The InfoNexus 2016 Organization Committee is proud to announce Jean Archambeault as a speaker at InfoNexus 2016! Jean Archambeault will be speaking about Uncertainty and Future-Oriented Thinking for Knowledge Management. Here’s what he had to say about himself and his topic.
In my PhD student role, my research interest evolve around epistemic and experiential constructs of uncertainty, and particularly positive uncertainty, creativity and tolerance to uncertainty in anticipatory knowledge contexts (the production of knowledge about the future). There is a conception of uncertainty, in LIS and in other domains, predominantly framed as negative, strongly associated with affects such as anxiety, doubts, confusion or as a deficiency that can be reduced by information. I can flesh out a typology of uncertainty and demonstrate that uncertainty reduction is appropriate in certain contexts, while uncertainty is irreducible or even desirable in other contexts.
This has implications for information professionals and can link it to future directions for expertise and services as experienced in my current role as Director, Information and Analysis Services at the Knowledge Management Branch of the National Research Council Canada. I am leading the Intelligence and Analytics program, currently staffed by about 30 people: 20 Information Specialists, 7 Strategic Information Specialists and Coordinators. Currently, I’ll have a MLIS, 2 have a Phd in Information Studies from McGill.
We are excited to welcome Jean and his expertise to InfoNexus!