Going fearlessly into the future
This is how the new CIO at Xavier University describes his efforts to merge the library with the IT department. He scrapped traditional library and IT units in favor of one with librarians and techies working side by side. A Learning Commons will be erected to house the organization and serve as a center for various educational programs. Users will be able to get technical help, use multimedia software, view the library's online holdings and have their reference questions answered. The library, which will be attached to the new building, is being refashioned as simply a warehouse for books. The article also describes how similar efforts at other institutions have often failed miserably, especially at larger, research-centered universities.