Convergence of Libraries and Technology Organizations

New Information Support Models


  • Christopher Barth, Luther College, USA

This book describes and discusses the convergence of library and technology support in higher education. 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 continuing disruption of the Internet and digitally-based 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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Information professionals; Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science


Book information

  • Published: June 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-616-6

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.