Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

President's Message

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

President's Message

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I know the President's Message is usually dedicated to talking about where LITA is now or where we are hoping LITA will be in the future, but I would like to deviate from the usual path. The theme of this issue of ITAL is "Discovery," and I thought I would participate in that theme.

Like all of you, I wear many hats. I am president of LITA. I am head of the Information Services Department at the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University. I also am a new part-time student in the Masters of Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University.

As a student and a practicing librarian, I am now on both sides of the discovery process. As head of the Information Systems Department, I lead the team that is responsible for developing and maintaining a website that assists our health-care clinicians, researchers, students, and staff with selecting and managing the electronic information they need when they need it. As a student, I am a user of a library discovery system.

In a recent class, we were learning about the Burke-Litwin Causal Model of Organization Performance and Change. The article we were reading described the model; however, it did not answer all of my questions. I thought about my options and decided I should investigate further.

Before I continue, I should confess that, like many students, I was working on this homework assignment at the last minute, so the resources had to be available online. This should be easy, right?

I wanted to find an overview of the model. I first tried the library's website using several search strategies and browsed the resources in Metalib, the library catalog, and LibGuides with no luck. The information I found was not what I was looking for. I then tried Wikipedia without success. Finally, as a last resort, I searched Google. I figured I would find something there, right? I didn't. While I found many scholarly articles and sites that would give me more information for a fee, none of the results I reviewed gave me an overview of the model in question. I gave up.

The student in me thought: It should not be this hard! The librarian in me just wanted to forget I had ever had this experience. This got me to thinking: Why is this so hard? …

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