I think Mary poses a very intriguing question (see snip below from her message). I do not track institution-specific knowledge at my hospital, but have often wondered how I might go about it, and to what end. I think this activity may have possibilities for positioning the library as central to "knowledge management/sharing" of institution-specific knowledge at the hospital. But at a community hospital, what is the return on investment? Would the info be used, and how? What would be the best way to track and make accessible such info? Would it best be managed in a database, or would a Web 2.0 tool be a better match? I guess the answer to that question would depend on how and for what purposes the tracked and shared institution-specific knowledge is being used. If I spend my time creating and maintaining a database of institution-specific knowledge, what would be the value to the organization? How would it be used, or searched? Would such a database be integratable into the clinical info system here at my hospital? I have been trying to figure out how I can add value to the hospital's clinical info system/electronic medical record system. I think the hospital librarian needs to be contributing value to the clinical info system, and this might be a way. Perhaps a Web 2.0 tool would be a better way to manage the institution-specific knowledge Mary describes... maybe a social networking tool? I have wondered about the possibilities for MicroSoft Sharepoint also for such a project... I read with interest and appreciate the postings so far in response to Mary's question. Has anyone tackled such a project at the community hospital level? Thanks. Kelly Klinke, MLS, AHIP Librarian, Health Resource Library Liberty Hospital 2525 Glenn Hendren Dr. Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 415-7778 or (800) 203-9094 phone (816) 407-2030 fax [log in to unmask] [snip] ---- Original Message ----- From: Mary Loftis <[log in to unmask]> Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008 4:07 pm Subject: CHAT: Tracking Research To: [log in to unmask] Hi All - I've just been asked to start tracking research posters,papers, etc. that are done by residents, and possibly attending physicians. By any miracle, does anybody do this in your institution? [snip] -- -- Liberty Hospital Confidentiality Notice: The information contained in this e-mail transmission is confidential information, proprietary to the sender and legally protected. Its purpose is intended for the sole use of the individual(s) or entity named in the message header. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, copying or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you received this message in error, please notify the sender of the error and delete this message and any attachments.