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, accomodate new and emerging technologies, and include staff training.

Articles and Resources

Technology Vision Statements: Examples and suggestions

 Document / Last Modified: 22 February 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

Why a Technology Plan?

 Document / Last Modified: 22 February 2017

A technology plan can create a great path to guide the library and make sure that the mission is accomplished. This list can help you to explain the importance of planning in your library and create enthusiasm for the planning process.

Technology Planning Evaluation

 Document / Last Modified: 21 February 2017

A practical guide to using a library technology plan as a living document, and building an evaluation process to make sure the technology plan aligns with the library's service goals.

Technology Needs Assessment

 Document / Last Modified: 21 February 2017

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

Checklist for a Library Technology Plan

 Document / Last Modified: 21 February 2017

A concise list of what needs to be included in your library technology plan. This is a useful tool to use both for organizing your plan and for evaluating it to make sure that you haven't left out anything important!

3D Printers in the Library

 News / Last Modified: 12 December 2016

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...

Guiding Ohio Online: Volunteer Technology Instructor Training

 Document / Last Modified: 04 November 2015

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.

iFought the iPads (and iWon)

 News / Last Modified: 03 February 2015

When Rapid City Public Libraries decided to add iPads to the Children's Area, I volunteered for the project. In the end this project took me a couple of months to tackle but the number of children using the iPads made it worth the effort. I hope by s...

Vine: What Six Short Seconds Can Do For Your Library

 News / Last Modified: 07 January 2015

Vine puts a new spin on the notion of the short attention span. With this free app from Twitter, users can create 6-second videos with an iOS or Android device by simply pointing it at a subject and touching the screen to start and stop filming. But ...

A Slice of Maker Pie: Stories from Three Learner Labs

 News / Last Modified: 17 December 2014

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...

Spark Your Project: Tech Tools for Libraries

 News / Last Modified: 27 October 2014

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...

Digital Citizenship and Public Libraries

 News / Last Modified: 02 September 2014

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...

Librarians from Mongolia Visit OCLC Seattle

 News / Last Modified: 29 August 2014

Ninety minutes is all it takes to cross oceans, continents, and cultures to find library synergy. That was the experience when staff from the OCLC Seattle office had the chance to sit down and talk about libraries with two Mongolian librarians from t...