How (and Why) My Favorite Brick and Mortar Bookstore Continues to Thrive

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 11/30/2017

Frequent travelers through San Francisco’s airport who love to read have probably stopped in at Compass Books in Terminal 3. The quality and range of their selection always impresses me, as do the knowledgeable staff. Recently, when SFO underwent significant renovations, I feared the store had closed—another victim of the digital age.

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Topics: Information Management, Library Management, User Engagement, Marketing, Management

Curation: Buzzword or What?

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 8/29/2017

One of the most popular buzzwords in library-land at the moment is ‘curation’. It’s used to describe anything from old-fashioned collection development to human filtering activities on social media like Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and blogs. The word ‘curator’ gets used too liberally to describe the stuff people do on the web and, in my humble option, dilutes and pollutes the professional things that librarians do.

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Topics: Library Management, Information Management, Integrated Library Systems, Management

SharePoint, SQL and Online Dating

3 minute read
Posted by Phil Green on 7/25/2017

I am often asked “What do I tell IT when they want to replace an existing Lucidea solution with one they promise to build in SharePoint?” Well, there are many advantages with our Lucidea solutions, but here I’d like to share one simple but very powerful differentiator: date handling and date searching. Once you’ve read this, you’ll have a thought-provoking response for IT!

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Knowledge Management Systems, Inmagic Presto, Information Management, Integrated Library Systems, Library Management, SydneyEnterprise, GeniePlus, Argus, Management

Effective Knowledge Managers—Do You Recognize These Traits?

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 5/30/2017

During my career as a KM practitioner, I developed a profile of the most effective knowledge managers. It’s included in my upcoming book on promoting knowledge management initiatives within the corporate world.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Knowledge Management Systems, Inmagic Presto, Library Management, Information Management, Integrated Library Systems, Management

Ben Franklin and The False Economy

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Posted by Lucidea on 9/1/2016

Originally Posted 1/12/2016

Benjamin Franklin, the founder of America’s first lending library, wrote: “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” We think Mr. Franklin would likely agree that discount ILS platforms often don’t provide the long term quality (i.e. value) that financially savvy and strategic library leaders must require.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Information Management

The Top Three Social Technologies for Developing Organizational Strategy

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

Thriving In a Digital World – A Conversation with Euan Semple

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Posted by Lucidea on 7/8/2016

Earlier this year, we presented a “KM Conversation” with well-known enterprise social network expert and consultant Euan Semple. During our session “The New Knowledge Ecosystem: Content and Connection,” Lucidea’s COO Phil Green engaged Euan in a discussion of how social sharing and the wisdom of the crowd enable meaningful and necessary participation in professional digital networks.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Information Management, Enterprise Social Networks

5 Things to Do That Will Energize Your KM Career

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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, Professional Development

Don’t Let Your Information Resources Staff Fly Blind

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 6/30/2016

Pilots can’t fly their planes unless they have instruments that tell them what the plane is doing at all times, and where it’s heading. KM 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.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Information Management

Are You Accountable for Managing Your Organization’s Knowledge and Intellectual Property Assets?

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 5/6/2016

The concept of accountability often has negative emotions attached to it. Ever wonder why that is? Maybe it’s the “hot potato” syndrome. Too many of us have been held accountable for events we have no hope of controlling.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Information Management

Throwing a Successful KM Pool Party (Part 2 of 2)

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Posted by Phil Green on 5/4/2016

In my last post I discussed problems with the shared drive and SharePoint as knowledge management solutions. With these systems adoption is high (everybody is in the pool) because they are simple, but due to lack of an information management strategy the content is often a mess.

In this post, I’ll discuss strategies for building successful KM systems that achieve high adoption while simultaneously providing access to organized content. In other words, throwing a KM Pool Party that isn’t a hot mess.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Information Management

KM Pool Party or Just a Hot Mess? (Part 1 of 2)

2 minute read
Posted by Phil Green on 4/29/2016

The most common KM tool for sharing documents and other items with colleagues is the shared drive. But why is that, and is it really such a good idea?

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Information Management

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