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#SLAtalk: Get to Know KM with SLA’s Knowledge Management Division!

The term knowledge management is used a lot in the library and information science world. But do you truly know what it means and how to use it?

Get the scoop about KM from SLA’s Knowledge Management Division during our hour-long Twitter chat. Members of the KM Division will be participating in the chat to engage you and answer your questions. Learn everything you wanted to know about KM, but didn’t know how to ask!

Wednesday, July 22
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
What time is that where you are?
► Follow @SLAhq on Twitter and use #SLAtalk to join the conversation.
► New to Twitter chats? Read “How to #SLAtalk.

Q1 (first 15 minutes): Is there a definition of knowledge management that resonates with you? One you’ve read? One you’ve developed yourself?

Q2 (second 15 minutes): Are you responsible for areas or products in your workplace that are considered knowledge management? If so, which ones (e.g., maintaining an expertise database, researching and writing lessons learned, etc.)?

Q3 (third 15 minutes): What KM strategy or technique do you find most valuable in your organization? How does that work for you and your organization?

Q4 (last 15 minutes): Which resources do you use to learn about or sharpen your KM skills? Experts, here’s your chance to share some books/articles/Websites/social media you use to stay on top of KM!

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Networking: A Skill, Not a Personality Trait

Want to land a better job, get more professional recognition, and earn more money? It’s largely a matter of who you know—and who knows you.

According to Ronald Burt, a professor of sociology at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and an expert on network science, being in an open network—that is, continually meeting new people and exposing yourself to new ideas—is a leading predictor of career success. People with better networks, in other words, receive higher performance ratings, higher compensation, and better job opportunities.

SLA member Leslie Howerton-Hicks learned this lesson firsthand after being laid off from a public library due to budget cuts. A staffer at a large athletic apparel company—someone she knew from her networking activities—told her of an opening at the company. The job was not labeled a library position, so it was not advertised on any library job sites. She applied for the position, and her contact talked to the hiring manager before Leslie interviewed. The result: Leslie was hired as the footwear materials librarian, a position that aligns well with her professional goals.

Leslie recounts this experience in “Network Like Nobody’s Watching: Demystifying Networking as a Skill for the Librarian and Information Professional Community,” a contributed paper she co-wrote with Tracy Z. Maleeff, the library resources manager at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia. The paper was judged the best of the 12 contributed papers presented at the SLA 2015 Annual Conference, earning Leslie and Tracy free registration to the SLA 2016 Annual Conference.

“Networking is the most important weapon in your career arsenal, no matter what stage of professional development you are in,” the paper states. “… It is a skill that can be particularly difficult for information professionals to master. Too often, the label of ‘introvert’ will be used as an excuse as to why someone hasn’t mastered this skill. In this paper, the important of networking as a skill, not a by-product of a personality trait, will be discussed.”

To read this or any of the other 2015 contributed papers, click here. To learn more about contributed papers, click here.

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Conference Attendees Show Their Spirit

From before it officially opened to the moment it closed, SLA’s 2015 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Boston lived up to its theme.

Urged to “Be Revolutionary,” conference attendees did just that. Dozens of them showed up for the SLA Board of Directors meeting on Saturday, June 13, and several spoke during the open comment period. That spirit carried over through the Annual Business Meeting, the last official session of the conference, when a standing-room-only crowd packed the ballroom to hear a presentation about the association’s finances and ask questions of SLA leaders.

Proposed changes to SLA’s structure and operations inspired some of the attendees’ behavior, but the conference itself provided plenty of fuel for revolution as well. The opening and closing keynote speakers offered visions of new roles and career survival skills, while sessions and meetings (some of them in new formats) explored topics ranging from entrepreneurship to mind maps to digital preservation to genetic mutations. The INFO-EXPO, meanwhile, played host to more than a dozen new exhibitors (165 overall) as well as 10 “Quick Takes” sessions, a format that had proved popular at SLA 2014 in Vancouver.

For more information about the conference, read the press release. To view handouts and other materials from conference sessions, visit the SLA 2015 online schedule.

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