Employment

Data and Project Analyst, Equinox Software

March 2016 – Current

Manage migration of integrated library services to the Evergreen ILS, primarily data through SQL and Perl scripts.  Act as consultant and developer for clients on a variety of special projects from building custom patron loaders to bibliographic de-duplication to policy consolidations.

Director of Operations for SCLENDS

June 2011 – March 2016   

Responsible for migrations, reports, contract negotiations, special projects and overseeing help desk needs for the SCLENDS public library consortium as well as being a liaison to the greater Evegreen open source community.

Manager of Headquarters Library and Reference Services

York County Library System, South Carolina

March 2012 – February 2016

Oversaw public service staff and building operations for the headquarters of the York County Library System as well as adult collection management and implementation of electronic products.  Supervised circulation, reference, outreach, bookmobile, security, custodians and courier.  Acted as interim Deputy Director during their leave of absence and oversaw IT and Maintenance as well.

Director of Information Technologies and Innovation

South Carolina State Library

March 2011 – March 2012

Acted as Operations Director for SCLENDS, approved E-Rate filings later in my term there, served on several state acquisitions committees and the state E-Rate committee as well as overseeing IT department of the State Library and acting as a consultant for public libraries.

Systems Administrator & Librarian

Florence County Library System, November 2008 – March 2011

Responsible for the LAN, WAN, AV systems, a dozen servers, over three hundred desktops and all the technology needs of a public library system with over 300,000 patron visits a year.  Manage a team of four professionals including a staff trainer, technology librarian, web master and desktop specialist as well as the six staff members of the headquarters computer public services department.

Self Employed Consultant, July 2007 – October 2008

Worked with clients on a variety of needs to supply services through remote technologies.  I mostly worked with educational interests connecting with students.  I’m especially proud of being a stay at home dad during this time as well.

Automation Support Coordinator / Manager Virtual Village, June 2009 – June 2007

Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County

Worked as a reference librarian with focuses on literature, arts, copyright and trademark research.  Maintained desktop computers and associated technology needs at main library and several remote locations.  Later moved to the Virtual Village Communication Center (“V2”).  Responsible for developing technology services for cutting edge facility meant to provide computer access, publishing, web development, music composition, video editing and adaptive technologies along with daily classes in a dedicated training space and programming for the emerging digital culture.  Responsible for training staff in supporting public service goals related to emerging technology and developing new automation systems to minimize downtime and supervised three full time and five part time staff.

 

Awards

Library Journal Mover and Shaker – 2011

New Leaders for South Carolina Libraries – 2011

Publications

 

“Sound and Fury: Buying Open Source vs. Proprietary ILS” 

by Rogan Hamby

Computers in Libraries, July/August 2013

A discussion of breaking down the modern process of selecting an ILS and simplifying it based on practical assumptions of library needs.

“Tech Trends: What’s Coming to a Second or Third Screen Near You”

by Rogan Hamby

Computers In Libraries, December 2012

A short article previewing upcoming trends in the technology field and how they will impact library services.

“The Consortial Effect in Detail: The SCLENDS Experience”

by Robert Molyneux & Rogan Hamby

Library and Book Trade Annual, 57th Edition, 2012

Instead of accepting common preconceptions about the behavior of different sized library collections in a union catalog and sharing consortium we look at the actual data.  Some evidence suggests that common sense is wrong.

10% Wrong for 90% Done : A Practical Approach to Collection Deduping

by Rogan Hamby

Computers in Libraries, May 2012

A look at a new approach to bibliographic de-duplication using the idea of just a few data points to generalize profiles of bib records rather than assuming they must be finger printed.  Academically interesting, yes but this also has massive impacts on cost of cleaning up databases for better user experiences and producing better access to materials.

“South Carolina’s SC LENDS: Optimizing Libraries, Transforming Lending”

by Rogan Hamby, Ray McBride & Maria Lundberg

Computers in Libraries, October 2011

A brief over view of how SCLENDS has used Evergreen to transform public libraries for it’s members.

“iReference: A Case Study”, by Rogan Hamby & James Stubbs

Library Journal, May 2010

 

Presentations

“Choosing Community”

Presented as part of the California Academic and Research Libraries webinar series “So You’re Thinking of Upgrading Your ILS”

http://tinyurl.com/l2hmx7v

“SCLENDs Becomes a Reality”

Presented at the 2nd Annual International Evergreen Conference

http://www.slideshare.net/roganhamby/sclen-ds-evergreen-2010-conference-presentation

“10%Wrong, 90% Done: A Practical Approach to Bibliographic De-duplication”

Presented at the 3rd Annual International Evergreen Conference

http://www.slideshare.net/roganhamby/10-wrong

“Becoming our Own Vendor: Adopting an Open Source Culture”

Presented at the 3rd Annual International Evergreen Conference

http://www.slideshare.net/roganhamby/becoming-our-own-vendor

“Everything a SysAdmin Needs to Know About Cataloging but Was Afraid to Ask”

Presented at the 4th Annual International Evergreen Conference

“SCLENDS : The Toddler Years”

Presented at the 4th Annual International Evergreen Conference

No slides yet.  The discussion was about the major milestones of a young consortium and how we are leaving those and becoming more cyclical as a mature group.  Nearly half of SC now!

“There and Back Again : The Networking Needs of Evergreen”

http://www.slideshare.net/roganhamby/there-and-back-again-the-networking-needs-of-evergreen

Presented at the 4th Annual International Evergreen Conference, a  networking panel discussion of various topics.  I really regret not having audio of this one.

“Lose the Desk : Mobile Technologies and the Future of Reference Services”

Presented at South Carolina Library Association 2011

I’ve done a great variant of this with a lot of different material for non-librarian crowds since I did this presentation that has been great and helped spark conversations with other agencies that compete with libraries for the attention of the public (e.g. public radio and TV) about how to handle change and approach the future.  I really should load those separately on Slide Share.

“A Dozen and One Things You Need to Know about Copyright”

Presented at the South Carolina Library Association 2012

I never did get around to adding citations for this one and I’ve had to add copious notes for updates if I do this one again.  As it was, important news came out the very day I did my first presentation of this.  In the days since I’ve done this for staff development days and found that IT crowds especially have responded well to it and I’ve loved the give and take of folks asking how what kinds of works are covered by copyright and how to approach public services issues with it.  Certainly, there are difficult areas as perfect public service would be to ignore copyright and then destroy the very foundation of the materials we serve people with.

“Fight the Future”

Presented at the South Carolina Library Association 2012

This was very much the counter point to the Lose the Desk presentation I had done at SCLA the previous year, looking at why traditional library services still have value and holding onto those core library values while adopting new technologies is the only way we will survive the future.

“Envisioning Evergreen: Charting the Course to 2020” 

Panel Discussion at 5th Annual International Evergreen Conference

“From Inspiration to Implementation”  

Panel Discussion at 5th Annual International Evergreen Conference

“There and Back Again, Again” 

Follow up our presentation at last year’s conference, again presenting with Galen Charlton and newly Robin Jonson.  Presentation at 5th Annual International Evergreen Conference

“Failure of Tradition: How Copyright is Being Forced to Change in the Digital Age”

Presented at SCLA 2014, discussing how common misunderstandings about copyright have created social norms that are being forced to change as technology among content consumers changes social expectations about how copyright should work.

“SQL: There and Back Again”

A hands on four hour workshop on SQL in the Evergreen database using example requests from attendees to show both the logic, syntax and mental process of writing queries.  We will discuss both Postgres and Evergreen conventions.  Presented at the 6th annual international Evergreen conference.

“Welcome to the Evergreen Community”  

A panel of speakers that welcome new members to the community, give a brief run down of Evergreen’s history, explain the governance and means of communicating within the community.  Presented at the 6th annual international Evergreen conference.

“Adding Data Sources to the Reporter” 

A presentation on the pros and cons, project managements and technical impelmentation of different methods of adding custom data sources to the reporter.  Technical level: moderate to low.  Presented at the 6th annual international Evergreen conference.

“SQL For Humans”

Interactive workshop introducing SQL concepts and exploring advanced concepts done as a pre-conference workshop at the 7th annual international Evergreen conference.

“A Tale of Two Consortiums”

A look at holds patterns between the SCLENDS and NC Cardinal consortiums, what we can generalize from their data and the more questions that are created than answered.  Hopefully we will be able to follow this up with a further exploration in the future that includes more data sets and more variables accounted for.

“The Usual Suspects: Bibliographic De-duplication”

A pre-conference looking at de-duplication methods in Evergreen.  It starts with a high level look at match points and approaches to de-duplication especially the identification of unique record versus identification of described item approaches as well as some common assumptions and pitfalls in each approach. We then move onto looking at issues for de-duplication in migrations versus ongoing maintenance. Finally we look at some of the common tools and approaches for de-duplication and how they might be changed based on the preferences described earlier in the pre-conference as well as the pros and cons of doing it in external scripts versus in database merging.

“Reporting on ROI”

A presentation foregoing the technical or hands on methods of reporting and instead looking at a high level at the kinds of data you can get out of Evergreen and how it can be combined with external sources of data to show the value a library generates.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, President Tau Sigma Delta

Minors: Computer Science, Sociology

Coker College, Hartsville, SC

June 1997

 

Masters of Library and Information Science

Davis College, University of South Carolina

May 1999