IKM Workshop Held at YC

By Chrystal Houston


Event organizer Dr. Rob Byrd said he was happy with the outcome of the first ever Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Workshop at York College, held earlier this week. The three day tech-stravaganza featured expert presenters discussing important new technologies and applications in the IKM field, such as Open Source and RFID. The event was held in the Cornerstone Room in the Mackey Center.


There were 11 participants from the community, campus employees and current students. Also, two prospective students attended the workshop.


“It was awesome,” said prospective student, Caleb Kniffen of O’Fallon, MO. As a web designer, Kniffen said he found the information on e-business solutions to be most helpful. “I wasn’t planning to get a four-year degree until I heard about the IKM program here…this is pretty much what I want to go into,” said Kniffen, who plans to enroll in fall 2007.


Prospective student Caleb Kniffen of O’Fallon, MO traveled more than 400 miles to attend York College’s IKM Workshop, and is now convinced YC is the place to be.

Area businesses also found the workshop helpful, as several sent employees to attend. Mark Briggs, Plant Manager for Bioiberica Nebraska Inc. of Geneva, was one such employee. “The speakers were all excellent—they were all top people in their field,” said Briggs. “They all knew their material and they all knew how to present their material well.”

The speakers were: Dr. Rob Byrd, Associate Professor of Information and Knowledge Management at YC; Ms. Paula Giovannetti, a pioneer in the field of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI); and Ms. Jo Ann Coehoorn, an expert in writing applications for electronic commerce.


Though the numbers may seem small, Byrd was pleased with the event. “I would have been happy with five or ten,” he said, noting that the workshop had a very selective audience, and that “York College is not known as the Mecca for IKM…yet.” But Byrd has big plans. “This is one more step in the process of becoming a great IKM program,” he said.