Knowledge and Special Libraries

1st Edition

Series: Resources for the Knowledge-Based Economy

Authors: Suzanne Connolly James Matarazzo
Paperback ISBN: 9780750670845
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 29th December 1998
Page Count: 272


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Formerly, a library was viewed as a place for information storage and information was viewed as simply bits of data. Furthermore, many wielded information as a tool of power, in that those who had more information had more authority. It is becoming increasingly clear that shared collective knowledge of an organization is of far greater value than that of each individual's privately held data. In view of the librarian's changing profession, it has also become clear that they are now being charged with the mission to explore and implement new and innovative methods to encourage sharing and to better manage information.

The articles selected for this compendium are well thought-out and organized and are drawn from the fields of information and library science and business management. Since most special libraries are corporate libraries, the selections are taken from these different disciplines to provide perspectives from both a business standpoint and an information management one. The selections contain many different predictions about libraries and librarians of the future. They focus on new roles and highlight the importance of the profession. With the rapid growth of technology, end-users are being inundated with choices. They need expert advice from experienced practitioners. Currently, much of the literature focuses solely on the management of libraries as opposed to environment in which libraries operate. The purpose of this reader is to correct that.

James M. Matarazzo is Dean and Professor at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Prior to joining the Simmons faculty, he was Assistant Science Librarian, and later, Government Documents Librarian and Head of Technical Reports at the Libraries of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jim's research interests focus on three general issues: the closing of corporate libraries, how management values

Key Features

· The most up-to-date and most relevant articles on the subject drawn from the fields of: information , library science, business management · Unique focus on the theme of knowledge and libraries' new role/ model within corporations · Special libraries shown as a business asset


Knowledge managers, leaders, human resources, professional business trade

Table of Contents

  • Introduction INFORMATION AS A STRATEGIC WEAON FOR THE ORGANIZATION Competitive Edge in the Elements of Information Management"(Cronin, & Davenport) Information Politics"(Davenport et al) Powers of Information (Davidow & Malone) Importance of Information Services for Productivity (Koenig) How Information Gives You Competitive Advantage (Porter & Millar) THE SPECIAL LIBRARY AS A BUSINESS ASSET Toward a Better Understanding of New Special Libraries (Christianson & Ahrensfeld) the Library as a Business Asset (Greenman) Valuing Corporate Libraries (Matarazzo & Prusak) The Value of Corporate Libraries (Matarzzo & Prusak) The Librarian as an Information Source (Wilson) Information Management in Large Organizations (Woodman) A NEW MODEL FOR SPECIAL LIBRARIES Post Information Age Positioning for Special Librarians (Abram) Future Librarians (Berrings) The Electronic Librarian (Cronin) Blow Up the Corporate Library (Davenport and Prusak) Our Profession is Changing (Eddison) The Library Manager as Part of the Organization Team (Ferguson & Mobley) * Information Management: Process Review (Matarrazo)


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About the Author

Suzanne Connolly

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant at Ernst and Young

James Matarazzo

Affiliations and Expertise

Dean, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston