Do IT librarians not teach staff how to use new software? Do IT librarians
not provide digital access? I have done three major software upgrades this
calendar year alone, all of which included a significant amount of teaching
staff how to use our new ILS, for example. And who knows the amount of
hours I have spent teaching students how to resize their PDF or how to
install print drivers on their laptops.
I'm not sure everyone would agree with "IT as Librarianship without concern
for teaching and access."
On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:22 AM, Cornel Darden Jr <[log in to unmask]>
> When I think of IT and Librarianship I don't see a huge difference. I see
> librarianship as IT without in depth computer skills. I see IT as
> Librarianship without concern for teaching and access but major concerns
> about security.
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Sep 3, 2014, at 2:18 PM, Michael B. Klein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I was talking this afternoon with a friend of mine about what makes a
> > Director of Library IT. Does the job lie more within librarianship or IT?
> > (Depends on the library.) Is there a natural separation between the
> > "Library IT" of ILS/MARC/e-resource/circ. technology maintenance and the
> > "Traditional IT" of network management, staff and public workstation
> > provisioning, telecom, etc? (Also depends on the library.)
> > I know a lot gets said (here and elsewhere) about Technology for
> > - important skills and standards, what's
> > important/useful/trending/ignorable, and the like. But I'd love to start
> > discussion (or join one, if it already exists elsewhere) about the other
> > side of things - the library-specific stuff that experienced IT folks
> > need to learn or get used to to be successful in a library environment.
> > just technical stuff like MARC, but also ethical issues like fair use,
> > information privacy, freedom of access, and the like.
> > Of course there are plenty of snarky answers, and I welcome them all, but
> > some constructive input would be nice, too. :-) I hope to compile a "So
> > You're an Experienced IT Worker/Administrator Who Wants to Work in a
> > Library?" wiki page with pointers to resources.
> > So there's my vague intro. Have at it, code4lib.
> > Michael