Mission and Goals

The mission of LITS is to empower students, faculty and staff to use information and technologies to engage in intellectual exploration, make informed decisions, and create and share knowledge.


  • Align LITS to support institutional academic initiatives including the First-Year-Experience, Career Center, MOOCs and the co-curricular transcript.
  • Develop policies, procedures and programs to protect the sensitive information created and collected by Hamilton College.
  • Develop a comprehensive program to help students, faculty and staff develop the abilities to find, evaluate, interpret, manage, and use information to create and share knowledge.
  • Develop a plan to support changing forms of digital scholarship, including sustaining the DHi and implementing an institutional repository.
  • Provide convenient access to information resources in all formats, including print and electronic, implementing document management in administrative offices and discovery software for locating scholarly information.
  • Develop a vision and plan for future of the Burke Library as the interdisciplinary crossroads of the campus, effectively utilizing space, appropriately housing the College Archives and providing high-quality services.
  • Create a high performing organization that motivates and retains our best employees and promotes accountability and excellence in all we do.
  • Support planning and implementation for ongoing infrastructure projects including the Wellin Museum, Kennedy Center, telephone and wireless services and the renovation of Minor Theater into a residence hall.

Committee on the Library and Information Technology

  • Douglas Ambrose, chair, Professor of History
  • Dan Chambliss, Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology
  • Kristin Friedel, Registrar, ex officio
  • Annalie Garcia '19
  • Sam Pellman, Associate Dean of Faculty and the James L. Ferguson Professor of Music, ex officio
  • Karen Leach, VP for Administration and Finance, ex officio
  • Heather Buchman, Associate Professor of Music and Director of College Orchestra & Chamber Music
  • Dave Smallen, VP of Libraries and Information Technology, ex officio
  • Margaret Thickstun, Jane Watson Irwin Professor of Literature and Creative Writing
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