Librarians and IT: Mixing Oil and Water?

Logistics
Day: 
Tuesday
Time: 
11:15pm
Room: 
Truman A
Computer: 
I can use the Podium PC (with Windows)

The most common higher education departmental merger is that of the library and the information technology department (Hardesty, 1998). Unfortunately, the merger of these two departments has been cited as a source of conflict within the organization (Renaud, 2001; Wagner, 2000). No quantitative evidence existed regarding the actual levels of perceived conflict between these two groups or the degree to which levels of conflict differ between the two groups. This session will present quantitative research on the conflict levels that exist between librarians and IT professionals, explain the reasons animosity may exist between the two groups, and end with a discussion of library and IT dynamics in your institutions and possible solutions.