CEC Faculty Articles

Title

An Investigation of a Knowledge Management Solution for the Improvement of Reference Services

Document Type

Article

Date

2009

Publication Title

Journal of Information, Information Technology & Organizations

ISSN or ISBN

1557-1319

Volume

4

First Page

17

Last Page

38

Description

This study investigated the use of the knowledge base of QuestionPoint as a knowledge management tool capable of improving reference services in academic libraries. The research addressed the problem that reference librarians continually provide ineffective service to patrons. Because of the expansive exposure to resources, it is often difficult for any individual librarian to accurately recall the best resource or answer for any specific question. While individual librarians may not recall specific information, when they collaborate with their colleagues and share their collective knowledge there is usually an improvement in the quality of service they provide. It would benefit librarians therefore, if they used a knowledge management tool that could capture and store their communal knowledge for future use. This study explored the librarians' perceptions of the benefits and problems of using the Knowledge Base of QuestionPoint and its impact of on reducing response time and duplication. The study revealed that the reference librarians did not generally use the Knowledge Base, and that there was duplication of effort and no reduction in response time.

DOI

10.28945/124

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