Creating Alliances with the Overlapping Fields of IT and Librarianship


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Joel Battle, School of Library and Information Studies,
Texas Woman’s University; Sian Brannon, Libraries,
University of North Texas; Kelly Brouillard, Lewisville
Public Library; Greg Hardin, Libraries, Texas Woman’s
University; Kris Helge, School of Law Libraries,
Texas Wesleyan University; and Valerie Hill, Ethridge
Elementary School, Lewisville ISD.

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Creating Alliances with the Overlapping Fields of IT and Librarianship

  1. 1. Creating Alliances with the Overlapping Fields of IT and Librarianship Presented as part of a panel:Greg Hardin Texas Library Association Annual ConferenceTexas Woman’s University Libraries April 18, 2012Denton, Texas Houston, Texas
  2. 2. “[Academic and research libraries] do not have an inherent path of evolution; their future, particularly more than a few years out, is going to be shaped largely by the evolution of scholarly practice and the scholarly communications system and the evolution of higher education institutions and the higher education system.”Clifford A. Lynch Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
  3. 3. The Overlapping Fields of I.T. and Librarianship
  4. 4. "8 Things We Hate About IT" * Librarians hate when IT... IT Leaders hate when librarians...Service or Control is overly bureaucratic and control make half-baked requests and are oriented clueless about impactResults or Respect consists of condescending techies treat IT professionals like who don’t listen untrustworthy servant-geniesTactics or Strategy is reactive rather than proactive develop plans without including ITExpense or Investment proposes "deluxe" when "good focus on costs not value enough" will doQuickness or Quality doesn’t deliver on time change their minds all the timeCustomization or Standardization doesn’t understand the true needs want it all – right now – regardless of the business of ROIInnovation or Bureaucracy doesn’t support innovation arent IT smart and don’t use or understand IT systemsGreatness or Goodness inhibits change are never satisfied with IT
  5. 5. Service or ControlLibrarians hate is overly when I.T.... bureaucratic and control orientedI.T. leaders hate make half-baked when librarians... requests and are clueless about impact
  6. 6. Results or RespectLibrarians hate consists of when I.T.... condescending techies who don’t listenI.T. leaders hate when librarians... treat IT professionals like untrustworthy servant-genies
  7. 7. Tactics or StrategyLibrarians hate is reactive rather when I.T.... than proactiveI.T. leaders hate develop plans when librarians... without including IT
  8. 8. Expense or InvestmentLibrarians hate proposes "deluxe" when I.T.... when "good enough" will doI.T. leaders hate focus on costs not when librarians.. value
  9. 9. Quickness or QualityLibrarians hate doesn’t deliver on when I.T.... timeI.T. leaders hate change their minds when librarians... all the time
  10. 10. Customization or StandardizationLibrarians hate doesn’t understand when I.T.... the true needs of the libraryI.T. leaders hate want it all – right when librarians... now – regardless of ROI
  11. 11. Innovation or BureaucracyLibrarians hate doesn’t support when I.T.... innovationI.T. leaders hate arent IT smart and when librarians... dont use or understand IT systems
  12. 12. Greatness or GoodnessLibrarians hate inhibits business when I.T.... changeI.T. leaders hate are never satisfied when librarians... with IT
  13. 13. ITopiaDo you know the way to ITopia?
  14. 14. "Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time."Lyndon B. Johnson
  15. 15. Thank You!Greg
  16. 16. ReferencesCramm, Susan. (2010). 8 Things We Hate About I.T.Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press.* (reproduced from Table I-1, p.5)McGeary, Timothy M. (2011). Applying Lessonsfrom 8 Things We Hate About I.T to Libraries.Code4Lib Journal Issue 13.