1/28/2019

Project managers for archival projects have a wide variety of responsibilities. They oversee activities, serve as liaisons between departments, and facilitate meetings. They hire staff, attend professional development activities, and review instructional materials. This post covers characteristics of effective archival project managers.

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Topics: Archives, Professional Development, Strategy

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