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News: CCC’s “Beyond the Book” – Specialized Librarianship and KM/Knowledge Services in Africa

Guy St. Clair

GRATITUDE – CONFIDENCE – HOPE The words come from Stephen Kizza, a librarian with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Kampala, Uganda. In his correspondence and writings, Kizza signs off with a phrase that is both poignant and meaningful to strategic knowledge professionals, particularly those dealing with Africa and KM/knowledge services in the research and business communities of the nations of Africa: “Look backwards with gratitude, upward with confidence, forward with hope.” Could there be any stronger motivation for us? Could there be any better way to describe our aspirations for our work in Africa? At the recent Special…
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Knowledge Strategy Development: Lessons Learned

Guy St. Clair

A six-month project to develop knowledge strategy for an international organization has been completed. As with similar assignments relating to  knowledge strategy, one is left with both a sense of accomplishment that the big job is finished and a certain sense of sadness that the job is no longer the focus of one’s professional life. Implementation will move forward, and change – both cultural change and structural change – will be managed with the expectation that organizational effectiveness will be enhanced. It is a good time for reflection, to think about lessons learned. And what might be shared with other…
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Advice for a New NGO – or Any Organization – for ICT/KM/Knowledge Services Strategic Learning

Guy St. Clair

SMR International colleagues and clients are aware that Information Africa Organization (IAO) is a new nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Africa. The organization’s focus is on youth, and specifically on strategic learning and training in ICT, KM, and knowledge services skills for African young people. SMR President Guy St. Clair is an IAO volunteer, using the SMR International site to report on the organization’s progress and, as appropriate, providing consulting and advisory services. With the former, SMR has published both an e-Profile and a special report about the organization and expects to continue bringing attention to IAO through the SMR’s work…
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