2007 Annual Report

Committee Charge:

“Information Technology Committee shall serve as a focus for the exchange of information about automation and information technology; increase understanding of its impact upon library personnel and service to users; seek to increase the cooperation among SUNY libraries, computer centers, and other information-based units in the development/acquisition of university information systems; and establish liaison on automation and information technology with other SUNY professional organizations as appropriate.”

  1. The Future of the Committee

It is questionable to me as to the need for this committee to continue. Despite continued requests for several years to get direction from the executive board, none has been forthcoming. Participation by members of the committee has been lacking as well. Part of that is due to a lack of direction or clear tasks assigned by the board or suggested by committee members. The committee can serve as a tool for keeping SUNYLA informed about new technologies and developments such as Library 2.0. In order to do that, the committee needs to have a membership willing to take some time to examine what is just over the horizon and to discuss what that might mean for libraries and for SUNY.

  1. How is the committee doing — The Charge:
  2. “exchange of information about automation and information technology”  Grade of C.

This is occurring to a limited extent with the wiki at http://sunylanewtechwiki.pbwiki.com/ . However, contributions by SUNYLA librarians are not at the levels needed to provide a useful source of information. Very few librarians have taken the time to tell others what they are doing. How do we increase this level of participation? All would benefit from more information.

  1. “increase understanding of its impact upon library personnel and service to users”  Grade of D minus.

I am at a complete loss on how to get this type of discussion going. People seem unwilling to participate even those there is a great need for this discussion.

  1. “seek to increase the cooperation among SUNY libraries, computer centers, and other information-based units in the development/acquisition of university information systems” Grade of B.

The committee has been very successful over the years in this function.Cooperation between libraries is a given within SUNY.What is lacking in this area is finding ways to share or implement new technologies such as wikis or blogs in a systematic way sharing servers for those with such servers.My hope was to find a way to get campuses with such services to provide those services to the “have nots.”I asked ITEC about such services but they never got back to me on it.

  1. “establish liaison on automation and information technology with other SUNY professional organizations as appropriate”  Grade of B.

This function has shifted over to other groups within SUNY such as the former SUNY ALEPH Users Group. Are there any other organizations the committee should be contacting?

  1. Web Site: The web site has been moved to http://www.sunyla.org/it/index.html.
  2. E-mail List Management

As chair of the committee, I continue to manage or assist in the management of the following lists housed at ITEC.

  • · suny-acq-l Acquisitions list
  • · sunyaug SUNY ALEPH Users Group
  • · sunyaugeb SUNYAUG executive board
  • · sunyla_autocom IT committee
  • · sunyla_libweb library web
  • · sunyla_lic Instruction committee
  • · sunylac Council List
  1. The future?

The council and executive board need to discuss the role of this committee and decide if it should be continued or suffer the same death as previous SUNYLA committees that could not get members to participate.

Submitted by,

Bill Drew

Chair, SUNYLA Information Technology Committee

bill.drew@gmail.com