Knowledge Management: Can Librarians Do It?. Lee Chu Keong Nanyang Technological University. Short Answer. Yes!. discomfort. But, some changes are needed!. Changes That Are Needed. A shift in perspective on the concept of “knowledge” A shift in perspective on the concept of “silence”
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Lee Chu KeongNanyang Technological University
But, some changes are needed!
“As Object” vs “As Process”
knowability of the universe
factual nature of scientific knowledge
irrelevance of value judgment
“As point” on a continuum
“As potential” of a very powerful sort
dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, almanacs, handbooks, directories, atlases, gazetteers, biographies, abstracts & indexes – annual reports, patents & trademarks, statistical sources, market research reports, white papers, stock data, company information, …
He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.
Knowledge sharing “takes place each time you communicate what you are doing, who you are, or what you know to one person or to many people”, and “covers a variety of activities – a talk with a colleague at the coffee pot, an educational situation, a document in a database, an email, an information board with notices, etc.”
Petersen & Poulfelt (2002)
Knowledge sharing involves networking to become acquainted with what others know.
Knowledge sharing is the deliberate act in which knowledge is made reusable for one party through its transfer by another.
Lee and Al-Hawamdeh (2002)
If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it.
to “size up” a person
to increase understanding of a complex issue/phenomenon/problem
to clarify concepts
to express opinion or stand
Participation in knowledge sharing
“Silence denotes a lack of knowledge sharing”
“Silence implies an unwillingness to share one’s knowledge”
climate is made reusable for one party through its transfer by another.
Rethink the concept of “knowledge”
Rethink the concept of “silence”
Rethink the concept of “intermediary”