A common complaint among professionals (in almost any field) is that it’s hard to keep up with what’s going on. It’s no different for those of us working in KM, knowledge services, and knowledge strategy.
When we try to bring some sort of order to all the opportunities for networking, for hearing leaders in the field talk about their work, for strategic learning about how to apply what we know in the companies where we’re employed, the process becomes almost overwhelming.
A solution is at hand.
If you recall what Michael Potters had to say a couple of weeks ago (Other Voices: Michael Potters Talks about Career Branding for Knowledge Strategists), the way to get noticed is to know where to go and who to meet. And, for those wanting to pursue more strategic learning in KM, knowledge services, and knowledge strategy, to know where the learning activities are and how they can accessed.
Now, thanks to Stan Garfield, we have some good direction: “KM Communities, Conferences, Sites & Training,” a list Stan publishes at his KM Resources page. Stan is at Deloitte. His LinkedIn profile describes Stan as the company’s Community Evangelist, which sounds to me like the perfect title to describe what he’s doing for folks working in KM: “Promote and develop communities of practice, including training, leading a moderator community, and helping plan, launch, and nurture successful communities. Collaborate across organizations, try out collaboration tools, and lead and participate in internal and external communities.”
I’m impressed with Stan’s list. It’s worth a look, and I’m certainly going to be passing this link on to colleagues who ask me where to go for more information about KM and knowledge services, who’s doing what, and where the useful KM activities are taking place.
Including strategic learning. Since this is where I’m mostly involved with KM, knowledge services, and knowledge strategy development, I’m grateful to have Stan’s KM Training list (included in the list above), as I’m often asked what opportunities are out there for learning more about KM and knowledge services. Stan includes the two programs with which I’m affiliated (the SLA Click University KM/Knowledge Services (KM/KS) Certificate Program and the M.S. in Information and Knowledge Strategy program at Columbia University), and I’m grateful to Stan for including these programs. And happy to see so many good educational programs available for KM practitioners, now listed in one place.
Kudos to Stan Garfield for sharing this valuable information with us.