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Online Collaboration, SLA 2008

Knowledge sharing from SLA

By Emily | June 17th, 2008 | Comment?

I was so mad at myself yesterday because I forgot to bring the power cord to my computer, so my original intention of blogging live the conference yesterday was thwarted. It did allow me to enjoy the conference however, without being tethered to a computer, which does have value in and of itself. We’re also fortunate that at almost every session I’ve attended, there has been at least one person twittering. Check out this Summize snapshot of what other SLA attendees are talking about on Twitter.

On Sunday, I attended a session titled “Mapping Knowledge and Knowledge Flows”. The instructor taught some techniques for mapping organizational and social networks. One of my aha moments was that a social network chart that maps communication may look VERY different than your org chart.

So far, the highlights for me have been Dave Snowden’s talk on knowledge sharing. I highly encourage everyone to check out the podcast of his talk when it becomes available on his website, cognitive-edge.com. I know I’ll be listening to it again to capture some of those concepts I missed. One of my takeaways was that knowledge is contextual and humans best share knowledge using narrative (essentially stories). I don’t want to do a disservice to the rich and complex ideas he was talking about so I recommend reading his articles, and listening to his talk.

I also attended a great breakfast session on building partnerships titled “Building Bridges, Creating Partnerships”. Of particular interest for me was the value of virtual teams and partnerships. The slides from the presentation will be available later here: dysartjones.com.

Both Betha and I attended a session about knowledge cafes. We’re trying to learn as much as we can before the WebJunction world cafe at ALA on library 2.0.

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