Wednesday, June 14, 2006

KM: Cultivating a Knowledge Sharing Culture

This week I attended the Ark conference on KM in Toronto. Yesterday I participated in a panel, along with Mary Saulig and Stephanie Grenier, on the role of librarians in KM. We had Joshua Fireman of ii3 moderate the session and we largely organized it as a conversation based on a few questions. I think it went quite well, and I was pleased with feedback I received throughout the rest of the conference.

This morning I live-blogged one session called Cultivating a Knowledge Sharing Culture on blog Slaw.

That is the last of my big professional commitments for a little while (well, until I attend AALL and make an appearance at the NE2007 reception being put on by ALLAGNY and ALLUNY). Hopefully my blogging will become a little more regular for the next while.

Cheers,
Connie

3 comments:

Steve Matthews said...

How different was the Librarians' Panel discussion from the CALL preconference presentation?

Connie said...

Very different. We dispensed with PowerPoint, for one thing. We kept it at a conversational level, and had Joshua Fireman ask us questions, some of which were off the cuff. Mary, Stephanie and I had discussed in advance the territory we wanted to cover and what stories we might use as examples. I figure we only got to about half.

As well, this session was really aimed at the lawyers and other non-librarians in the room, talking about either how a librarian could head up a KM initiative or, where KM is already in play, how a librarian could participate as part of the team. To facilitate the discussion, we each described our own organizations and where we are with KM.

One comment overheard by an audience member: "Wow, I can get my librarian to do that?". That comment alone was worth the whole session to me. 8-)

Connie said...

I should put this into perspective: librarians aren't involved in KM in Toronto the way they are with you in Vancouver, Steve.

We've got to get you up on the panel next time!

Cheers,
Connie