Originally posted 20-Oct-22

Experience

  • Principal, Bates Information Services, 1991 — Present
  • Columnist, Online Searcher Magazine, 2001 — Present

Profiles

Books

The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Making a Living Doing What You Love

Presentations and Videos

Conferences

  1. (hot topic)
  2. Getting the most from your info dollar
  3. Finding Hidden Business Resources
  1. (recap)

Other Content

Amaze Them with Library Science

We information professionals have the ability to see the possibilities in information. Just as a sculptor can look at a stone and see the sculpture’s final form, so we info pros can look at a dataset, a news platform, or the results of a query and see what we could do next with the information. Our users, conversely, are struggling to find reliable sources, stay current in their field while not getting overwhelmed with repetitive or irrelevant information, and efficiently distill and understand the meaning behind the information they have.

  • Information acquisition: Info pros know how to evaluate both the reliability and the cost-effectiveness of information sources, whereas our users are often less skilled at evaluating an information resource and determining its suitability. We can teach our users what to look for in an information source and how to compare free vs. fee-based sources, and we can reintroduce them to the library’s licensed content.
  • Information retrieval: While everyone believes they are above-average searchers, info pros really can get better results from Google than most folks. One way of getting around the assumption of expertise is to offer short video tutorials that show users new approaches for finding in-depth information in their field of interest, or customized search portals to help make the library’s power search tools no more intimidating than a Google search box.
  • Information management: Most users assume that, once a project is completed, they no longer need to retain that specialized dataset and its APIs or keep archived copies of web content. We can help build information management best practices into research projects by raising issues of retention and backup at the beginning of the project and offering guidance on the importance of information retention and interaccessibility.
  • Information tools: While users may know us as information experts, they may not realize that one of our superpowers is the ability to help users learn about new information technology and tools. We can create virtual labs and LibGuides that point users to the best resources in an emerging field, such as AI or blockchain.

Managing Institutional Knowledge and Insight

The Role of (Human) Knowledge Models

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Stan Garfield

Knowledge Management Author and Speaker, Founder of SIKM Leaders Community, Community Evangelist, Knowledge Manager https://sites.google.com/site/stangarfield/