Blending Libraries and IT Organizations: A Chronicle Brown Bag

The Chronicle of Higher Education is hosting a Brown Bag [old link] next Thursday, January 31st (11:00am CST) on blended information organizations … from the Chronicle:

As technology and data become increasingly intertwined, many small liberal-arts colleges are combining their IT organizations and libraries to better serve students and faculty members. Xavier University, in Cincinnati, has embraced that model wholeheartedly (The Chronicle, January 18). It is constructing a new building to house the new organization, has scrapped the position of chief librarian, and has reduced the number of books in its library. Xavier is determined to make the new organization work, but some colleges have seen such mergers collapse because of cultural clashes between librarians and technology workers. Will more colleges adopt a blended organization? What are the keys to a successful marriage between the units? How do the roles of librarians and technology workers change?

The session will feature Gene Spencer, the former CIO at Bucknell University