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Danielson, Ron

I have been Chief Information Officer since July, 2000. In that role, I lead the Information Services organization in providing academic and administrative computing, networking and telecommunication, web, instructional technology, and library services. Information Services is composed of three groups: Information Technology, Media Services, and Orradre Library.

The most strategically significant activity for Information Services is a new Library for the 21st Century. The new Library symbolizes the blending of traditional components of a humanistic education with the new opportunities provided by information technology.  The library will be an intellectual hub on campus, a destination spot for students, faculty and staff, where they can access information resources, get assistance in using those resources, and enjoy work spaces that meet the needs of both private study/research and group collaboration. It will also bring together in one physical location the various components of IS. We have just completed an Automated Retrieval System, which will become an integral part of the new Library when it is built. The ARS provides extremely dense storage for up to 900,000 volumes of lesser-used materials from the Library holdings.

Other major initiatives in IS include expanding access to administrative information through Santa Clara’s ECampus portal, and exploiting technology to enhance learning and teaching for students and faculty.

Research

Interests in: the impact of information technologies on organizations, Web-based educational tools, human-computer interaction