Innovative knowledge Utilization through information transfer: A new relationship between libraries and user organizations

Celeste P.M. Wilderom*

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Abstract

In our rapidly changing environment, both profit and non-profit organizations confront an increasing demand for technological, economic, and social innovation. In response to this demand, organizations are taking on the role of "change agents" by transforming existing practices into innovative action. Libraries, as centers that accumulate and disperse knowledge, can support these organizations in their "change agent" roles. This paper delineates the way public libraries can help organizations meet the increasing need for external information associated with innovation. Policy issues concerned with efficient information transfer to user organizationss are specified, and two concrete examples of information transfer systems are described. In order to best utilize existing knowledge, personal-professional assistance in selecting potentially innovative, impersonal written materials is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-68
Number of pages12
JournalKnowledge in Society
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1988
Externally publishedYes

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