Robert Cartolano, former Director of the Library Information Technology Office, has been appointed Associate Vice President for Digital Programs and Technology Services, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.
"Cartolano brings to this assignment 25 years of experience working with Academic Information Systems, CUIT, and the Libraries/Information Services at Columbia, and noteworthy involvement in the national forums focused on academic technologies and research libraries," said James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian.
Cartolano, an alumnus of Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been a member of Columbia's staff since 1986, when he joined Academic Information Systems as a programmer/consultant. Additionally, he held the roles of Manager of Academic Technologies and Senior Director of Client Technology Services for Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT).
Since joining the Libraries in 2007, Cartolano has developed and managed many major projects, including a digital preservation storage system, the opening of three new digital centers, managed desktop services, CLIO Beta and CLIO New Arrivals, as well as numerous software and online application systems.
"Digital technologies are transforming academia," Cartolano said. "I'm excited to be working with our exceptional staff to further advance teaching, learning and research and deliver innovative services for faculty and students."
His position was effective February 1, 2012.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.