Tech Administrator Interview

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A summary of my interview of a technology Administrator
by Thomas Kozak

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Tech Administrator Interview

  1. 1. Tech Administrator Interview by Thomas Kozak LIS 630 10-03-2010
  2. 2. Computer Lab/Job Help Center <ul><li>Located in the main branch of a metropolitan library system, the Job Help Center offers dedicated and extended computer sessions for patrons working on career development and applying for jobs. </li></ul>“ ...to assist patrons in their job search, offering 3 hour computer sessions, resume and job search assistance, classes, job search software and more.”
  3. 3. Job Responsibilities <ul><ul><li>Monitor the usage of the space  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan and adjust services to react to changes in use. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach - be part of the network of job support organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn't make purchasing decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT or Public Services make these decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes recommendations for technology to purchase </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Technology Skills <ul><li>Personal Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Browsers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eMail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Print Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Event Scheduling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Desired in Staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Well-rounded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. &quot;What technology-related proficiencies do you wish that more people in the library possessed?&quot; <ul><ul><li>Basic computer skills! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Saving files </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Using the keyboard and mouse </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is part of the training the Job Help Center provides </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. &quot;Are there technologies that you would like to see added to the library?&quot; <ul><ul><li>RFID </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Point-of-Sale software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online courses </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Keeping up to date <ul><ul><li>Not a lot of time to spend researching new technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webinars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What other libraries are working on (Professional literature) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How have libraries changed? <ul><ul><li>Traditionally libraries were about research and lending out materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology has shifted libraries away from that into more of a role as a social center. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Crossing the digital divide - a big responsibility for libraries </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Tech Impact on Your Job <ul><ul><li>Online job applications required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware changes - floppy drives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scanning and online storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web services for job-hunting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social media and streaming content </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Open-Source Software <ul><ul><li>Open-Office available on all machines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not really aware of any other open-office options or trends </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Final Thoughts <ul><ul><li>Hands-on work incorporating trends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not a lot of time to spend being cutting-edge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dealing with a population that lacks basic skills </li></ul></ul>

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