What Does Success Look Like for the Special Library? SLA 2017 Hot Topics Panel (Revisited)

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Posted by Lucidea on 6/5/2018

Special librarians know that to ensure sustainability they must build a strategy, embrace change, and even create it. They know that the path to success includes doing more with the tools they have, and the skills they’ve built. But do special librarians truly recognize success when they achieve it? Equally important, do they focus on communicating the value of their success to leadership and peers?

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Topics: Professional Development, Marketing, Special Librarians

Ready to Read: Succeeding in the World of Special Librarianship

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 5/29/2018

I’m pleased to announce that my new book, Succeeding in the World of Special Librarianship, is now available from Lucidea Press. You may be aware that I am a regular contributor to Lucidea’s “Think Clearly” blog, so when they asked me to write their imprint’s next book, it felt like a great opportunity to share my perspectives in a more expansive form.

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Topics: Professional Development, Strategy, Special Librarianship

Part 2: Benefits and Value of Embedded Special Librarianship

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Posted by Miriam Kahn on 5/25/2018

Embedded information professionals share their expertise across the enterprise—which benefits from increased awareness of internal resources and projects. Embedded special librarians add value by bridging information silos while disseminating information throughout the organization.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Librarians

Part 1: Embedded Librarians and Information Professionals—In the Thick of Things

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Posted by Miriam Kahn on 5/8/2018

Embedded special librarians are contributing members of their departments or groups. They are in the thick of things, participating fully in the development of projects, integration of new services, or dissemination of materials and information throughout the organization and its clientele.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Librarians

Knowledge Management for Success: Reuse Proven Practices

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 4/19/2018

As part of the research for my current book, Proven Practices for Promoting a Knowledge Management Program, I interviewed widely recognized KM leaders to get their take on the secrets to successful KM strategy development and implementation. One of these leaders is with Microsoft.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, Marketing, KM

Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Google Home, AR, AI, Machine Learning and the Special Librarian

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 3/28/2018

Are we ready for this? Sometimes a new technology simmers for years and then just seems to explode into the present. There are a few things cresting now in the consumer and business markets that we need to pay attention to.

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Topics: Management, Professional Development, Technology

Part Three: Building Your KM Nest – 5 More Strategies for Special Librarians

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 3/20/2018

In Part One of this series, we reframed knowledge management strategies in the context of strategies for improving the health of the knowledge ecology. We’re using the metaphor of building a nest (sometimes referred to as an intranet) where our eggs can hatch and ideas grow, and decisions improve in quality. In Part Two we explored five strategies, tactics and frameworks for accomplishing this. Now, in the final post of this three-part series, we offer an additional five strategies.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Innovation, Strategy

Part Two: Building Your KM Nest – 5 of 10 Strategies for Special Librarians

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 3/13/2018

In Part One of this series, we reframed knowledge management strategies in the context of strategies for improving the health of the knowledge ecology. We’re using the metaphor of building a nest (sometimes referred to as an intranet) where our eggs can hatch and ideas grow, and decisions improve in quality. Now let’s explore some strategies, tactics and frameworks for accomplishing this.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, KM, Innovation, Strategy

Seeking Outside Help: Tips for Knowledge Managers

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 3/8/2018

You don’t have to go it alone to sell KM to others in your organization. Take advantage of outside help by scheduling visits with others who are doing KM well, joining and participating in KM communities, using industry analyst reports, or using an outside consultant.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, Marketing, KM

Part One: Building Your KM Nest - What Did Einstein Know about Knowledge Management?

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 3/6/2018

I once watched a robin build her nest from what was available around my yard. Her choices were interesting. She had lots of material to choose from, but kept picking up the shiny, silver tinsel from the discarded skeleton of our Christmas tree. Her nest was beautiful when done. It was also colder, and non-absorbent, and she was never able to successfully get her eggs to hatch. One of the morals of this story: Sometimes that which we find attracts us is not necessarily what’s best for the purpose.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, KM, Innovation

10 Important Elements of an Organizational Knowledge Ecosystem

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Posted by Lucidea on 3/1/2018

In their interesting blog post, 10 Tips for Creating a Knowledge Ecosystem in your Organization, a group of Wiley publication editors share 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 Hold Successful “Face-to-Face” KM Meetings

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 2/22/2018

Even in a world of digital communication channels, it’s critical to hold annual enterprise-wide (or worldwide, if you work for a multinational organization) face-to-face meetings in order to get and keep all KM leaders informed, energized, and collaborating.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, KM

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