The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Knowledge Management Section organized a rich program during the 2017 IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Wrocław, Poland.
On Friday 18 August 2017 the IFLA Knowledge Management (KM) Section organized a satellite preconference titled "New directions in knowledge management" at the Library of the Wrocław University of Economics. Forty attendees from 12 countries participated. The satellite preconference was coordinated by Elisabeth Freyre and Eva Semertzaki (members of the KM Standing Committee), under the leadership of Leda Bultrini (section chair). The keynote speaker, Dr. Joanna Paliszkiewicz, presented the future of knowledge management. Eight speakers shared their ideas with the audience who participated in the lively discussion after each session. The topics varied from theory to practice, from best practice examples to technological innovations (robots in libraries). In all papers the belief was expressed that knowledge management continues to be of interest to information and knowledge management centers. The sponsor of the day was Springer Nature China. All papers from the satellite preconference are available online at IFLA Library.
The IFLA KM Section held its open session (Session 230) on 24 August 2017. The topic was "How does knowledge management inform change agency?" 237 people attended the session, which was co-chaired by Liz Turner (a member of the KM Standing Committee) and Leda Bultrini (section chair). The keynote speaker, Andreas Degkwitz, talked on the "Future knowledge management: The library as a virtual makerspace." The six presentations showcased examples of knowledge management at work preparing, facilitating and augmenting change. The session program team engaged the audience with a social media Q&A to create a lasting conversation with the speakers.
The KM Section sponsors the new Digital Humanities – Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group, which held its kick-off session (082) on 20 August 2017. The topic of the SIG was "The global digital humanities and digital scholarship best practices: What is the role of IFLA and the DH/DS SIG? Lightning talks and interactive conversations." The SIG’s convener, Dr. Xuemao Wang, chaired the session. Four speakers, representing four continents, talked about libraries that have taken courageous steps to re-articulate their value propositions, re-define their roles, re-configure their workplace to re-assess their operational models, and re-purpose their spaces. The session was attended by 196 delegates.
The KM Section were awarded joint-winners of the 2017 IFLA Professional Unit Communication Award at the closing ceremony of the IFLA WLIC 2017. The award recipient was Wilda Newman (information coordinator of the KM Section). The Section was selected for its comprehensive communication plan and the use of various communication tools, such as the Newsletter and the section leaflet in several languages.
The KM Section held two business meetings to report on the activities of the 2017 conference and to plan the activities for next year. The first version of the advocacy paper for knowledge management was presented to the Standing Committee, prepared by Leda Bultrini (pictured left) and Eva Semertzaki (pictured right). It will be used as a basis to write an advocacy paper to be used by the Standing Committee members and knowledge managers to advocate knowledge management in organizations. During the second business meeting new officers were elected: Eva Semertzaki as Chair, Julien Sempere as Secretary, and Jane K. Burpee as Information Coordinator.
Submitted by Eva Semertzaki