Personal Knowledge Management in Outreach and Instruction

Personal Knowledge Management in Outreach and Instruction

Mary Axford (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA) and Crystal Renfro (Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/IJDLS.2015010103
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The role of librarians today continues to evolve in response to the needs of their academic community. Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is one example of an untapped arena for outreach and instruction for librarians. To fully embrace this new facet of contemporary research and academic work will require librarians to learn new skills and utilize creative, big-picture thinking to create services and guidance for the faculty and students that they serve. This article will provide an introduction to PKM theories, exploring some of the key tools that support PKM practices. The article will present several examples illustrating some of the outreach and instruction opportunities for librarians as well as exploring some of the possible future directions of PKM where librarians could play a vital support role for their academic communities.
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Development Of Personal Knowledge Management

Buckminster Fuller (Shilling, 2013) estimated that prior to 1900, knowledge doubled about every century; however, recent estimates show that human knowledge is now doubling every 12-13 months. According to learning-centered brain research neurologist Dr. Judy Willis (2009), at any given moment only about 2,000 bits out of the millions of discrete pieces of information that a person’s senses are constantly bombarded with can reach that person’s conscious attention. The disparity between the rate of expansion of human knowledge and the ability of an individual to assimilate information cuts right to the heart of the biggest challenge of the information age.

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