Developing Goals and Objectives for Archival Projects

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Posted by Margot Note on 9/17/2018

Goals and objectives are instrumental in strategic planning for archives because they turn the project’s vision into measurable targets. Goals are the ends towards which a project is directed; objectives are more detailed than goals and explain how goals will be accomplished. With both in hand, archivists build and support the vision for what they wish to achieve with their projects.

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Topics: Professional Development, Strategy, Digital Archives, Archives

Identifying Worthwhile Archival Projects

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Posted by Margot Note on 9/10/2018

The most vital aspect of managing a successful archival project is identifying the right problem to be solved. In the cultural heritage sector, too many excellent exciting projects exist, but limited resources hamper seeing them to fruition. Archivists should prioritize projects that add value to the organization.

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Topics: Professional Development, Strategy, Archives

Cialdini: The Rules of Influence

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 8/21/2018

In Special Library Land we often refer to marketing or advocacy. I do not personally like those words as frames for such activities. I like to call it what it is: INFLUENCE.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Marketing

10 Tips for Starting a KM Program

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 8/16/2018

During my career as a KM practitioner, I have both observed and developed proven practices for leading successful knowledge management programs, and in doing so, have compiled many “Tips Lists” to serve as thought-starters. They’re included in my latest book on promoting knowledge management initiatives within the corporate world; the below list is from Chapter 12: Use the Keys to Success.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, KM

Community and Asset Mapping for Special Librarians

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 8/14/2018
Community and Asset Mapping for Special Librarians

Community Asset Mapping is a great tool for looking at your potential partnerships, markets, audiences, and more. While it is widely used in the public sector—public libraries, healthcare, social services, urban planning, etc.—it promises to be a potentially very strong tool for special librarians to ‘map’ their internal and external communities.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

Three Keys to KM leadership

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 8/9/2018

During my career as a KM practitioner, I have both observed and developed proven practices for leading successful knowledge management programs. They’re included in my latest book on promoting knowledge management initiatives within the corporate world. Please read on for my thoughts on the essentials of KM leadership.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, KM

Embedded Librarians Never Stop Learning

5 minute read
Posted by Miriam Kahn on 8/7/2018

Information professionals have a reputation for knowing a little about everything. As embedded special librarians and archivists, it’s essential that we remain relevant. One way to do so is to continuously hone your knowledge through continuing education. Another way to remain “in the know” is to share what you learn—within the organization and your professional specialty.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries

How to Sell KM to Leaders–Part Three

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 8/2/2018

The single most important “KM sale” you can make is to your senior leaders. In my first two posts on this topic, I asserted that in my experience, if you get them on board, everything else will be much easier. If you can’t: try, try, and try again. Valuable tools for getting leadership sponsorship and support include telling stories, making the business case, and selling the benefits. Please read on to learn about selling the benefits, drawn from my new book Proven Practices for Promoting Knowledge Management.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, KM

Part 4: How Embedded Librarians Add Value to Catalogues and Databases

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Posted by Miriam Kahn on 7/31/2018

Through being part of a digitization or processing project, embedded special librarians add value to catalogues and databases. Their “In-The-Know” positions mean they can act as liaisons between the project designers and managers and the processors, catalogers, and input specialists. Specialized vocabulary and carefully crafted thesauri add precision to catalogs, metadata, tags, and, best of all, search results.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries

How to Sell KM to Leaders – Part Two

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 7/26/2018

The single most important “KM sale” you can make is to your senior leaders. As mentioned in my previous post on this topic, if you get them on board, everything else will be much easier. If you can’t, you must keep trying until you do. To get their sponsorship and support, tell stories, make the business case, and sell the benefits. Please read on to learn about making the business case, drawn from my new book Proven Practices for Promoting Knowledge Management.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, KM

Part Five: Aligning Research Results with Decision-Making—Mind Mapping and Boxes

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Posted by Stephen Abram on 7/24/2018

In my country (Canada), mind mapping is in the curriculum from a very early age. This skill is a foundation for critical thinking and, indeed, project and report creation and development—as well as beginning the research, discovery and exploration process.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

How to Sell KM to Leaders – Part One

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 7/19/2018

The single most important “KM sale” you can make is to your senior leaders. If you get them on board, everything else will be much easier. If you can’t, you need to keep trying until you do. To get their sponsorship and support, tell stories, make the business case, and sell the benefits. Please read on to learn about effective storytelling, drawn from my new book Proven Practices for Promoting Knowledge Management.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Professional Development, KM

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