ACRL STS Research Committee Science and Technology Section

Featured Paper Submission 2

  • 1.  Featured Paper Submission 2

    Posted Jan 08, 2010 09:17 AM

    Title: Digital Directions in Academic Knowledge Management: Opportunities and Visions for Digital Initiatives at XX

    Abstract: Digital projects have been the focus of many academic and research libraries jumping on the digital bandwagon, but in most cases, the primary mission was to convert print, analog, and film-based content into digital formats and prepare them for online access.  The LSTA grants from the IMLS as well as several other federal grants from the NHPRC, NEH, and other agencies have positively impacted this trend to digitize masses of historical material.  However, fewer institutions have taken these endeavors to new heights with focus on knowledge management on top of rich layers containing information and data. XXX is an eminent example of what can be accomplished through close collaboration of the library and technologists.  Academic institutions have much to benefit from knowledge management, and with a growing camp of academic institutions adopting business-like practices, there are new opportunities for digital initiatives (DI) departments to collaborate across the organizational gamut.

    In addition to conventional digital projects, the XX department at XX have envisioned and proposed new projects to deliver knowledge to the organization.  Such projects require collaboration (and cooperation) from units like Information Technology, Systems Library, Center for Creative Instruction, and teaching faculty.  The XX department has proposed a number of different KM-focused projects to support teaching and research: Business Philanthropy Digital Library, Geospatial Knowledge-Sharing Environment, the Solar and Renewable Energy Collaboration, Archival Material Tracking Database, and more underway.  These projects emphasize the role of digital projects in a transdisciplinary and interdomain environment where knowledge exchange and transfer are essential to the academic environment.  

    The paper will focus on these projects and proposals in a knowledge architecture with considerable potential for growth.  An important argument is raised that each institution must develop its own knowledgesphere that places a high value on collaboration of cross-functional and transdisciplinary teams in the Science departments. 



  • 2.  RE: Featured Paper Submission 2

    Posted Jan 13, 2010 01:04 PM

    Looks interesting. If accepted, could we request that the author(s) focuson the two projects that would be of particular interest to Science Librarians?



  • 3.  RE: Featured Paper Submission 2

    Posted Jan 14, 2010 07:18 AM

    Have these projects actually been done?  Not entirely sure what they're actually doing/wanting to do.



  • 4.  RE: Featured Paper Submission 2

    Posted Jan 14, 2010 11:25 AM

    This proposal exceeds the required word limit as specified in the instructions and should not be allowed.  EG



  • 5.  RE: Featured Paper Submission 2

    Posted Jan 14, 2010 11:52 AM

    Once again a long one:

    Over 250 word limit, use of acronyms without actually defining them (I did figure them out but still..). I think I would like to see this one rewritten and explain how it relates to libraries. The digital initiatives section could be left out and knowledge management and data sharing could then be the focus. I do not see this one as a featured paper unless it is better developed and meets the criteria better.

    I still am not sure what the presenter is trying to get across other than knowledge based architecture will be important in the future. Did not do a good job of demonstrating how it relates to libraries. It seems to be corporate in nature.