Thursday, January 08, 2009

"Letter to the Editor: Librarians and Tech Officials Must Get Along to Meet Future Challenges"

From a letter in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Wired Campus, in response to a Tech Therapy podcast: "Episode 33: Libraries vs. IT Departments":
Our experience at Indiana University shows that librarians and IT departments cannot only coexist, and do it successfully, but also that we must become assertive partners in order to achieve the results our users now expect. It’s time to move beyond the rift that apparently separates many libraries and IT departments. None of the compelling issues facing academic libraries today can be accomplished without strong support from IT departments. Among them: establishing robust institutional repositories; supporting e-science and data curation services; providing metadata and e-text consultation; growing a virtual reference community; and developing course management systems. The list goes on.

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