Description

This book presents a series of case studies from systems librarians all over the world. It documents how the profession has changed in recent years with the introduction of new web technologies services such as hosted databases that are supported by vendors rather than in-house, as well as shifts in technology management. New skill sets are constantly being added as systems librarians become much more versed in dealing with service providers outside the library as well as training and supporting their traditional constituencies.

Key Features

  • Written by practitioners in the field who have real world experience
  • Draws on a wide authorship to show how different perspectives can colour the perception of similar issues
  • Provides real world scenarios where challenges in the field have been met and overcome

Readership

Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

About the authors

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1: Digital culture: the shifting paradigm of systems librarians and systems departments

Introduction

Cultural evolution and development of system departments

The future

Conclusion

Chapter 2: Patchwork redux: how today’s systems librarians enrich the weave of library culture

Chapter 3: Library automation and open source software in Italy: an overview

Chapter 4: Geeks and Luddites: library culture and communication

Introduction

Definitions

Shift in focus from library processes to services

Reference

History of library information technology

Role of the systems librarian

Communication between general librarians and systems librarians

Conclusion

The Current Environment

Chapter 5: The status of the field

Previous research

Who we are

Conclusion

Appendix

Chapter 6: Building winning partnerships with vendors

Understanding the vendor’s business

Respect

Communication

Collaboration

Chapter 7: Enterprise computing and the library: managing the transition

Chapter 8: Doing more with more: systems, services and emerging technologies

Introduction

Systems

Services

Emerging technologies

Conclusion

Index

Details

No. of pages:
138
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2010
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
Print ISBN:
9781843345985
Electronic ISBN:
9781780630410

About the editor

Edward Iglesias

Edward Iglesias is the Systems Librarian for Central Connecticut State University as well as the CONSULS consortium. He is a regular presenter at Library conferences and published in the field on topics ranging from XML Topic Maps to managing Content Management Systems.