[Web4lib] blue sky thinking
Amy De Groff
degroffa at hclibrary.org
Wed Jul 26 15:04:11 EDT 2006
Heavens -- I can't imagine functioning w/o a programmer!
I have pushed HARD to have my programmer (a PHP expert / genius) work
CLOSELY with our cataloger. I think they are both on the shy side,
preferring keyboards and monitiors to people, but it is working.
They've both learned a lot from each other -- both have found ways to
use their skills to help the other solve a problem.
If we stay in silos we are doomed. Besides, we'll get all pasty looking
from lack of oxygen/ sun/ etc.
Amy Begg De Groff
Library Technology Services Department Head
Howard County Library
e-mail: degroffa at hclibrary.org
John Fereira wrote:
> McHale, Nina wrote:
>> At Computers in Libraries this past March, there was a session about
>> how to communicate with IT folks. There were a few minutes left after
>> the presenter finished, so he asked the audience to share their
>> experiences on the topic. One guy raised his hand, and said, "Get IT
>> people to come to your conferences! I'm not a librarian; I'm IT
>> support, and I've learned so much about the way you all think!" The
>> room broke out into applause.
> I've been following this thread with interest as I also work in IT.
> In my case, however my unit library (1 of 20 on campus) has a fully
> staffed IT department consisting for 5 full time programmer/analyst, a
> unix system administrator, a public access computing support person, a
> staff computer support person, and an operations manager. In addition
> to my programming/systems analysts responsibilities I am also the
> technology strategist and a system architect in the group.
> About five years ago I attended a LITA conference. I attended
> sessions for two full days and in almost every one of the them there
> was a common phrase used. That was, "you don't have to be a
> programmer to do this" or something along those lines. After two day
> of hearing that I made sure that I filled on my conference evaluation
> form where I mentioned the oft-used phrase and the alienation I felt
> because I *was* a programmer. Looking over the attendance lists
> showed that I was one of only a handful that, according to the
> provided job titles, was an IT person. In other words, if increased
> participation from IT people (support and developers) is desired then
> a welcoming environment needs to exist rather than a "we can do this
> without programmers" mentality.
> To be fair, I attended a LITA conference a couple of years ago and
> there seemed be a much higher representation of IT people and much
> better communication. In fact, I did a collaborative presentation
> with Eric Morgan at that conference.
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