Concepts of Knowledge Management among Library & Information Science Professionals

Shabahat Husain, Mohammad Nazim

Abstract


This study aims to identify, collect and critically review the research literature on the concepts of Knowledge Management (KM) among Library & Information Science (LIS) professionals. The present study is based on the review of published work in the field of KM and librarianship. It has been observed that the knowledge which is embedded in people (their skill and expertise) as well as knowledge of working processes of libraries (explicit knowledge) recognized as the important sources of knowledge within libraries. Skills of LIS professionals in librarianship and information management can be very beneficial to KM, but these are not sufficient and there is a need to acquire additional competencies in the fields of communication, human resource management, change management, project management. Based on the extensive review of literature, this study provides a theoretical foundation for further research to investigate the problems and prospects of implementing KM in libraries.Virtual learning environment became very popular in the present learning environment. Not only higher education institutes, rather small institutes are also adopting it to facilitate their students. Present paper is in effort made by a small study centre run by IGNOU to create such learning environment. Open source software, i.e. MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) was used for the present study. The software was customized as per the requirements, especially considering a distance education mode institute, tested it by uploading information/ data including grades, assignments, students profile, etc. for the present study. The students of the centre were acquainted with the practicalities of the MOODLE. This article endeavors to discuss the experiences of the administrator, teachers and also the ultimate users with the present study.


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