1. At Pacific Lutheran University, library and IT report to the Dean for
Information Resources, who in turn reports to the chief academic officer,
the provost. Which is to say, both IT and library are regard principally
as academic resources.
2. On the matter of librarians as CIOs, I think in fact the number of
librarians in this role has grown significantly in recent years (especially
on mid-size campuses) -- to the point, at least, where the Council on
Library and Information Resources now has a group of librarian-CIOs who
meet semi-annually and maintain a listserv to vet common issues.
3. The success of the librarian in this role of course depends on campus
and organization culture, but also on a structure that is highly
collaborative both within the organization and across the campus (which
arguably increases the probability of a librarian-CIO being found on a
mid-size or smaller campus). Librarians, in my experience, are often
considered attractive CIO candidates because/when they are instinctively
collaborative and (often) come from strong user-centered service cultures.
Hope this helps,
Chris Ferguson Email: [log in to unmask]
Dean for Information Resources Voice: 253.535.7505
Pacific Lutheran University FAX: 253.535.7315
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
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