How Knowledge Managers Can Become (and Mentor) “Power Knowledge Workers”

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 2/9/2018

Knowledge Managers know how to use KM tools, how to ask others for help, who should be connected to whom, who would benefit from a piece of information, and how to persuade others to use information effectively. Those who play these roles, and especially those who combine several of them, can function as “power knowledge workers”, facilitating knowledge flow throughout the organization.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, KM

Is There Such a Thing as Information Overload?

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 2/6/2018

“Information overload refers to the state of having too much information to make a decision or remain informed about a topic. It is often referred to in conjunction with various forms of computer mediated communication such as email and the web. The term was coined in 1970 by Alvin Toffler in his book Future Shock.” (Wikipedia)

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries

How to Think About Knowledge Management Now

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Posted by Lucidea on 2/2/2018

In his recent piece for KMWorld, What is KM? Knowledge Management Explained, Dr. Michael Koenig provides an excellent overview of the origins, goals and fundamentals of knowledge management. The article is useful for those new to KM, and also reminds seasoned practitioners of the discipline’s principles, stages of development and current status.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, KM

Future Ready: The Emerging New Library/Librarian Experience

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 1/23/2018

Libraries and librarians are all about experiences. How would you describe the experience of dealing with you? What are the benefits? In this post, I’d like to explore the knowledge experience and how it has changed over the years with respect to the library/librarian value proposition. As we enter an era of new opportunities it’s wise to see how we got to this point.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries

Solo Librarians and Peer Mentoring

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Posted by Larry Cooperman on 12/26/2017

One of the many positive aspects of solo librarianship is the diversity of the practitioners. Among them are law librarians, medical librarians, corporate/special librarians and archivists, to name just a few. This diversity helps solo librarians to better help one another, solving common problems and sharing/implementing best practices.

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Topics: Library Management, Professional Development, Small Library Management

Peer Mentoring is a Great Professional Development Option for Solo Librarians

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Posted by Lucidea on 1/10/2017

One of the many positive aspects of solo librarianship is the diversity of the practitioners. Among them are law librarians, medical librarians, corporate/special librarians and archivists, to name just a few. This diversity helps solo librarians to better help one another, solving common problems and sharing/implementing best practices.

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Professional Development, Small Library Management

Going it Alone? Professional Development Options for Solo Librarians

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Posted by Lucidea on 11/22/2016

Many librarians choose to work on their own, inside many different types of organizations. All library skills—whether reference, cataloging, or collection development—are useful and valuable to both solo librarians and their users. However, there are challenges (both budgetary and organizational) to going it alone which require one-person library managers to seek out both a network and a professional development “support system.”

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Professional Development

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