Part Four: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—SWOT and Fish Bones

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 7/17/2018

I’ll bet you’ve done SWOT a lot. It’s a classic technique but one which benefits, I believe, from fish bone force field diagramming. It’s easy to do and, with good facilitation, mines the brains in the room quickly.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

Archives: Values to Consider During Selection for Digitization

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Posted by Margot Note on 7/16/2018

Selection practice in most archives is aimed at meeting the current needs of user communities. Criteria developed by archives to select items for digitization are based on evidential and aesthetic values, as well as informational, intrinsic, and artifactual values.

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Topics: Digital Archives

13 KM Insights for Successful Knowledge Managers

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 7/12/2018

In my latest book, Proven Practices for Promoting a Knowledge Management Program, I share a number of keys to success (Chapter 12) for KM practitioners implementing knowledge management initiatives within the corporate world.

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Topics: Professional Development, KM, Knowledge Management Software

Argus Turns a Museum’s Challenge into a Success; Carpe Diem

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Posted by Lucidea on 7/11/2018

Image: University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology

The University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology exists to “advance…understanding of artistic and cultural heritage through research, collection and interpretation. [They] further their mission by preserving, enhancing and providing access to the collections for the benefit of present and future generations.” A museum staff of 12 (including part-time and student help) manage a collection of almost 16,000 objects, with a particularly strong antiquities collection.

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Topics: Museums, Collections Management

Part Three: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—Tools to Inspire Creativity and Encourage Divergent Thinking

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 7/10/2018

In this third post in my series about interesting frameworks and tools for thinking about the value-add we can provide in our product and service design, I’ll outline three tools I use all the time—sometimes alone, and sometimes in collaboration with others.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

Archives: Digital Imaging and Resolution Recommendations

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Posted by Margot Note on 7/9/2018

Digital imaging captures all the information in photographic originals. Read on for some guidelines on making the best digitization choices, always with the ultimate usage of the images in mind.

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Topics: Digital Archives

Image Description Practices for Digital Archives Projects

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Posted by Margot Note on 7/6/2018

Formal standards, such as Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Graphic Materials, and Rules for Archival Description (RAD), have been developed over time for the description of archival materials. While descriptive standards offer consistency, archival repositories employ descriptive systems suited to their holdings, not universal access, and description continues to be idiosyncratic.

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Topics: Digital Archives, Archives, Collections Management

Part Two: Knowledge Management Networking Secrets

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 7/5/2018

You don’t have to go it alone to sell KM inside your organization. There are many avenues available that let you take advantage of outside help when you’ve run out of ideas (or steam!) and need to regroup or re-energize. These include joining and participating in KM communities, using industry analyst reports, and interviewing your peers in other organizations.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, KM Software

Part Two: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—Thinking About Thinking (Edward de Bono)

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 7/3/2018

In my previous post, I wrote about how analyzing the ways in which thinking and decision-making happen offers interesting frameworks special librarians can use to strategize about the added value we provide in our product and service design. In this post I outline one of my favourites—Dr. Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

Inmagic Presto V5.0 – Knowledge Management Software Informed by Our Clients

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Posted by Lucidea on 6/28/2018

Our latest Inmagic Presto release includes a number of exciting capabilities that enable knowledge managers to offer users an ever more visually appealing, easily navigable, personalized and efficient KM platform.

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Topics: Inmagic Presto, KM, Knowledge Management Software

5 Times LAMs Should Bring in a Consultant

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 6/27/2018

Working with collections in a library, archives, or museum (LAM) setting requires knowledgeable professionals. Through a combination of specialized education and experience gained in the field, professionals amass knowledge and skills developed for a very niche area. Most positions found within a LAM will require a high level of education and experience, but not every professional position needed can be funded.

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Topics: Museums, Archives, Collections Management

Part One: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—SWOT, 4-Squares, Fish Bones, and More

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 6/26/2018

Sometimes special librarians struggle to define the right level of value-added service to deliver. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and considering what are the most important frameworks and ways to add value.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, User Engagement

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