History of the KM Community

SLA Knowledge Management (KM) Community Mission and History

Updated 11 January 2021

The SLA Knowledge Management Community is a group of information professionals and students involved in this dynamic and rapidly changing field. Whether you are new to Knowledge Management (KM) or an experienced practitioner, the KM Community offers its members access to a network of colleagues with similar interests and an active program of continuing education and professional development.

The Knowledge Management (KM) Community focuses on the characteristics and processes through which organizations facilitate the creation, sharing and use of knowledge. Each year at SLA Annual Conference, the KM Community hosts informative sessions: https://kmeducationhub.de/special-libraries-association-conference-and-info-expo-sla/


  • 1980-2008: Operated as section of LMD
  • April 28, 2008: Established as division, split from LMD
  • 2008: Knowledge Management/Knowledge Services training certificate classes begin
  • October 20, 2010: Created KM Records Management Section which ceased some years later 
  • June 2018: KM Guru Stan Garfield presents at SLA Annual Conference (sponsored by KM Division)
  • December 2019: Knowledge Management/Knowledge Services certificate courses cease
  • January 2020: Name change to Knowledge Management Community


  • 994  as of 6/22/2013
  • 437  as of 12/20/2020