LC21 by Committee on an Information Technology Strategy for the

By Committee on an Information Technology Strategy for the Library of Congress, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council

A document by means of the Committee on a knowledge expertise technique, the pc technology and Telecommunications Board, the fee on actual Sciences, arithmetic and purposes, and the nationwide study Council, at the approach presently utilized by the nationwide Library of Congress, and improvements that have to occur in that method. Softcover.

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Retirements should instead be viewed as opportunities to hire staff with the qualifications in librarianship and technology needed to meet the digital challenge, and reengineering should be rewarded when senior management allocates staff positions to units. Finding: The National Digital Library Program has managed to attract an excellent and effective technical staff. The hiring of temporary “not to exceed” staff and contractors with special skills necessary for NDLP was accomplished rapidly. Recommendation: The idea of greater reliance on outsourcing and contract employees should be pursued.

Recommendation: Current staff of the National Digital Library Program should be aggressively recruited for retention and assimilation into the broader Library staff. 16 LC 21: A DIGITAL STRATEGY FOR THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Professional Development and Organizational Learning As a consequence of the digital revolution, the Library will need to change its core work processes in a fundamental way in the new decade. Commensurate changes in the capabilities of the staff and the structure of the institution will be needed.

18 LC 21: A DIGITAL STRATEGY FOR THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Finding: Priority setting within the Information Technology Services Directorate is largely free from review by senior management. Finding: The current level of attention to technical vision and strategy within the Library is not adequate, and the flow of information and ideas from the library community and the information technology sector at large into the Library needs to be enhanced. Recommendation: The Library should establish an information technology vision, strategy, research, and planning (ITVSRP) group.

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