CILIP’s 2017 Conference featured two seminars relevant to K&IM – as well as the launch of the SIG.
Stimulating and eye opening, if any in the audience were considering developing their career in IM and KM,plenty of inspiration was available.Caroline Carruthers stressed the usefulness of synthesised data in an open data world and the importance of its accuracy.Changing people’s attitudes, getting them to discardrequires an appealing transformation plan and vision. Librarian skills are relevant and this was stressed by Jeremy Foot, an IT specialist just discovering information skills and information science ! To hear him say ‘tools follow content’; ‘we need a new kind of information professional’; and ‘ information professional skills need to be recognised ‘ was music to my ears! Check out his and the Eden Smith slides for the information professional skills that these speakers think can move over –communication, logical thinking and experience in handling large quantities of information - and remember that Data Science is the sexiest job in the 21st Century!
Ceri Hughes inspired with her highlighting the work that a world class information and knowledge function can deliver and the importance of partnership with information governance in KPMG.She also highlighted the relevance of the Hawley Reportpublished in 1995 to Board directors in 2017 in terms of their responsibilities for information use and maximising the benefits from organisational information assets. Messages it’s important not to forget.Nick Milton– highlighted the development of the new ISO KM standard – and noted the need to recognise the perspectives of the tangible and the insights encompassed by the term ‘knowledge’, as well as the role of IM in the storage and accessibility of knowledge. Sue Lacey and Louise Goswami celebrated the developments of the NHS’s ‘Million Decisions’ programme with its reinforcement of LIS as health professionals who can supply the basis for evidenced decisions.
Reading slides after the event is not as good as being there – but scanning through these slide sets shouldprovide much food for thought.