Naresh Agarwal, Assistant Professor
focusing in information behavior and knowledge management at Simmons College.

Implementing Knowledge Management in Colleges and Universities
Knowledge Management (KM) is a collaborative and integrated approach adopted at various levels to ensure that an organization’s knowledge assets are best utilized to increase organizational performance. While KM has been adopted in a large number of sectors and organizations, colleges and universities, and the higher education sector in general, is yet to take full advantage of the possibilities offered by KM. Also, while past research has sought to highlight the importance of implementing KM in higher education, there is a lack of a single, clear template for KM implementation that universities leaders and administrators can adopt. The research questions that the study investigates are: “How can colleges and universities successfully implement KM? What are the steps to follow, and in which sequence?”
The contribution of the paper is a practical, actionable, step-by-step plan for successful KM implementation, as well as a diagrammatic, theoretical model for KM implementation in colleges and universities. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Laila Marouf of Kuwait University.
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Katherine Wisser, Heather Soyka, Eliot Wilczek and Justin Snow
Assistant Professor Simmons College, Univ. of Pittsburg, Tufts Univ.

Ten Hut! EAC-CPF and Military Units

Military units are complex corporate bodies. They have long histories, with name changes, relationships with other units and complex internal structures. This project explores the use of Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families for the description of a military unit. Using the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, the oldest continuously serving mounted regiment in the United States Army, this team of researchers has explored the challenges presented by a complex corporate body and the opportunities offered by this standard. The presentation will include a general description of the project and its intended audience but will primarily focus on the encoding decisions used and their impact on the manipulation of XML for interaction.

Presenters present will be Wisser and Snow, project team members include Wisser, Wilzcek, Soyka and Snow.

Prof. Wisser is an assistant professor, co-director of the dual degree Archives/History program, and director of the Archives Certificate program.

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Martha Mahard

Opening New Doors: the Cultural Heritage Informatics Option

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Helen Partridge

Socially resilient: social media in times of natural disaster
Social media have emerged as powerful vehicles for allowing collaboration and sharing of information during times of crisis. This project explored the nature of people’s information experiences in social media during the 2011 Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi. Applying a qualitative research approach the project used interviews to gather data into when, where, why and how people use social media as part of their information experiences. Interviews were conducted with individuals in affected regions (i.e. Brisbane and Townsville). This presentation will report the key findings from the interviews with twenty-five Queenslanders. Nine key themes describing citizens information experience in social media emerged. The project also provides insights in the new and emerging research domain of ‘information experience.’ The presentation will discuss the current thinking and work being undertaken by QUT’s Information Studies Group into this evolving domain of scholarly enquiry.

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G Benoit
Associate Professor, GSLIS, Computer Science

Information Visualization
Information Visualization is no longer the domain of statisticians and the graphic designer. The volume of Internet-available data, the popularization of the topic, the greater ease of creating design, and more powerful computers combine to suggest that Information Visualization could be an important tool in our work and daily lives. This talk is a brief review of the background of visuals, their application in information professions, and some of the issues facing the future of InfoVis.
See the paper notes Notes Link
Slides Web site
Keynote Original slides

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Beatley Library Ebsco Discovery System Implementation Team

Practical Project Management

The Library Search (Ebsco Discovery Service) implementation working group at Bealtey library would present a panel on various aspects of practical project management. The community could come a nd learn about the history of the project and how the team and meetings were structured. Other key topics would include system integration, obstacles that needed to be addressed, and outreach to key stakeholders.
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G Benoit
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Information Visualization
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
12:00 - 12:50 pm
Palace Road Building, Room P-308
Co-sponsored by Student ASIST Chapter

 

Katherine Wisser, Heather Soyka, Eliot Wilczek, Justin Snow
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EAC-CPF For Military Units
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
12:00 - 12:50 pm
Palace Road Building, Room P-308

 

Martha Mahard
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Opening New Doors: the Cultural Heritage Informatics Option
To be announced.
12:00 - 12:50 pm
Palace Road Building, Room P-308

 

Beatley Library Ebsco Discovery System Implementation Team
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Practical Project Management
Thursday, April 3, 2014
12:00 - 12:50 pm
Palace Road Building, Room P-308
Co-sponsored by Student ASIST Chapter

 

Naresh Agarwal
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Implementing Knowledge Management in Colleges and Universities
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
12 Noon - 12:50 pm
Palace Road Building, Room P-308
Co-sponsored by Student ASIST Chapter

 

Helen Partridge, Visiting Professor (Queensland Inst of Technology)
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Socially Resilient: Social Media in Times of Natural Disaster
Monday, April 14, 2014

12:00-12:50
Palace Road Building, Room P-308
Co-sponsored by Student ASIST Chapter

 

             Since 2004, the series was created and organized by G. Benoit, with support from the GSLIS Dean’s Office.


    Research Colloquium Spring ‘14

         Simmons College
         Graduate School of Library & Information Science and Dept of Computer Science
         Palace Road Building, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115