1st International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
The conference was well attended by renowned academics, practitioners, policy makers and students from all specializations of information and knowledge management. The participants were drawn from within and without the country; some of the countries represented were Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Austria and Sweden.
While opening the conference, TUK Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics, Research and Students, Prof. Paul Shiundu explained that the conference came at the opportune time given that information and knowledge are the key pillars of organizational performance, excellence, competitiveness, growth, innovation and client satisfaction.
The keynote speaker at the conference, Prof. Adeline du Toit who is an Extraordinary Professor of Knowledge Management at the University of Pretoria asserted that knowledge is the only sustainable competitive advantage of the future organisation driven by the knowledge worker.
“The only thing that gives an organization a competitive edge – the only thing that is sustainable – is what it knows, how it uses what it knows, and how fast it can know something new”, she stated.
The conference provided a platform for scholarly discourse on information and knowledge management; networking and alliance building; as well as benchmarking and knowledge exchange. The deliberations were wrapped around the conference subthemes which included indigenous knowledge; e-governance; records management; information and knowledge management education; social media in information and knowledge management; knowledge sharing and diffusion; role and impact of information and knowledge centres; digital trends in information and knowledge management; legal and ethical issues in information and knowledge management; as well as the emerging trends in libraries and information centres. A total of 50 full papers were presented at the conference. The papers will be published as an edited book once the review process is completed.
The conference was preceded by a one-day roundtable on information ethics in which the participants shared experiences and insights on how best to mainstream information ethics in the research, education and practice of information and knowledge management in the digital age.