Eric Battaglia

What I do at the library: I provide strategic direction in the library’s use of technology and digital tools to enhance the library experience. The work I perform ranges from exploring new technology paths, planning for new or revamped services, and overseeing a range of projects. Even the hidden “nuts and bolts” of technology falls within my purview, as every "techie" decision made has an impact on our services.

How I turn outward: I partner with my fellow Managers of Experiences and Initiatives and other entities in Oak Park governance to meet common technology needs throughout Oak Park. I also focus the energy of Digital Services on user-driven solutions, arrived at through qualitative and quantitative measurements. I strive to keep a public face for Digital Services by encouraging staff to engage more with the public through classes, one-on-one training, and service desk work.

My favorite "hidden library gem": I am thrilled that we have a Special Collections room.

Something I love about Oak Park: Oak Park is so conducive to creativity—I love the murals along the concrete walls supporting the El and Metra tracks.

What I’m reading, listening to, and watching now: Fictionwise, I’m rereading a number of fantasy favorites. I’m also reading Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes. I’m listening to a podcast on movies called Cinematic Idiots, hosted by one of our former librarians. I just finished all the Harry Potter movies (I'd never seen past #5, Order of the Phoenix, before) and am now moving on to a month of espionage films.

(December 11, 2015)