November 24, 2017

Rogan Hamby | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Library Journal March 15, 2011: Rogan Hamby, Mover & Shaker

Integrator

Rogan Hamby, by job definition, is a techie. He manages all the IT needs for Florence County Library System (FCLS) and also is central administrator for SCLENDs (South Carolina Library Evergreen Network Delivery System), a consortium formed in 2009 that uses Evergreen open source software for a shared ILS. It now includes one-third of the state’s county public library systems and the state library as members.

A point person on the integration, Hamby wrote an algorithm that speedily combined and deduped 330,000 item records in online catalogs that had originated with five different ILS vendors. He’s also a hardware guy who was closely involved in the construction of three new libraries for FCLS.
Hamby admits to loving the smell of books, and his love of words is evident on his blog. As one would expect, he uses it to document Evergreen software issues, but he also ponders issues such as the fear older users have of technology.

But he’s not just nose to the keyboard; he’s a team builder. According to FCLS director and nominator Ray McBride, Hamby “has the ability to work with any group of individuals to draw on their unique abilities to accomplish any task. This skill as an outstanding project manager stands out above his many other outstanding attributes.”

He also embraces the fundamental importance of his work. Many consider open source issues as simply infrastructure, or “tangential to our core mission,” says Hamby. “In fact, these are things that will help make sure we are still here to perform those core services.” The hundreds of thousands of dollars saved by SCLENDs will go toward better user services.

Vitals

Rogan Hamby, Florence County Library System, SC

CURRENT POSITION Systems Administrator & Librarian/SCLENDs (South Carolina Library Evergreen Network Delivery System) Administrator

DEGREE MLIS, Davis College, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 1999

FOLLOW @roganhamby; roganhamby.com

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