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Convergence of Libraries and Technology Organizations: New Information Support Models (Chandos Information Professional)


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Over the past 15 years, a number of institutions have pursued merging library and technology services into a single information support organization. These mergers have taken different forms, but all seek to redefine information support in a 21st century model that promotes the interdisciplinary use of information. The coming years will see significant change affect libraries with the increasing ubiquity of the Internet and digital services. Coupled with economic pressures, libraries and technology organizations will increasingly be forced to look closely at long-held assumptions of how their teams are organized and how work is divided and shared. Convergence of Libraries and Technology Organizations provides useful and practical guidance on converged information organizations as an effective response to change in the information profession.

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Some organizations and institutions have converged their previously independent library and technology teams into single information teams, creating a new type of organization: the information service organization. This book is designed to support institutions that are considering or already deploying a converged information service model, principally in academic settings. The book doesn't provide an exact blueprint of how the process should be done, but rather promotes discussion among campus and organizational leaders as well as library and technology staff, and gives guidelines for organizational design in converged organizations. Material is presented from the point of view of the library. The book looks at changes in professional identity, staffing for convergence, and the tension between traditional models of specialization in higher education versus the generalization needs of converged organizations. A final chapter examines future trends in the research process, the cloud, multimedia, metadata, and user interfaces. Barth is executive director of library and information services at Luther College. The book is distributed in North America by Neal-Schuman. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Christopher D. Barth is Executive Director of Library and Information Services at Luther College, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Context for convergence: Arriving at the delta
Assessing possibilities for convergence: Reading the river
Professional culture and politics: Conflict at the helm
Staffing for convergence: Crew selection
Specialization versus generalization: Crew assignments
Organizational design in converged organizations: Streamlining the vessel
The process of converging: Riding the river
Future evolutions of information service organizations: Around the bend in the river

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Barth, Christopher D.
Chandos Publishing
Library & Information Science
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Chandos Information Professional Series
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