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.
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About the authors
Chapter 1: Digital culture: the shifting paradigm of systems librarians and systems departments
Cultural evolution and development of system departments
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
Shift in focus from library processes to services
History of library information technology
Role of the systems librarian
Communication between general librarians and systems librarians
The Current Environment
Chapter 5: The status of the field
Who we are
Chapter 6: Building winning partnerships with vendors
Understanding the vendor's business
Chapter 7: Enterprise computing and the library: managing the transition
Chapter 8: Doing more with more: systems, services and emerging technologies
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.