Systems Librarian Role

Jim Richards jrichards at
Wed Dec 10 05:34:05 EST 1997

This is something that my staff and I have been trying to prove to "higher
parties" for a while.  Was that 50 machines in one building or 50 machines  in
the whole organization?  Any help on this subject would be greatly
appreciated.  Thanks.

Jim Richards    Network Administrator
Naperville Public Libraries

Isabel Danforth wrote:

> A number of people asked me to let them know when I found the source of m=
> y
> staffing ration.  Here it is.
> At the suggestion of Donna Miller of Avon Public Library, I called Laurel
> Goodgion of the Portland public library.  She was the source of my hearsa=
> y
> about the ratio of 1 full time staff person for 50 computers.
> This summer she attended the "Leadership in Technology Institute".  There
> Diane Mayo, of Information Partners Inc. spoke about managing technology
> under the topic of writing technology plans.
> A paraphrase of her quote was:
> As a rule of thumb, you need  one full time employee for every 50 compute=
> r
> in the library.  If you become a =91network nazi=92 and insist that all
> machines are identical, then 1 person  for every 100 machines may suffice.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Isabel L. Danforth   Reference Librarian, Wethersfield Public Library
> danforth at     Coordinator of Librarians' Online Support Team
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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