Submission Deadline: 19 April 2019

IFLA Journal

IFLA Journal and IFLA’s Knowledge Management Section are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue focused on Knowledge Management (KM). 

Managing institutional knowledge is increasingly recognized as a crucial element in improving competitiveness, innovation, and creativity. Libraries seeking to be resilient organizations in a quickly and unpredictably changing world know that KM is essential to their internal management strategy, and librarians in particular have the necessary skills and competencies to put it into action. Libraries contribute to their parent institutions by helping them to develop their own approach to KM, providing them with methods and tools to address their own development, and transform themselves in a transforming world.

As the number of knowledge workers increases in all sectors, practicing effective KM requires attention to human resources, a mature use of technologies and the ability to deploy effective processes.

IFLA Journal invites papers for a special issue focused on Knowledge Management across all continents. We intend to gather the latest theories, research, and practices from libraries and information professions to further the discourse on the current state of Knowledge Management in libraries and other information-rich institutions. We are particularly interested in articles employing quantitative or qualitative research methods in their approach to knowledge management. 

Guest Editors:

Leda Bultrini
Operating Systems and Knowledge Management, Director
ARPA Lazio (Regional Agency for Environment Prot.)

Wilda Newman
Information Resources Manager
Knowledge Resources Associates, LLC
United States

Mary Augusta Thomas
Deputy Director
Smithsonian Libraries
United States

Jennifer A. Bartlett
Interim Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning, & Research Division
University of Kentucky Libraries
United States

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of Knowledge Management and knowledge managers in organizational change management and fostering innovation
  • Connections between KM, open access, intellectual property, privacy, and institutional integrity
  • The implementation and use of social media, blogs, intranet, and other platforms to share knowledge, improve collaboration and team spirit, and involve colleagues and communities
  • Methods of teaching, coaching and mentoring knowledge workers, including job-shadowing programs
  • KM in academic curricula, and continuing training for knowledge managers
  • KM approaches in multicultural environments; diverse KM approaches in different socio-cultural environments
  • KM and digital scholarship: a possible alliance to face new challenges (new forms of publications, content curation, big data, research data services…)
  • Success and failures in KM

Submission Deadline:

Articles for the special issue should be submitted to IFLA Journal for peer review before 19 April 2019.

How to Submit a Manuscript

IFLA Journal is hosted on ScholarOne™ Manuscripts, a web based online submission and peer review system SAGE Track. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines, and then simply visit the IFLA Journal Manuscript submission webpage to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is possible that you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact Steven Witt, Editor of IFLA Journal: [email protected] or Guest Editor, Leda Bultrini: [email protected]

For instructions on formatting your manuscript please consult the submission guidelines.

About IFLA Journal

IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries. The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally. All articles are subject to peer review. Articles are published in English. Abstracts will be translated by IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) into the other working languages of IFLA—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish—for publication.

IFLA Journal is published by Sage Publications and is the official journal of IFLA, and has an international readership consisting of academic institutions, professional organizations, and IFLA members who all receive a free subscription to the journal.

Each issue of IFLA Journal is made available Open Access upon publication on IFLA’s website.  Authors are also encouraged to make the accepted version of their manuscripts available in their personal or institutional repositories.

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