Make IT Happen
by Dick Kaser
At CIL, we’re always all about library technology. It’s in our slogan. And we often discuss the technologies at play in today’s libraries and the people who make those technologies rock. This edition puts the spotlight on those who make IT happen, namely library IT staff.
In this issue, I’m proud to present an article that proposes a matrix for determining which functions should stay with campus IT and which functions should be assigned to specialists in the library. It’s proposed as a working document for further discussion by collaborating authors Rick Robison, John Wenzler, and Joe J. Marquez (of Diablo Valley College, California State University, and Reed College, respectively).
While the paper places emphasis on those in libraries who manage content and operating systems, other articles in this issue feature library IT experts in practice. In today’s libraries, IT is not just about information technology anymore. Sometimes, it’s about managing and teaching others how to use high-tech equipment, as was the case at Southern New Hampshire University, when library staff members found themselves suddenly making room for a 3D printer and an innovation lab. You won’t believe how they justified the investment. The authors, Jennifer Harris and Chris Cooper, say it’s just what libraries do.
Inveterate library IT tipster Jessamyn West has some hacks this month for correcting social network no-nos with banning and blocking techniques.
Columnists Marshall Breeding and Terence Huwe have waxed philosophical in this issue, as they encourage you to partner with your IT vendors and evolve your IT strategy by modeling it after the web’s own curve.
It’s a mashup of content this month as we look at all aspects of library IT. Thanks to all those in libraries who make IT happen. Enjoy the read.
Dick Kaser, Executive Editor