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The media library solved this problem by working with the RWJMS Audio-Visual Department to extend the existing audio feed from the lecture hall directly into a computer in the media library.
In 2008, the media library was moved out of the RWJMS Office of Education and into the RWJMS Office of Information Technology (OIT) as a result of a larger administrative restructuring at RWJMS.
Clearly, the RWJMS Media Library digitization project helped not only students and faculty, but the library itself.
The RWJMS Media Library has taken several years to perfect the digital audio-recording system.
Because upgrades to the lecture-taping service required reliance on the advice and skills of other departments at RWJMS, the media library has had to adapt to working more closely with employees outside the library.
For thirty years, RWJMS faculty did not seem to mind having their lectures recorded and distributed via cassette tapes.
Support came in the form of upgraded computers and technical advice from the RWJMS Office of Education and the RWJMS OIT.
The transformation of the RWJMS Media Library service to provide digital media for download to students and faculty alike has proved to be more than an application of new technology, rather it has been an exercise in change management that has strengthened the library's position in the school, which in turn has led to a more sustainable future.
Just as the RWJMS Media Library has created a pathway to a sustainable future, other school libraries may achieve similar results by making meaningful use of technology and following a few principles of change.