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Blending Libraries and IT Organizations

Jan - 29 - 2008
Nicole C. Engard

There will be an interesting discussion later this week on Blending Libraries and IT Organizations:

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 (The Chronicle, 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 :)

4 Responses so far.

  1. Dauna says:

    Wow, what a big step!

    Today I found out my library offers downloads of audio books. So now I’m faced with the decision of whether to listen to the new book I really want to read, or try and find its paper form. It’s amazing how libraries are changing with technology. Which I knew, but it always means more when you find an example. It seems like another step into the future when all books will be downloaded.

    Sad in a way. I think I’ll miss paper books.

  2. Dauna says:

    Wow, what a big step!

    Today I found out my library offers downloads of audio books. So now I’m faced with the decision of whether to listen to the new book I really want to read, or try and find its paper form. It’s amazing how libraries are changing with technology. Which I knew, but it always means more when you find an example. It seems like another step into the future when all books will be downloaded.

    Sad in a way. I think I’ll miss paper books.

  3. We circled the part about eliminating the ‘chief’ librarian and handed it to our director. She had a good laugh. Since libraries are increasingly becoming access points for the internet, it would not be a bad thing to have tech-support right there as well for when the computers go kaphewy. I can see it working as long as the first proposition isn’t to eliminate the librarians!

  4. We circled the part about eliminating the ‘chief’ librarian and handed it to our director. She had a good laugh. Since libraries are increasingly becoming access points for the internet, it would not be a bad thing to have tech-support right there as well for when the computers go kaphewy. I can see it working as long as the first proposition isn’t to eliminate the librarians!


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