Robert Cartolano Appointed Director of Libraries Information Technology Office (LITO)

NEW YORK, October 18, 2007 Robert Cartolano, former Senior Director of Client Technology Services at Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT), joins Columbia University Libraries as Director of the Libraries Information Technology Office, effective October 1.


"We are absolutely delighted that Rob Cartolano has joined the University Libraries as Director of the Information Technology Office,” said Patricia Renfro, Deputy University Librarian. “Rob's experience in planning, implementing and managing major campus wide computing initiatives is immensely valuable as we move into an increasingly complex and fast moving technology environment. In his role as Director Rob will be leading our thinking on technology infrastructure for all parts of the Information Services organization."

Cartolano has been a member of Columbia’s staff since 1986, when he joined Academic Information Systems as a Programmer/Consultant. Most recently he was Senior Director of Client Technology Services for Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT). He received his MS in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1988 and holds a BS in Computer Science also from Columbia. Cartolano attended the Frye Leadership Institute in 2001.

“The rapid advance of technology in libraries and in the academic world makes my job very exciting, said Rob. “I am looking forward to advancing the use of technology in order to better serve the entire community.”

As Director of the Libraries Information Technology Office, Cartolano will coordinate and support the technology infrastructure for the Information Services organization. His will oversee the planning, implementation, and operations for all aspects of the Libraries’ integrated management system and related applications, from desktop and administrative technology services to applications development supporting internal library operations. Cartolano will work closely with technology leaders in the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Libraries Digital Program Division and Columbia University Information Technology.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

10/18/07 LMK