Managing Knowledge and Scholarly Assets in Academic Libraries: Issues and Challenges

Managing Knowledge and Scholarly Assets in Academic Libraries: Issues and Challenges

Bhojaraju Gunjal (National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1741-2.ch013
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Abstract

Knowledge Management (KM) aspects have prominent role in corporate sectors since many years. But there is an opportunity in higher education sector (i.e. in academia) especially to adapt the strategy in libraries to manage intellectual or scholarly assets of an organization. This chapter is intended for library professionals, knowledge managers, students and other communities planning to implement the knowledge management aspects in libraries. The objective of this chapter is to provide insight on strategic approach for successful implementation of knowledge management in libraries. It caters to library and KM professionals who want to improve their understanding of the vital role and implementation of KM aspects in libraries. In this direction, this chapter provides ideas to its readers about the approaches about strategy and innovative measures, practical applications, tools and technologies, platforms, challenges, and issues, change management and other related aspects required for Library and Information Science (LIS) and Knowledge Management (KM) professionals.
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Managing Knowledge And Scholarly Assets In Libraries: An Overview

Academic libraries do possess both explicit ad tacit knowledge available in various forms. Explicit knowledge is available in institutional repositories, and tangible items of library resources whereas the tacit knowledge is embedded in the working processes of faculty, research scholars and experienced employees of an organization.

Digital Library Federation (2002) defines Digital Libraries (DL) as:

organizations that provide the resources, including the specialised staff, to select, structure, offer intellectual access to, interpret, distribute, preserve the integrity of, and ensure the persistence over time of collections of digital works so that they are readily available for use by a defined community or set of communities (Waters, D 1998).

This definition involves three key components, which constitute the theoretical framework underlying digital libraries, namely: people; information resources; and technology.

Correlation Between KM and Library Activities

Knowledge Management (KM) involves the components such as people, process, and technology. The above definition of DL comprises of people; information resources; and technology. This correlation may be illustrated in Figure 1.

Figure 1.

Correlation between Knowledge Management and Library activities

Source: Adapted from Gunjal, B (2006).

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