Open Source—Pretty Simple or Simply Pretty?

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Posted by Phil Green on 8/19/2016

This is the third in a series of posts on IT and the information Professional. When I chat with information professionals and IT managers about open source software, they often talk about two key concepts:

  • It’s free
  • Bug fixes and enhancements come from the community

While both of these statements are true, they fail to paint the whole picture and hide some pretty ugly truths.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Content Management, Archives Management, IT partnership, Knowledge Management Systems, Collections Management Software, Integrated Library Systems, Museum Collections Management

IT Jujutsu and the Information Professional

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Posted by Phil Green on 8/16/2016

In my last post, I discussed the unfortunate fact that many information professionals find themselves at the bottom of the IT totem pole, and thus they receive underwhelming IT support as they attempt to build and manage world class knowledge/library systems, or special collections.

So what’s an information professional to do? Knowledge and library systems are complex pieces of technology that require IT involvement at some level. Over my career, I have observed that in departments having the best relationship with IT, the information professionals practice what I call "IT Jujutsu."
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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Content Management, Archives Management, IT partnership

The IT Totem Pole and the Information Professional

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Posted by Phil Green on 8/9/2016

I talk to lots of information professionals about IT. Some have great relationships with IT, others not so great. But if you’re leveraging technology to build and maintain your collection and information/knowledge systems—and who isn’t?—then just like death and taxes, it’s inevitable that you’ll be working with IT.

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, IT partnership

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