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Identification and Documentation of Organizational Knowledge in the Central Libraries of the State Universities of Iran: A Practical Model


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 Background and Aim: the main objective of this study was to present a Practical model for knowledge documentation at Iranian academic libraries based on Dalkir's Integrated life cycle of organizational knowledge. The other objective is to identify explicit and tacit knowledge acquisition resources. Methods: according to the survey-analytical approach, research objectives, it is applied research. The population of the study consisted of managers of the central libraries of the Iran’ s state universities. It had 172 members and based on population size and sample table of Krejcie & Morgan, 116 people were randomly selected from which 100 people responded to the questionnaire and 86. 2% of them were returned. For data collection, an electronic selfmade questionnaire with 100 questions was used. Its validity was confirmed by 8 professors of the field and its reliability, according to the average Cronbach's alpha coefficient was calculated to be 87. 45. Results: the findings of the research showed that Dalkir's Integrated life cycle of organizational knowledge affected on knowledge documentation. based on the model, knowledge documentation was predicted in central libraries. regression modeling showed that the most important stages for knowledge documentation were capturing, sharing and assessment of knowledge. the results of path analysis revealed that there was a significant relationship between all the stages of Dalkir's cycle and documentation except knowledge learning. capture and codification had respectively the maximum and minimum effect on documentation. the research experimental model composed of knowledge capture, refinement and sharing had strong direct effect, and knowledge assessment/selection and access had indirect strong effect. fifteen resources for explicit and tacit knowledge acquisition were identified and summarized in three categories: 1) resources for acquisition and registration of manager's tacit knowledge, 2) explicit knowledge resources for encoding and representation, and 3) explicit knowledge resource for web mining and data mining. Conclusion. This is the first study to documenting knowledge in the central libraries of the state universities of Iran with the aim of providing a Practical model.


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