The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is pleased to announce that Aaron Brubaker (MSIS ’06) has been appointed SILS director of Information Technology.
"I am very excited about this new position and happy for the opportunity to serve the School in this new leadership role," said Brubaker.
Brubaker is a familiar face at SILS, being an alumnus of the MSIS program and having worked at SILS since 2007 when he was appointed director of Instructional Technology Services and most recently as interim director of IT. As a student, he worked first as an assistant and then as a student manager in the SILS Information and Technology Resource Center.
"One of the best decisions I made was to come to SILS for my master's degree in 2004," said Brubaker. "Since then, SILS continues to be one of the organizations that I admire the most and a model of excellence in teaching and research. The quality of instruction and guidance I received as a student helped me to build on my previous professional experience and to think more broadly and critically about information problems and contexts."
In 2010, Brubaker was awarded the university-wide Individual IT Award, which "acknowledges those who provide outstanding technology service and go over and above the call of duty." Along with Susan Sylvester, Aaron recently won the SILS Staff Excellence Award for 2011 for his exceptional service to the School.
“Aaron brings experience and vision to this position that will allow us to continue to provide outstanding IT services to students, faculty and staff in the years ahead,” said Dr. Gary Marchionini, SILS dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor.
As director of IT, Brubaker is responsible for directing SILS' information technology needs, which includes negotiating licensing agreements for software and hardware; installing security patches; overseeing the management of the Help Desk and IT areas; resolving technical difficulties with servers, computers, e-mail, printing and a myriad of other IT services. He answers technical questions on a daily basis – the common answer at SILS to any technical question is, “Ask Aaron!”
"I am grateful for the many SILS colleagues I’ve worked with over the past five years as the assistant director and look forward to continuing those partnerships," said Brubaker. "The director of Information Technology position presents a unique opportunity to engage with faculty, students and staff to solve problems. Tailoring solutions to meet the wide-ranging IT needs of these groups is both fun and challenging and I look forward to advancing the school in all aspects of information technology."