Friday, January 09, 2009

More on the Library/IT Relationship

As a followup to the Tech Therapy podcast on libraries and IT, the Chronicle's Wired Campus blog published this letter to the editor about the library/IT relationship. The authors, the Dean of Libraries and the CIO of Indiana University, describe the essential nature of our partnerships:
As traditional boundaries of the two groups blur and we act jointly to address common needs of our communities, we must also strengthen our relationships with each other and our institutions. The result will be revealed in bigger and greater actions to the benefit of not only the users on our own campuses, but also the academic and scholarly communities worldwide.
It's interesting to note that for the first time, this year ARL has a metric for collaboration. So in addition to measuring collections and budgets and other typical things in our statistics, we are now looking at collaborative relationships as well. How wonderful (and how necessary) that we are recognizing the importance of partnerships in building successful campus services.

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