Managing Personal Information and Knowledge Needs

I am honoured to have been asked by the Network for Information and Knowledge Exchange (NetIKX) to give a talk/presentation at their AGM on 29th September about the challenges facing information professionals in today’s digitally connected world. Exciting times – challenging times. Has there ever been a better time to be an infiormation professional?

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Managing personal information and knowledge needs and NetIKX AGM

Speaker: Stephen Dale, Mark Field

Date: 29-09-2010

Location and time: The Intellectual Property Office, 21 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3HF, (nearest underground station Tottenham Court Road)

Successful organisations and the individuals within them need to adapt to an increasingly challenging environment. The challenges are not only economic, political, social and technological, but also related to the wealth (and volume) of information and knowledge available to us. This exponential growth in the information and knowledge we receive and generate daily, making sense of the content, indeed sifting through the content to find the nuggets of value, and then managing it appropriate is increasingly a challenge. It demands new ways of working.

Thriving as a 21st Century Information Professional
Stephen Dale. The volume of information continues to grow at an exponential rate; new tools, products and web services appear almost daily. The recession has hit hard but nothing seems to stem the tide of innovation. If anything, the economic climate has fuelled even greater innovation and allowed companies to be even more radical in the way they use the information tools and platforms now available. These are challenging times for the information professional. We all need to be able to work smarter, acquiring and developing the skills to become more effective knowledge and information workers. The talk/presentation will pinpoint the tools and behaviours that can help us develop and sharpen our skills and embrace the opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing now available. Specifically:

how to develop the filters and lenses to overcome ‘information overload’

understanding the barriers to engagement and collaboration and how to overcome them

how we can break down the information/knowledge silos that exist in the organisation

how ‘Web 2.0’ and ‘Social Media’ tools can support personalized learning and self development

Mark Field. Knowledge management teams have been seen as specialist function delivering a set of discreet services. This raises the question of who actually “owns” knowledge management in organisations. Mark’s presentation will challenge us to:

Consider where knowledge management should sit and more importantly what would make that ‘place’ sustainable: capable of generating business value and improving exploitation of corporate knowledge?

Consider how we raise the overall level of competence in managing and exploiting personal knowledge in the organisational setting, such that the individual benefits from the transaction

Consider how we are able to harness and co-ordinate the enabling functions for meaningful personal knowledge management

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