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Authors: Neelameghan, A.
Chester, Greg
Keywords: Rural and marginalized communities
Information needs
Information service
Interaction and communication
Information and communication technologies
Information literacy
Issue Date: Nov-2008
Publisher: Library & Information Science Unit, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya
Abstract: This paper focuses on and discusses the knowledge, competencies, and qualities necessary for information professionals, knowledge managers and others undertaking information provision and knowledge management among, rural and indigenous communities especially in developing countries where knowledge societies are emerging. We propose that it is useful and possible to widen the scope of knowledge management (KM) beyond the enterprise environment, applying it to community knowledge, taking into consideration not only the Collaborative and Semantic dimensions but also the Structural/Organizational, Technological, Policy, Legislative, Cultural, Spiritual, Space, and Time dimensions. This implies trans- or multi-generational transference of knowledge both formal and informal. These factors may play an enabling role or create barriers to communication and knowledge transfer. The common characteristics of rural, native communities need to be understood and the valuable tacit environmental knowledge acquired by indigenous communities need to be shared and used for the benefit of the nation as a whole and the global community of nations and nation states. The need to create the means and methods of accessing, acquiring, disseminating and using such knowledge for the good of the society at large are considered to be within the scope of the work of information professionals and knowledge managers. The problems and barriers in interacting with indigenous and rural people and the role of emerging information and communication technologies in reaching out are examined. Enabling the rural community members to become information literate to seek and obtain the information they need and ensuring that they are not exploited, but that they benefit from and enjoy their participation in the national development process through appropriate information services. All these are an integral part of the information literacy of the professionals. In designing and developing programs for the education and training (formal and informal) of information professionals, knowledge managers, and extension workers to perform effectively with indigenous and rural communities, the inclusion of the topics suggested in this paper are worth considering
Description: In Towards an information literate society: proceedings of the International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society, ICoLIS 2008, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 18-19 November 2008
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/303
ISBN: 978-983-43491-0-3
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