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The role of the library and information science profession in managing knowledge

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dc.contributor.author Van der Merwe, Annette
dc.date.accessioned 2008-06-26T05:52:06Z
dc.date.available 2008-06-26T05:52:06Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06-26T05:52:06Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/731
dc.description.abstract The era of the knowledge-driven economy has arrived. This economy - based on what people know and are willing to share - requires an ability to find and utilise appropriate knowledge quickly and effectively. Managing knowledge is however, complex and multifaceted. In addition, a history of treating different types of information as discrete entities means that no one profession or function has taken responsibility for this process. The library and information science (LIS) profession in particular, has not even formulated a clear role for itself in this process. This dissertation asks the question why this profession - skilled in the acquisition and distribution of information - is not actively engaged in the debate. It seeks to gain an understanding of the roles, skills and competencies needed for managing knowledge and assesses the implications for the LIS profession, if its members want to play a significant part in this process. Research reflects internationally based theory and opinions. In addition, it provides empirical evidence that the majority of the sample of LIS professionals participating in this study do not play a significant role in the knowledge management environment in South African based companies. en
dc.description.sponsorship Dr. J. A. Kok en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Information science en
dc.subject Knowledge management en
dc.subject Library science en
dc.title The role of the library and information science profession in managing knowledge en
dc.type Thesis en

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