Technology Planning

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Core to library services, access to technology requires active and ongoing planning. Technology plans should support library strategic planning, include more than just computers, accommodate new and emerging technologies, and include staff training. This section has tips for planning as well as inspiration for what your plan could include. 

Articles and Resources

Technology Needs Assessment

 Document / Last Modified: 06 June 2017

A collection of resources for determining what new and updated technologies to include in your library technology plan.

Why You Need a Technology Planning Team

 Document / Last Modified: 06 June 2017

Thinking about assigning the responsibility of writing a technology plan to one person - or maybe taking it on yourself? Read some suggestions and the benefits of creating a team for the process instead.

Technology Vision Statements: Examples and suggestions

 Document / Last Modified: 06 June 2017

Does your library have a vision for what technology should do for your library? Vision statements are a great way to describe where the library wants to be and what it values when choosing new technology

Upgrade and Maintenance Brainstorm

 Document / Last Modified: 05 June 2017

A list of ideas and resources on Upgrade and Maintenance collected from the Rural Library Sustainability workshops, training institutes, and from other discussion areas on WebJunction.

3D Printers in the Library

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

3D printing conjures notions of the Star Trek replicator—a computerized machine that can turn a verbal command into 3-dimensional objects, including food items. The evolution of 3D printers is advancing rapidly toward and even beyond that sci-fi visi...

Libraries are Not a 'Netflix for Books'

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

The recent news about Amazon's Netflix-like service for eBooks and Kindle subscriptions has done more than raise eyebrows. At a time when we see budget crunches and misleading reports about dwindling interest in books and public libraries, an entire ...

You Shall Not Pass! iPad Passcode Programs and Other Insights

 News / Last Modified: 08 May 2017

Since her first article, iFought the iPads (and iWon), Sally-Adrina has heard from several librarians struggling with a common problem: iPad passcodes. At Rapid City Public Libraries, they experienced the same issue. A child or an ad...

Digital Citizenship and Public Libraries

 News / Last Modified: 05 May 2017

Just as political citizenship expects principles of integrity of its citizenry, digital citizenship refers to expected modes of conduct in the digital world. Digital citizenship is an umbrella concept that includes the following: a) Preparing technol...

Spark Your Project: Tech Tools for Libraries

 News / Last Modified: 05 May 2017

Tech tools have rapidly emerged to augment digital storytelling, intuitively edit photos and video clips, easily convert complex file formats, and aid team collaboration without a myriad of emails. So, how do you know which tools can effectively help...

A Slice of Maker Pie: Stories from Three Learner Labs

 News / Last Modified: 05 May 2017

Think about the last time you ordered pizza and the numerous considerations that influenced your decisions. You may have weighed surroundings including dine-in versus carry-out or perhaps delivery, contemplated crust style and toppings, and evaluated...

Guiding Ohio Online: Volunteer Technology Instructor Training

 Document / Last Modified: 05 May 2017

Guiding Ohio Online is an AmeriCorps program that places members in rural Ohio libraries to deliver digital literacy training through computer classes, one-on-one computer assistance, outreach, and volunteer recruitment.