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What Libraries and Information Professionals Can Learn from Knowledge and Project Management
17th BOBCATSSS Symposium (2009)
  • Edwin Cortez, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Monica Colon-Aguirre

Few professions have seen as rapid change over the past several decades as the field of library and information science (LIS), due mainly to information technologies. Computers not only provide the backbone of today’s libraries and information agencies, but they are also changing in fundamental ways how these organizations operate. Dennis Lee et al., in their article “Critical Skills and Knowledge Requirements of IS Professionals” (1995), espouse the view that these changes in information technologies and their use create different demands on and new expectations for the jobs of information professionals in such organizations as libraries and other information environments. Employers, educators as well as students have raised concerns regarding the knowledge and skills that are required for information professionals to function effectively in these changing environments, as well as how university and corporate training must be revised to meet the changing needs. Two areas useful for building the needed skill sets are knowledge management (KM) and project management (PM). The purpose of this paper is to investigate the application of KM and PM practices best suited to meet the challenges confronting librarians and information professionals in today’s workplace. Four broad categories of critical KM and PM knowledge/skills will be examined. 1) technical knowledge; 2) administrative knowledge 3) social knowledge; and 4) system knowledge.

  • project management,
  • knowledge management,
  • knowledge workers,
  • information professionals,
  • ITC competencies,
  • LIS education,
  • library and information science
Publication Date
January, 2009
Citation Information
Cortez, Edwin M., Colon-Aguirre, Monica. “What Libraries and Information Professionals Can Learn from Knowledge and Project Management.” 17TH BOBCATSSS Symposium. January 28-30, 2009. Porto, Portugal.