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IASL Research Abstracts: 161

Findings: Knowledge sharing among teachers occurs when there is extensive opportunity for social interaction among colleagues. Promotion of frequent and quality feedback, time for dialogue and critical debate, and an environment of trust foster knowledge-oriented cultures. Teacher librarians must shift from a focus on information management to knowledge management within knowledge-oriented cultures.

Abstract: This paper provides an extensive review of the literature on knowledge oriented cultures then describes a qualitative study conducted within this framework. Findings about the conditions under which knowledge-based cultures develop and are maintained are reported, and implications and specific strategies for the changed role of the teacher librarian in such cultures are provided. See:

Langford, L. (2005). Connecting and making coherent teachers' knowledge: Building a knowledge-oriented culture. In S. Lee, P. Warning, D. Singh, E. Howe, L. Farmer and S. Hughes (Eds.) IASL Reports 2005: Information leadership in a culture of change. Erie, PA: International Association of School Librarianship.

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