Knowledge management for library strategic planning: Perceptions of applications and benefits

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Abstract

The purpose of the paper is to examine the perceptions and coherence of definitions, applications and benefits of knowledge management for library strategic planning between academic library directors and graduate students of information and library science. Using an e-mailed survey, 29 academic library directors and 18 graduate students of information and library science defined knowledge management in terms of library strategic planning and answered questions regarding the applications and benefits of knowledge management to library strategic planning. Library directors and graduate students (58.6 and 72.2%, respectfully) tended to agree that 'knowledge management is the process of critically managing knowledge to meet existing needs, to identify and exploit existing and acquired knowledge assets and to develop new opportunities.' Both directors (93.1%) and students (100%) agreed that knowledge management is applicable to the library strategic planning. Directors (51.9%) and students (61.1%) tended to agree that applying knowledge management is the best way to improve strategic planning foresight. Directors (71.4%) and students (66.7%) agreed that knowledge management can be applied to all areas of library strategic planning. Directors (60.7%) and students (50%) believe knowledge management is being applied to 'create portals for internal information that catalogs the strategic plans and reports developed for external users'. Directors (75.0%) and students (50.0%) believe knowledge management will 'improve sharing of internal and external information to minimize redundant efforts and lessen the reporting burden plaguing many libraries today'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManagement Innovation & Library Services
EditorsLanlin He, Lichun Ying
Place of PublicationShanghai, China
PublisherShanghai Scientific and Technological Literature Publishing House
Pages106-111
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventThird Shanghai International Library Forum - Shanghai, China, China
Duration: 17 Aug 200619 Aug 2006

Conference

ConferenceThird Shanghai International Library Forum
CountryChina
Period17/08/0619/08/06

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