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Social Media Book – Call for Chapters

(from the Knowledge Management Government group…) FYI:

From: John Girard [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2009 6:47 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: [kmgov] Social Media Book – Call for Chapters

Dear Federal KM Working Group Colleagues,
I would like to share with you some information about an exciting new project in the knowledge/social media domain. JoAnn and I are editing a new book entitled Social Knowledge: Using Social Media to Know What you Know. We know that many KMWG folks are working on great projects in this domain. We would be delighted if you would consider participating in the book by writing a chapter (the details are below). We would also appreciate if you would share this Call for Chapters with other colleagues who might be interested in participating. We are particularly interested in the great work that is being completed in the government sector.
John P. Girard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
College of Business
Minot State University


Social Knowledge: Using Social Media to Know What You Know

A book edited by:
John P. Girard, Minot State University, USA
JoAnn L. Girard, Sagology, USA
To be published by IGI Global: http://www.igi-global.com/requests/details.asp?ID=613
Proposals Submission Deadline: May 31, 2009
Full Chapters Due: July 31, 2009

For the past two decades, executives have struggled to develop effective ways of sharing what their organizations know. Organizational leaders are now seeking ways to share knowledge with both internal and external stakeholders driven by concerns such as downsizing, the impending retirement of baby boomers, terrorism, and a host of other organizational challenges. Despite the best efforts of many innovative leaders, few organizations have achieved the desired level of knowledge sharing. This is certainly not due to a lack of energy, enthusiasm, or excitement on the part of managers, but rather the result of immature, complicated, and expensive tools, techniques, and technologies. Equally, a culture based on a need-to-know rather than one based on a need-to-share prevented the transparency necessary to achieve organizational knowledge goals.
Today we are seeing some very promising results from third-generation knowledge projects, which focus on connecting people and facilitating collaboration. Many organizations are now reaping the benefits of using social media such as wikis for collaboration and social networking tools for connecting people. These emerging tools and techniques provide flexible, agile, and intuitive solutions for connecting people with people and facilitating coordination, communication, and collaboration.

Almost certainly, there will be some debate about the exact meaning of this term Social Knowledge – the following definition is provided to begin the debate:
Social Knowledge is the use of social media to create, transfer, and preserve organizational knowledge – past, present, and future – with a view to achieving the organizational vision.

The Overall Objective of the Book
In the fields of management, information studies, information systems, psychology etc., there exists a need for an edited collection of articles in the area of social knowledge. The book aims to provide relevant theoretical frameworks, latest empirical research findings, and practitioners’ best practices in the area. The book will be multidisciplinary in nature and will consider a wide range of topics, each of which is related to social knowledge. It is written for professionals who want to improve their understanding of the strategic role of social knowledge in business, government, or non-profit sectors.
The Target Audience
Professionals and researchers working in the field of knowledge management in various disciplines, e.g. library, information and communication sciences, administrative sciences and management, education, adult education, sociology, computer science, information technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support executives concerned with the management of expertise, knowledge, information and organizational development in different types of work communities and environments.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Social knowledge models
Defining social knowledge
Cross-generational social knowledge techniques
Measuring social knowledge success
Technology to support social knowledge
Organizational cultural considerations
Future Technologies
Generational differences
Future value of social knowledge
Barriers to social knowledge
Multinational, multilingual considerations
Best practices in social knowledge
Social knowledge preservation techniques
Historical perspectives of social knowledge
Real-world case studies

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 31, 2009, a 2-5 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by June 15, 2009 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 31, 2009. All submitted chapters will undergo a double-blind peer review after which authors will receive feedback on their submissions by October 15, 2009. Final chapters are expected by December 31, 2009. The book is scheduled to be published in 2010 (second half) by IGI Global, MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “www.igi-pub.com” claiming to be www.igi-global.com, publisher of the IGI Publishing (formerly Idea Group Publishing), Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing and Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference) imprints.

Important Dates
May 31, 2009: Proposal Submission Deadline
June 15, 2009: Notification of Acceptance
July 31, 2009: Full Chapter Submission
October 15, 2009: Review Results Returned
December 31, 2009: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document preferred) to:

John P. Girard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management
Minot State University
Minot, ND 58707
Telephone: 701-858-3194
E-mail: [email protected]
JoAnn Girard
Managaing Director
Minot, ND 58703
E-mail: [email protected]

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