Chapter 1: Knowledge management: library and information science writ large
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This chapter describes Knowledge Management as LIS (Library and Information Science) writ large and expanded. It describes the origins of KM and traces its evolution, pointing out that despite the large degree of overlap, KM initially developed rather independently of LIS. It was not until KM had passed through the first stage, ‘let’s get it built’ and the second stage, ‘let’s get the users on board’, and progressed to the third stage, ‘let’s arrange and organize the stuff so that they can find it’ that the extensive commonality of KM and LIS became apparent to the KM community. This chapter examines the provision for education and training for KM, briefly examines some of the participants, and points out that this role at the present time is largely served by LIS institutions or organizations that descend from the LIS community. Finally, the chapter discusses where KM will, in consort with LIS, be developing in the future, particularly in the areas of constructing the semantic web, and concept recognition and identification.

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