Working Out Loud: Benefits for Knowledge Management

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 1/24/2019

There are many ways to nurture an organizational culture change in a knowledge-sharing environment, including embracing “Working Out Loud”. Bryce Williams defines Working Out Loud (WOL) as Observable Work (creating, modifying, and storing your work in places where others can see it, follow it, and contribute to it in process) + Narrating Your Work (writing about what you are doing in an open way for those interested to find and follow).

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Topics: Knowledge Management, KM, Strategy

To Be, or Not to Be: Virtual-Only Museums

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 1/23/2019

Since the Great Recession of 2008, museums of all types have been navigating shaky financial ground. The recession impacted museums on multiple fronts: it shrank endowments, decreased corporate and private donor giving, and depleted financial support from municipal and foundation organizations.

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Topics: Museums, Museum Collections Management, Strategy

Augmented Reality in Libraries: Technology Trends that Aren’t “Out-There” Anymore!

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 1/22/2019

Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. What you may not know is that you can implement augmented reality in libraries, archives, and museums for free in less than five minutes.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Technology

Digital Archives: How and Why to Write Digital Preservation Policy

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Posted by Margot Note on 1/21/2019

Most archives repositories find it a challenge to keep a balance between meeting the needs of their users, their administration, and their collections. The hands-on tasks involved in the daily management of ever-growing collections of digital information leave little time for conceptual planning of the digital preservation program.

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Topics: Digital Archives, Archives, Strategy

Proven Knowledge Management Methodologies

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Posted by Lucidea on 1/17/2019

In his research on promoting KM initiatives within the corporate world, author and KM expert Stan Garfield identified a number of useful knowledge management methodologies that enable colleagues to take advantage of proven practices while assessing needs and/or demonstrating the value of knowledge management within an organization.

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Topics: KM, Knowledge Management, Professional Development

Museums in Financial Trouble: Sell, Close, or Plan a Museum Merger?

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 1/16/2019

It’s no secret that since The Great Recession of 2008, museums, cultural heritage, and cultural arts organizations in the United States are still suffering financially. For each of these organization types, the expense of owning or leasing a large building, maintaining a staff, and offering compelling programs can make it difficult to survive year to year.

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Topics: Museums, Funding, Strategy

4 Ways Special Librarians Can Demonstrate Value and Impact

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 1/15/2019

Special librarians too often hide much of the true professional added value of their work. To mitigate that, I think the following activities should be added to communication with end users—either collectively or individually—so librarians can demonstrate value and impact.

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Topics: Special Librarianship, Professional Development, Strategy

Preserving Digital Archives: Choosing Which Digital Archives to Preserve

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Posted by Margot Note on 1/14/2019

Appraisal and selection for digital artifacts are similar in the broadest sense to the appraisal and selection of physical archival collections. The framework that each institution uses to guide its selection process is influenced by the scope and subjects of the collecting agencies.

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Topics: Digital Archives, Archives, Technology

10 Guidelines for Leveraging Push Communication to Promote KM Initiatives

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 1/10/2019

Timely communication is critical to successfully introduce and promote KM initiatives and keep the organization informed of progress. Develop a plan for the communications vehicles you will use and be sure to include “push” channels.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, KM, Strategy

Reimagining Museum Engagement for Younger Generations

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 1/9/2019

Over the course of the next seven years the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) will embark on a renovation of its original museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to the tune of $1 billion dollars. NASM is reported to be the most visited museum in the United States and the 3rd most visited in the world, with 8.6 million visitors through their doors in 2017 and hundreds of thousands of digital visitors who frequent NASM’s website and collection search center.

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Topics: Museums, Visitor Engagement, Strategy

Librarians and Technology #3: How to Write Software Reviews (Databases, Services Too)

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 1/8/2019

Reviewing and recommending technology, software, products, and services is integral to the evaluation process. As you evaluate new and old technology, recurring costs, and services, it’s important to consider how they fit within your mission and serve your staff and researchers.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Technology, Strategy

Digital Archives: Choosing Sustainable File Formats

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Posted by Margot Note on 1/7/2019

The sustainability of digital materials depends on standard file formats that will last for the long term. As technology changes rapidly, archivists and other information professionals need to use a narrow set of sustainable file formats to retain information between systems and programs. As new formats develop, sustainability must become part of the design process from the beginning to make the efforts of digital preservation successful.

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Topics: Digital Archives, Archives, Technology

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