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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Thought for the day - Managers administer, leaders inspire

Info courtesy: Michael Y @ A Techno-Theologian
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Managers have a short-term perspective, leaders have a longer-term perspective
Managers have an eye on the bottom line, leaders have an eye on the horizon
Managers administer, leaders innovate
Managers imitate, leaders originate
Managers emulate the classic good soldier, leaders are their own person
Managers ask how and when, leaders ask what and why
Managers do things right, leaders do the right things
Managers accept the status-quo, leaders challenge the status-quo [anon., @ Passionate leadership- Excitement begets Excitement Source]

Monday, June 18, 2007

From Librarian to Knowledge Manager and Beyond:

The Shift to an End-User Domain
By Doug Church, Phase 5 Consulting Group Inc.

Eight years ago, I met with an executive of a large communications company to talk about the impending rise of the end-user online market. During the
course of our conversation, the executive explained that his company's position
was that the market for online information and services had "peaked", and they
were not interested in channelling more resources into this area. continue reading

Friday, June 15, 2007

From librarian to knowledge manager

Jitendra Valera, Sweet & Maxwell Legal Online, 4-Oct-2004
New technology has made legal librarians think strategically, says Jitendra Valera
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 per cent 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. continue reading

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Librarians are the ultimate knowledge managers?

The Australian Library Journal
Librarians are the ultimate knowledge managers?
Cathie Koina, Manuscript received July 2002
Librarians are the ultimate knowledge managers. We all know that. After all, haven't we been the custodians of documented knowledge for centuries? Who could possibly do it better than us? Well, then why aren't people knocking down our doors, begging us to be the knowledge managers of the organisation? Are they just ignorant of how fantastic we are, or is it possible that librarians aren't the best people for the job? Most of the academic articles that deal with Knowledge Management (KM) in some way always start by trying to define it. This is because there is no standard or stable definition. I believe this is one of the issues causing confusion...


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  • Marconi, J 'Outside the square: library and information services innovations within a knowledge management context'. ALIA 9th Specials, Health and Law Libraries Conference. Available online:
  • Milne, Patricia 'Information professionals and the knowledge-aware, intelligent organisation: skills for the future.' Australian Library Journal 49 (2), May 2000 139-150.
  • Skills for knowledge management a briefing paper by TFPL Ltd based on research undertaken on behalf of the [UK] Library and Information Commission. 1999. Available online:
  • Todd, Ross and Gray Southon, 'Educating for a knowledge management future: perceptions of library and information professionals.' Australian Library Journal, 50 (4) Nov 2001 313-326.

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