Breck Witte has been appointed Director of the Library Information Technology Office (LITO) at Columbia University Libraries/ Information Services. Witte steps into this role after serving as Acting Director of LITO.
Witte holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University. He joined the Libraries in 1985, beginning as a clerical assistant for the Business Library. Witte has held a number of positions at the Libraries from Access Services to Systems Analyst, shifting his focus to library technology and information services.
Over the past 25 years, he has led many projects including the development and implementation of such services as electronic reserves, proxy service, an open URL service, offsite request system, MaRLI and LOCKSS.
"Breck has a deep understanding of how technology may be used to enhance library and information services," Robert Cartolano, Associate Vice President for Digital Programs and Technology Services, said.
He is a vital member of the University community, serving as a member of the University Senate and co-chairing the Senate Information and Communications Technology Committee. Witte also taught Information Technology and IT Project Management as an adjunct faculty member of Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education.
His position was effective August 13, 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.