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Monday, December 25, 2006

A Visible Pathfinder for Increasing Blog Traffic in 2007

The wise learn from their own experiences but the truly intelligent will learn from someone else's!" - Benjamin Franklin.

My 2007 resolution for return-on-investments in blogging is to have a two-way traffic. The prescription is, please:
1. post a comment--aka, visual signature--in this blog on whatever subject (spam and phishing EXEMPTED)
2. turn on your blog comments' button; I will reciprocate not once, but every post that you create in 2007. This is my own idea of live and let live. I do reciprocate; my 2006 ledger shows Bloggers, such as, Sukhdev Singh, K. G. Schneider, Nancy White, Nirmala Palaniappan, David Tebbutt, Peachy Limpin, Thomas Brevik, Steven Edward Streight, Neil Patel, Diane Levin, and more.

PUNCHLINE: Increasing Blog traffic is a major concern, even for many Gurus [e.g., Adrian W Kingsley-Hughes' Three simple actions that doubled my website traffic in 30 days]
Previous post:
  • Visualizing Comments on Blogs
  • Visualizing Traffic At My Blog Via Mapping The Pathways
  • Blog As A Teaching Tool

    Idea courtesy: Bloggers Compose Their Yearly Ledgers, By Jeralyn; and How to Pay for Blog Comments, @ usability blog of John S. Rhodes; So what'd you get? by Ryan Block

    Technorati Tags: blog comments   2007 blog   blog traffic   2007 resolution   2007 blogging     popular bloggers   popular comments   top bloggers   Reward-program   return-on-investments

  • Thursday, November 23, 2006

    Exact role of Knowledge Manager

    Exact role of Knowledge Manager @ Forums - KnowledgeBoard

    comments and questions include topics, such as:
    Exact role of Knowledge Manager
    KM roles
    Role of CKO's
    Do you really need a Knowledge Manager?
    Needing a knowledge manager
    Who are the Knowledge Managers? ........ continue reading the list and the comments on each topic

    NB. You may not find what you want: i. e., whatever concerns a Librarian.
    The moral is you have to go and leave your comments as a librarian, as a library professional, as a librarian who is now a knowledge manager.

    Monday, October 09, 2006

    Building a corporate taxonomy: benefits and challenges

    The preliminaries
    Roles and responsibilities

    Identifying who should ‘own’ the corporate taxonomy can be a difficult task for organisations that are new to such projects. In many large enterprises there will already be a corporate librarian, and their ‘information science’ experience will make them the natural candidate for this role.

    Alternatively, an existing knowledge manager – or knowledge management team – will take on the responsibility of ownership.

    If neither of these options already exists, the organisation will need to create a new role – and ensure that the appointee gets the training and, equally important, management support that they will need to be effective in what can be a politically sensitiveposition.

    in Building a corporate taxonomy: benefits and challenges [Pdf format]

    [ABSTRACT: Taxonomies are a fundamental part of any modern information architecture.
    Any organisation that needs to make significant volumes of information
    available in an efficient and consistent way to its customers, partners or
    employees needs to understand the value of a serious approach to taxonomy
    design and management.

    However, many organisations are unfamiliar with taxonomy development and
    management. At its simplest, a taxonomy is a hierarchical organisation of
    categories used for classification purposes. Such a simple definition hides the
    many challenges to be faced in building and maintaining an effective and
    usable taxonomy for your organisation.

    This report explains why taxonomies are a key issue for many organisations,
    and looks at the benefits they bring and the challenges to be faced in
    developing and maintaining a corporate taxonomy. It also examines the role of
    categorisation tools in taxonomy design and maintenance, and looks at future
    technology trends.]

    See also my previous post
  • Taxonomy of Faiths: A semantic journey
  • Monday, October 02, 2006

    Knowledge Capture - Librarians' Role

    The librarians at each institution who work with the databases and with onsite and remote users collect unsolicited comments, most often via e-mail sent to the staff. They share these comments with library administrators who can use them to communicate to campus administration. For the most part these comments are positive, saying things like “you have saved me many hours” or “your service is invaluable to all researchers.” But front-line librarians also collect and share the negative comments that are occasionally received, since they not only provide opportunities for process improvements but can, in themselves, be powerful testimonials. For example, an angry editor recently sent an e-mail demanding that we “please correct your misspelling in my book title immediately—everyone is copying your mistake, as a Google search on my name will show. . . .” Even negative comments can sometimes reveal how central a service is to a community.
    Continue reading:
    Librarians as knowledge builders: Strategic partnering for service and advocacy, by Patricia A. Kreitz. C&RL News, January 2004, Vol. 65, No. 1

  • Knowledge management and reference services, Smiti Gandhi, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 30, Issue 5 , September 2004, Pages 368-381
    Abstract: Many corporations are embracing knowledge management (KM) to capture the intellectual capital of their employees. This article focuses on KM applications for reference work in libraries. It defines key concepts of KM, establishes a need for KM for reference services, and reviews various KM initiatives for reference services.

    Reference librarians continue to employ the basic reference process that has the following steps:....

    KM initiatives have the potential to assist libraries in capturing, collecting, organizing, and disseminating the collective memory and wisdom of reference librarians and helping them become more productive, effective, and customer service oriented. KM can also help libraries streamline their day-to-day operations, improve their visibility and involvement in the larger organization, and assume a leadership role in helping to capture the institutional memory. However, successful KM initiatives require a clear understanding of the information continuum; the four key components of KM; the distinction between data management, information management, and KM; and the KM process. KM initiatives are most likely to be introduced and succeed at libraries that function as learning communities, have strategic goals, a knowledge sharing culture, the versatility to accept new challenges and try different approaches, and the ability to harness the power of IT...

    Reference librarians will have to “shift (their mental models) from custodians of a document collection to managers of the corporate memory.”116

  • Information literacy and personal knowledge management, by Trine Schreiber and Karen Harbo
    The aim of the paper is to discuss a new subject called personal knowledge management and to compare it with the better-known concept information literacy

    Writing the Book on Knowledge Management/Christina Stoll. Association Management. Washington: Apr 2004.Vol.56, Iss. 4; pg. 56, 6 pgs
    Confirming anecdotal information from staff members, the report indicated that 50 percent of NSLS members seek advice or expertise from the organization, and 56 percent of members would like to share knowledge via communities of like-minded experts...

    Communities of practice. Three member networking groups (electronic subscription managers, genealogy, and youth services) have developed their design teams, which will identify the topics of interest to be discussed among these groups and facilitate the discussion. Since launching the communities-of-practice pilot, we've had one additional networking group-public library directors-join, and other groups have shown an interest in developing communities.
  • Sunday, October 01, 2006

    KM and Internal Communications

    A KM practitioner brought to my attention the link between KM and Internal Communications. Thanks to her creative spirit. I could find an intersting quote from the Web, An extract from the article, follows:

    Watson Helsby’s report identifies additional roles for internal communicators, such as employee branding, leadership communication, intranet development and knowledge sharing. This final element is of growing importance: “For some members of our sample, [knowledge sharing] is very much the focus of their role – trying to engineer a change from a ‘push’ to ‘pull’ communications culture, and developing the infrastructure to support this.” Lindsay Gill, communications manager in Shell’s global learning organisation, feels that internal communications has many definitions but few companies have a clear, overarching appreciation for the role. She breaks the function into four parts: management and employee alignment, marketing, stakeholder management and business development. “These can be collected under one term, ‘connectivity’, which relates to activities that reduce overlaps of work and disconnects of understanding,” she says Continue reading the article... Your say: Linking internal functions with KM

    see also:
  • Integrated internal communications: a multidisciplinary perspective
    Author(s): Hanna K. Kalla, Corporate Communications: An International Journal
    (2005) Volume: 10 Issue: 4 Page: 302 - 314

    What is the role of the Librarian in this process?
    Any suggestions, comments from Librarians, information professionals, and KM gurus?
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    Project Management for Professionals

    Is a basic knowledge of project management only for certified project managers or those who hold a diploma? Not necessarily!

    "You need to manage your laboratory the same way you do your science: boldly but methodically, with the right balance of purposefulness and opportunism."

    Project management has evolved over the years. Today's project management is less an arcane technical discipline than a set of principles intended to provide a structured approach to making the everyday decisions that keep a business running, even a small business. Or a laboratory.

    Project management begins, as it should, by defining its subject: A project, according to project management theory, is an activity with three characteristics:
  • Specific outcomes or results
  • Definite start and end dates
  • Established resource budgets

    The Key Components of Project Management
  • Planning--clarifying:
  • Organizing--specifying roles and responsibilities for project personnel
  • Controlling the performance of project work

    Key Premises That Lead to Project Success
  • Project management is a way of thinking and behaving, rather than just a way of analyzing and presenting data.
  • Attempting to control all aspects of a project assures the greatest chance of success, but you will never succeed at controlling everything. That's okay.
  • People, not numbers and graphs, create successful projects.

    Continue reading ... Project Management for Scientists, Stanley E. Portny, Jim Austin, United States, 12 July 2002

  • See also my review:
    Barbara Allan. Project Management: Tools and Techniques for Today's LIS Professional. FACET (imprint of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). & Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2004. Information Processing and Management, (in press)

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006

    Quote of the Year

    Knowledge work and knowledge management are inseparable. Source: The Association of Knowledgework

    At the Association of Knowledgework, people from every specialty cross professional, geographic, cultural, economic and hierarchical barriers to learn together. Not just another website, this is a virtual home for those who work with this stuff called knowledge.

    Friday, September 15, 2006

    Book of the Year by Stan Skrzeszewski

    The book of the Year is not a slogan. Nor this blog is about rocket science fiction. The title of this post simply recognizes the fact that there are Librarians who serve as Knowledge Managers. And there is no dearth of leadership in this evolving professional genre. Stanislaw (Stan) Skrzeszewski is one such leading expert, I believe

    Stan Skrzeszewski is a librarian by training and a knowledge entrepreneur by inclination. He is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from cosmopolitanism to the animate nature of information. Stan founded Advanced Strategic Management in 1992, where he continues as a consultant specializing in bringing people and technology together.

    The Knowledge Entrepreneur by Stan Skrzeszewski. (Scarecrow Press, 2006. 151pp ISBN 0810852918).
    Book Description
    The Knowledge Entrepreneur introduces the principles, skills, and knowledge required to be a knowledge entrepreneur or intrapreneur. It outlines the process for developing and implementing business plans and proposals for knowledge-based initiatives. It also offers insight into the nature of knowledge, innovation, and entrepreneurship. For the individual entrepreneur who is just starting to develop a business concept, employees who want to become employers, and for entrepreneurially-minded people working in larger information-related organizations (e.g. libraries and information, technology, and software businesses), this book will be an invaluable tool.
    Book Review, By Maggie Weaver:

    Stan is a library leader turned philosopher, and this book clearly indicates that the philosopher was always there under the librarian. In fact, Stan runs a series of Philosopher's Cafes, of which the latest is “A Conversation on the Knowledge Entrepreneur as Cosmopolitan, Nomadic Barbarian." continue reading from CASLIS Special Issues – April 2006 Edition

    Table of Contents
    1 An introduction to entrepreneurship 1
    2 Traits and skills of knowledge entrepreneurs 13
    3 Trends : a source of entrepreneurial opportunity 27
    4 The knowledge entrepreneur and innovation 47
    5 Developing a knowledge venture 65
    6 Knowledge business structures and financing 71
    7 Developing proposals : planning for an entrepreneurial project 81
    8 Marketing for the knowledge entrepreneur 87
    9 Knowledge entrepreneurs 97
    10 Exporting knowledge services and products 131

    Another review @ Info Career Trends by Elizabeth Shankle is Director of Research for Aretao.

    I strongly recommend this book to every one interested in inforstrucure (I mean, this as: in addition to infrastructure).

    For more info. reviews, sample readings, etc. See the Scarecrow Press Web site
    See also:
    Reviews From My Desktop--This is designed to be a Reviews and Reviewers Portal.

    Wednesday, September 13, 2006

    KM in Academia: KM Degree Programs

    SCAM FREE PATHFINDER: How Would You Describe Your Involvement in KM? [just-in-case you don't know] Then click here

    Looking around for certification, and professional development? Here is a possible source [PS. the list is dated]

    KM in Academia: KM Degree Programs
    This section contains a list of schools that offer a Masters, Ph.D., or certificate programs in knowledge management. In addition, this site also provides a list of private companies that offer a wide range of KM workshops, training, seminars, and short online certificate courses in the area of knowledge management. Included in this section is a chart that displays the number of KM dissertations by year produced between 1981 and 2001. Continue browsing the site

    NB. Credits: Reflections of a Knowledge Manager, KM Career Information/Resources, July 18, 2006.

    Skills, Skills, Skills and Knowledge About People, Process, and Technology

    Educating for a knowledge management future: Perceptions of library and information professionals, by Ross J Todd and Gray Southon, The Australian Library Journal, volume 50 issue 4 (2001) Full text

    ABSTRACT: The emerging diffuse and complex discourse on knowledge management has, amongst many things, given some focus to the nature of education and training for professionals engaged in managing knowledge. The complexity of charting an educational and training pathway becomes apparent when considered against the plethora of perspectives of what constitutes knowledge management, as well as the various underpinning assumptions about its nature, contextualisation, role, and indeed, the meanings of its constituent terms 'knowledge' and 'management' This paper is the second part of the findings of a research project undertaken in 1999 and 2000 to identify the perspectives of experienced professionals working in the library and information sector in relation to knowledge management, and in particular to identify directions for the education and training of library and information professionals who wish to be engaged in managing knowledge. Part 1 identified considerable variation in levels of awareness of the term 'knowledge management', in the perceptions of knowledge management, and its relation to information management, and in the perception of the institutional understanding of and responses to knowledge management (Southon & Todd, 2001). source

    Visualize theses skills here (A sample from the above article):
    Table 1: Understandings required for knowledge management

    Knowledge about knowledge
    .Nature of knowledge.
    .Creation of human knowing.
    .How people acquire knowledge.
    .Typologies of knowledge.
    .Knowledge dissemination.
    .Knowledge utilisation.
    .Knowledge trends: globalisation, convergence.

    .Needs analysis.
    .Group and organisational dynamics.
    .Psychology of people in groups.
    .Strategies for creating a knowledge sharing culture.
    .Ways people learn, think, absorb ideas.
    .Learning styles.
    .Cognitive science understanding.
    .Understanding how people share information

    .Understanding of organisational culture.
    .Structure, politics and needs of organisation.
    .Business products and services.
    .Role of knowledge in the organisation.
    .The external market and competitive advantage.
    .Understanding how organisations work: purpose, function, vision, mission.
    .Cost benefits of knowledge management.
    .Value of knowledge to the organisation.
    .Understanding customer requirements.

    .Information management principles.
    .Information management systems.
    .Indexes and catalogues.
    .Understanding how information is utilised.
    .Synthesis of information.
    .Holistic view of information theory.
    .How to integrate knowledge and information into management systems.

    .System specifications and applications
    .Understanding the Internet as a global, networked information infrastructure
    .Search engine algorithms
    .Understanding impact of technology on the organisation
    .Data mining

    Literature Survey - Trends and Prospects

    Senior legal librarians (SLLs) are increasing in importance at their firms as the new knowledge management technologies they govern become more crucial to delivering top-quality legal services. According to recent research by Sweet & Maxwell among the top 100 UK law firms, more than 20% of SLLs now either report directly to the managing partner or chief executive officer, or sit on the most senior management board of their firms.
    Knowledge management is now at the very core of many firms, and because of this, SLLs are increasingly important. The old perception of legal librarians working away in small, dusty libraries, searching through volumes of legal texts is completely divorced from reality. Continue reading: From librarian to knowledge manager /The Lawyer. London: Oct 4, 2004. pg. 29

    This blogosphere, then, tends to provide a reflection for a knowledge manager or one who is managing knowledge

    Holistically speaking there is a strong link between the following: record management, information mangement, library management and knowledge management. More about this link will follow in another post.

    Much dig is already done by two Mary's, (co-incidence: Mary is a Latinized version of the Arabic name Miriam, etymologists may argue, however) information professionals--And, Save the time of the knowledge mangers:
    A bibliography:

  • knowledge management and librarianship resources: Almost all resources about KM and LIS, Maryam
    A literature capsule:
  • to remember, Mary
    and From Librarian to Knowledge Manager and Beyond:/By Doug Church ...

    A few more sources on role & / or place of Librarians as Knowledge Managers:

  • The Road to Collaboration: Librarian as Knowledge Manager, Melinda Orebaugh, The Health Science Librarians of Illinois, 2004 Annual Conference.
    This paper will provide a brief overview of knowledge management, outline skills required for librarians wishing to accept knowledge management responsibilities, and describe the author’s personal experiences and responsibilities as director of corporate knowledge at Gundersen Lutheran Health System.
    Tools of Knowledge Management consists 70% of services and 30% of Technologies. Librarians provide these 70% services. This indicates the role of Librarians as Knowledge Manager / Knowledge Sharing facilitator
  • LIS Professionals can play the role in KM process @ knowledge Management Resources, by ROHIT SAHU
  • Evolution of Librarian to Knowledge Manager in Academic Institutions
  • Knowledge Management Opportunities for Academic Librarians Jane O'Donnell
  • Ling Ling Lai: “Educating knowledge professionals in LIBRARY and information science schools”. In: Journal OF Educational Media and LIBRARY Sciences 42 (2005) 3, P. 347 - 362
  • Information and Knowledge Management: What Technical Communication Can Learn From Library Science,
  • Knowledge Management and the Information Professional in KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT:
    THE BIBLIOGRAPHY, Revised and expanded version by Paul R. Burden
  • Karen Letarte/Michelle Turvey: “Cataloging or Knowledge management: Perspectives OF LIBRARY Educators on Cataloging Education for entry level Academic Librarians”. In: Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 34 (2002) 1+2, P. 163 - 185
  • Knowledge Management in Academic Libraries: Building the Knowledge Bank at the Ohio State University, Joseph J. Branin
  • Ross J. Todd / Gray Southon: "Educating for a knowledge management future: perceptions of library and information professionals". In: Australian Library Journal 50 (2001) 4, S. 313 - 326 [full text / html]
  • Librarians are the ultimate knowledge managers?, Cathie Koina
  • Google for much more
  • Welch, Jeanie M. “Hey! What About Us?! Changing Roles of Subject Specialists and Reference Librarians in the Age of Electronic Resources.” Serials Review 28 (2002): p. 283-286.
  • Whitlatch, Jo Bell. "Reference Futures: outsourcing, the web, or knowledge counseling." Future of Reference Services Papers. 2002. American Library Association. 19 April 2005.
  • Knowledge management and reference services, Smiti Gandhi, Senior Research Librarian The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 30, Issue 5 , September 2004, Pages 368-381
  • Hwa-Wei Lee, Knowledge Management and the Role of Libraries Chinese Librarianship: an International Electronic Journal, Issue No. 19
    (June 1, 2005)
  • Michele Ann Jenkins (Majink). Librarians and Knowledge Management.
    Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science [pdf full-text]

  • Maitrayee Ghosh & Ashok Jambekar Networks, Digital Libraries and Knowledge Management: Trends ... [Tables & Figures: Components of a library KM system, Knowledge Management Technologies, Intranets and Extranets in KM, Architecture of a library KM system, Potential upsides and possible limitations of KM technology-- Adapted from Donald J. Reifer. IEEE Software, 2002, May/June 2002, 15.] DESIDOC Bulletin of Inf Technol, 2003, 23(5)

  • Maryam Sarrafzadeh The implications of knowledge management for the library and information professions

    To sum up,three major roles are waiting for librarians to assume withthe coming of the new millennium: global informationprovider, educator and trainer, knowledge manager...

    Knowledge manager
    The shift from distributing information to managingknowledge is becoming an independent production factor next to labor, capital and natural resources. Knowledge isevolving into intellectual assets on which businessorganizations around the world are dependent for theirsurvival [Bonaventura, 1997].

    Library managers: knowledge coordinator ...
    Librarians: knowledge creator...

    Continue reading The expanding roles of librarians for the new millennium, by Jinhong Tang, IASSIST Quarterly, Spring 1998

  • From my desktop:
    Book Reviews:
  • Michael E. D. Koenig and T. Kanti Srikantaiah, Editors. Knowledge Management Lessons Learned: What Works and What Doesn't. Information Today, 2004. International Journal of Information Management, 25 (2005) 281-283
  • Chun Wei Choo, et al. Web Work: Information Seeking and Knowledge Work on the World Wide Web. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000. Information Resources Management Journal, 16, 2003, 62-64.
  • Ali Mirsepassi and others, editors. Localizing Knowledge in a Globalizing World: Recasting the Area Studies Debate Syracuse Univ. Press, 2003.MELA Notes 78 (2005): 71-74
  • A New e-journal: KnowGenesis

    Articles, essays, etc.:
  • Nexus between Knowledge Management and Library Science
  • "Save the Time of the Godly: Information Mediators Role in Promoting Spiritual &Religious Accommodation," in Knowledge Organization, Information Systems and other Essays. K.N. Prasad and K.S. Raghavan (eds.) Professor A. Neelameghan Festschrift. New Delhi, Ess Ess Publications, 2006.
  • Vertical and tacit: Multifaith and Knowledge Management in Perspective
  • Knowledge Management Applications in Multifaith & / or Multicultural Transactions Revisited
  • Labels

    Best Practices (76) Knowledge Management (56) Communities of Practice (50) Information Management (47) Business Intelligence (35) Competitive Intelligence (33) Knowledge Organization (28) Communication (24) Librarians (16) Professional development (15) Library (14) Semantic Web (13) Wiki (11) Education (10) Search Engines (8) Special Library Association (8) knowledge work (8) Google (7) Best Practices; Laws (6) Project Management (6) Tacit (6) blogging (6) career (6) Design (5) Digital Libraries (5) Marketing (5) Oral (5) Internet (4) Leaders (4) Classification (3) Content Management (3) Epistemology (3) Facebook (3) Information Industry (3) Reference (3) Share (3) Society (3) Spirituality (3) Technology (3) Web Analytics (3) Business--Religious aspects (2) Capture (2) Citation Analysis (2) Collection Development (2) Cyber_Worship_Inside (2) Data mining (2) Media monitoring (2) Netizens (2) Religion online (2) Research (2) Resource of the Week (2) Serial Subscription (2) SharePoint (2) Social Networking (2) Social Sciences (2) Visual Search (2) promotion (2) searching (2) Academic Libraries (1) Blog Reviews (1) Cloud (1) Collective Intelligence (1) Copyright (1) CyberWorship (1) Disseminate (1) FAQ (1) Fraud research (1) History (1) Knowledge Centres (1) Knowledge Maps (1) Library Vendors (1) Mapping (1) Online Religion (1) Questions (1) Retrieve (1) Scanner (1) Site vistors (1) Slide show (1) Stock investing (1) Stocks (1) Store (1) Terminology (1) Tools (1) User experience librarian (1) Website visits (1) customer privacy (1) information literacy (1) jobs (1) keywords (1) library resources (1) metadata (1) optical character recognition (OCR) (1) paid content (1) privacy (1) records management (1) web history (1) · Semantics (1)