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The Library Information Technology coordinates three areas of activity in the Library:
Library Information Technology includes people, technology and services of all types, on this campus and world-wide.
We work and communicate effectively through both internal and external partnerships that leverage and extend our resources by combining and sharing expertise, documentation, and decision-making processes.
We continually strive to streamline the organization through common processes, procedures, and tools thus reducing consumption of resources and consolidating our efforts to lead to a greater level of service.
We respond quickly to changes in the demand for services by staying attuned to the needs of library staff and library patrons, and we keep up to date with the library information technology landscape—when it changes, so do we.
We value research and creativity, solving problems in a forward-thinking manner, and offering an environment where exploration is encouraged and mistakes are tolerated as necessary in the pursuit of progress.
We provide reliable support to Library patrons and staff by responding quickly, communicating clearly and accurately, thinking and acting creatively to solve problems, and offering solutions and services that address current and projected needs.
We strive to be integrated and adaptive to the needs of the Library and the campus community by leveraging resources and information technologies that promote research, instruction and service.
The University Library's Gateway website is one of the most heavily-used services on campus, averaging over 50 million visits per year. Through the Gateway the Library provides campus access to catalogs of print and digital materials (over 10 million titles), and to the online full text of over 60,000 electronic journals, over 200 abstracting and indexing databases, reference works, encyclopedias, directories and other resources.
Digital repositories not only provide an enduring storage and management environment for the Library's digital collections but also offer persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois.
To meet the specific and evolving technology needs of the library staff and patrons, Library IT has developed various customized tools ranging from online Graduate Assistantship applications to web-based bibliography system.
Library IT supports the overall Library & University vision by making the Library ubiquitous and integrated into all communities affiliated with the University, by providing technologies to support the Library's role in research, scholarship and learning, by placing user need at the heart of technology services, by fostering expertise to keep pace with technologies and by creating new systems and services while maintaining the Library’s essential technology foundation.