Target Audience: Library managers and directors; technical services librarians; research managers; library staff responsible for implementing software and/or working with vendors to implement online services
1) Participants will be able to provide IT with the information they need to facilitate a smooth implementation of a product or online service, as well as provide IT with proper requirements for any custom development work that the library needs.
2) Participants will strategically examine the skills of the library staff in order to describe them in a way that will resonate with technology executives.
Sometimes it seems as if librarians are from Venus and technologists are from Mars. This highly interactive session will explore two aspects of partnering effectively with IT. Learn how you can position the library to play a strategic role in firm technology initiatives and be a savvy consumer of IT services. A CIO for a large firm will talk about how his world changed when the library was added to his areas of responsibility, what his world is like now, and what he looks for in partners on technology initiatives. A director of knowledge management and library services at a large law firm will explain how the librarian’s skill set brings value to technology projects. Learn strategies to position the library as a "go-to" resource for technology projects, such as enterprise search, intranets, precedent collections, and mobile technology. A panel of IT professionals will candidly discuss how to get the support you need for building a custom application, integrating data from your library systems into your portal, or implementing commercial products on the firm’s network. This is your chance to ask the questions you would love to pose to your IT colleagues. A glossary of technical terms, a checklist for implementing software, guidelines for developing a requirements document for a custom database, and other tips will be provided so that you are well prepared when asking IT for help with a project.