knowledge Management deals with creation,codification ,capturing knowledge , storing and retrieval and utilization of the knowledge in very broad sense. Each one of the above topics are having several disciplines like technology , psychology , modelling and so on.
Shortly i will be adding some more thoughts/ experiences on above with elobaration for discussion.
Basically library and information professionals claim that they have been managing knowledge for long time. But actually they are managing explicit knowledge: knowledge that is easily stored codified and comunicated and available in the form of boks reports, theses, databases, product specifications,etc. KM deals with the management of tacit and explici knowledge. Tacit knowledge is higly personal and difficult to codified, stored, organised and communicated. It is the knowledge available in the mind of people of an organisation gained through experieces, observation, learn by doing, and this knowledge is highly valuable for an organisation. This knowledge is also called intellectual capital of an organisation. Factors that are important for the successful implementation of KM: Teachnology, Organisation structure, Culture of sharing knowledge among employee, Leadership.
thank u for ur response since you have initiated the discussion , i would like to add to your views on explicit knowledge. Knowledge repositories are going to be extension of library activities. But the caution is may be we have to change our selves for this new areas with digital resources , content management tools , data mining ,data ware housing , various technologies of net working and so on. I say all these are possible .Coming to part ii tacit dimension which is more challenging , it is possible depending on the our impact of services in the organisation. To start with explicit k capturing ( including procurement) to shape up k repository and services may give good impact in building up of our image to follow up to tacit k.
FOR your information am enclosing a theme paper of 1996
What may be the problems of the implementaion of KM in librraies:
Basically libraires are the service and not profit organisation so is it possible to implement KM in these types of organisation? What may be the challenges/problems of implementation of KM in libraries? What are functions and services of libraries where KM may successfully be implemented?