Re: IT Organization Plan (Dan Lester) ERCELAA@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu 17 May 2002 21:51 UTC
Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 15:21:13 -0600 From: Dan Lester <email@example.com> Subject: Re: IT Organization Plan (Andrea Hall) This is fascinating. It isn't uncommon for such mergers of all "information technology and services" to happen these days. They would generally include all the types of things you list. My observation on such things over the last dozen or so years I've been aware of them is that there is a core of institutions where the merger has taken place and stayed in place. In others, it is tried for a while and then reverts to a more traditional arrangement. It seems that every year a few do this merger and a few break it up. However, what is weird on this one is the idea of all of the rotation. I'm a big fan of cross training and of staff learning all that they can. However, that doesn't mean that a good reference librarian will ever become a C++ programmer, or that the programmer will ever be a decent cataloger. It is certainly good to learn about how the others do their work and what they do, but I doubt that very many programmers want to become reference librarians or vice versa. If this actually comes about, I'll be interested in how fully the cross training and rotation of duties actually happens, and what the results are. Regardless, it will take the good will and trust of all the participants for it to be successful. cheers dan Thursday, May 16, 2002, 12:50:21 PM, you wrote: EcVE> Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 14:29:02 -0400 EcVE> From: "Hall, Andrea" <ahall@MADONNA.EDU> EcVE> Subject: IT Organization Plan EcVE> We are in the process of an Information Technology organizational plan EcVE> which would merge the library with Media Services, Academic Computer EcVE> Services, Techology Learning Services, Information Systems, and Web EcVE> Development. The result being all team members would rotate amoung the EcVE> various IT areas. Our director would like to know if any library has EcVE> undergone this process and how it is working now. What is the feelings EcVE> among the library staff? What about the patrons? How long did it take EcVE> from start to finish? The projected time for us is 2003-2004. What about EcVE> cost? Were any jobs eliminated in the library as a result? EcVE> We would appreciate any comments and opinions. EcVE> You can send your email directly to me. -- Dan Lester, Data Wrangler dan@RiverOfData.com 208-283-7711 3577 East Pecan, Boise, Idaho 83716-7115 USA www.riverofdata.com www.gailndan.com Stop Global Whining!