There will be an interesting discussion later this week on:
As technology and data become increasingly intertwined, many small liberal-arts colleges are combining their IT organizations and libraries to better serve students and faculty members. Xavier University, in Cincinnati, has embraced that model wholeheartedly (January 18). It is constructing a new building to house the new organization, has scrapped the position of chief librarian, and has reduced the number of books in its library. Xavier is determined to make the new organization work, but some colleges have seen such mergers collapse because of cultural clashes between librarians and technology workers. Will more colleges adopt a blended organization? What are the keys to a successful marriage between the units? How do the roles of librarians and technology workers change?
I haven’t read the article yet – but I will before the 31st (which is when the chat will begin). This sounds like an interesting talk – although I’m not sure what they mean by “blending” IT & Library orgs – which is why I have to read the article 🙂