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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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    JOHN said...

    Nice observation, thanks.

    Bong said...


    When you said, "Most of the academic articles that deal with Knowledge Management (KM) in some way always start...," I thought of the meaning of knowledge management. By reason of, the meaning defines the nature of knowledge management. Think the meaning resolves the confusion.

    To know more about meaning, you may visit my blog at:

    Looking forward to hearing your kind comments.

    Kind regards,


    Mohamed Taher said...

    Thanks John and Danilo for your visit and comments.

    Danilo: pl note this article is not from my pen (nor I said what you thot). It is by Cathie Koina, and the all ideas expressed in that article are her.
    Best, MT

    Bong said...


    Thank you for kind observation.

    I understand. And 'm sorry for the mistake. I failed to notice her name.

    Kind regards,


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