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What Do We Mean?: The Management of Information Organizations vs. the Organizational Management of Information?  (SIG MGT, SIG KM)
Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 1/2 Day 1:30pm-5:30pm (workshop fee)

Track 4: Information and Knowledge Management 

Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 12, 1:30 to 5:30


  • Better understanding of the relevance to researchers and managers of the relationships between the management of information organizations and the organizational management of information. 
  • A proposal for revising the SIG MGT charge to make it more relevant to researchers, managers, and professionals 
  • Proposals for collaborative activity between SIG MGT and SIG KM

This workshop will explore the differences between organizational management vs. knowledge management and the means by which the SIG MGT and SIG KM can pursue understanding of their respective domains, both separately and in collaboration with one another, so as to enhance research and discussion on the management of information and knowledge.

Discussion Questions for the speakers and session attendees include: 

  1. How should the management of information organizations vs. the organizational management of information be differentially defined? 
  2.  Why does this matter to researchers, to information professionals, or to managers? 
  3. In light of this, how can SIG KM and SIG MGT refine their charges’ scope to address overlapping vs. mutually exclusive topics? 
  4. How can SIG KM and SIG MGT coordinate their activities better? 

To address these, representatives of SIG MGT and SIG KM and session attendees will discuss and compare the charge for SIG MGT to the one for SIG KM, highlighting the two SIGs’ differences, similarities, and potential opportunities for collaboration. 

Description (240 minutes)
Each presenter will discuss his or her thoughts on the Discussion Questions and SIG Charges for up to 25 minutes. After each presentation, the session’s attendees will break up into groups of approximately 4-6 rotating members each and spend 15 minutes discussing the Questions and the remarks of presenters, who will float among the groups, for a total of 175 minutes. 

The presenters will alternate among members of SIG KM (Dr. McInenery and Dr. Koenig) and SIG MGT (Dr. Chamis, Dr. Edgar, and Ms Hall), with a member of SIG KM being presenter one.

During the final approximately 60-65 minutes the groups will summarize their discussion for all session attendees, including their recommendations for answering the final two Questions on collaboration and the SIGs’ charges, and a general discussion between attendees and speakers covering all the questions. 


Dr. Alice Chamis (25 minutes), President of Information Management Consultants in Westlake, OH. Her expertise includes information consulting, management, teaching and research.

Dr. Bill Edgar (10 minutes), Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Science Education at Meyer Library, Missouri State University. His research and teaching interests include strategic management and corporate library effectiveness.

Ms. Deanna Morrow Hall (15 minutes) is President of Corporate Information Resources, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been employed in corporate libraries, in both staff and management positions, for most of her career. Her interests involve the management of information for knowledge workers in the corporate environment, and its contribution to corporate success.

Dr. Michael Koenig (25 minutes), Professor of Knowledge Management at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. He is the co-editor of Knowledge Management for the Information Professional (2000), Knowledge Management—Lessons Learned What Works and What Doesn’t (2003) and Knowledge Management in Practice, Connections and Context (2008).

Dr. Claire McInerney (25 minutes), Chairperson of Rutgers University’s Department of Library and Information Science in the School of Communication and Information. She is also Director of The Knowledge Institute at Rutgers, dedicated to primary and applied research in understanding the knowledge flow in organizations

Members $65, non-members $75, before September 4, 2011
Members $75, non-members $85