Invited Speech

Md. Anwarul Islam

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Knowledge Management in Library and Information Science: Hype or Hope



As a business concept, Knowledge management (KM) emerged in the early 90’s of the last century. KM is all about the systematic process of creating new knowledge, sharing/disseminating knowledge and applying that knowledge for offering value and competitive advantages to organization. As a multi-disciplinary approach, KM has got huge attention and wider popularity among the researchers, practitioners and faculties, and they continuously call for involvement of KM in their respective fields. KM as a highly multidisciplinary field spanning organizational science, cognitive science, library and information science, anthropology, sociology and other knowledge domains. Although KM is highly practiced in the business sectors, the Library and Information Science (LIS) community is also familiar with it. There have been many studies which show the relationship between KM and LIS, how these two disciplines are interrelated, KM for innovation in library services, LIS academics and practitioners viewpoint of KM in LIS. In this talk, speaker will shed light on some of the areas which would meet some queries of LIS researchers and practitioners. LIS researchers could see their visibility in KM and LIS journals. KM in LIS education, service and research is no more hype, it is hope, hope for better future of LIS researchers, students, academicians and practitioners in the 21st century.


Objectives of this talk

The participants of this conference would be able to know the phenomena of KM in LIS and get the entire picture of KM and LIS vs LIS in KM in aspect of research, education and service.
• How much LIS research has been done in KM core journals and conferences?
• How much KM research has been done in KM core journals and conferences?
• How many LIS Schools offers KM education?
• How to implement KM in universities?
• What are the KM tools that library people could use in their library activities?
• How to manage user knowledge in libraries for offering innovative services?

This talk will provide a platform for informal interaction between the LIS faculty members, students and professionals for incorporating KM in their country context. By giving some practical examples, templates, facts and figures, audiences would be able to assess whether KM is hype or hope for LIS.

Keywords: Knowledge management, Information management, Library and Information Science, LIS education, LIS research, Library service, LIS professionals, Service innovation.



Participants particularly LIS practitioners, researchers, students and faculty members.


Duration (80 minutes)

The whole session would be divided into two phases. At the beginning, speaker will deliver speech. After that individual participants collaborate and engage with KM – in an interactive discussion & Q&A. Participants will share the various ways they currently create, share and utilize knowledge in their own institutions and countries. The whole session would be 80 minutes.


Short biography of Dr. Md. Anwarul Islam

Dr. Md. Anwarul Islam is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He received his Ph.D. in 2016 from the School of Knowledge Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST). His primary research area revolves around knowledge management (KM) and service innovation, cloud service and social aspects of cognitive assistants. Under the VLIR-UOS Scholarship 2012, he was a visiting researcher for three months in University of Antwerp, Vrije Universiteit, Universiteit Gent & Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. In 2013, he received ACRC (Asian Communication Resource Centre) fellowship in Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore. In 2016, he has been awarded Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Titular Fellowship offered by the UK. Under this fellowship, he has been in School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) iSchool@UBC, University of British Columbia (UBC) as visiting researcher. He has held various leadership positions at ASIS&T – the Association for Information Science and Technology. He is one of the winners of New Leaders Award (2017-18) of ASIS&T. In 2019, he is one of the winners of SIG-III paper contests. He is now serving as a Chair-Elect of newly formed South Asia (SA) Chapter. In 2017, he was invited as one of the invited speakers in the International Conference on e-Commerce, e-Administration, e-Society, e-Education, and e-Technology (e-CASE & e-TECH) in Japan. He has wider footage of KM publications in leading LIS journals and conferences. You can get to know him more at