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

Best Practices and Planning for Digitization Projects

 News / Last Modified: 13 September 2019

Alyce L. Scott, a lecturer with the School of Information at San Jose State University, explores the best practices and planning needed for digitization projects.

The long term viability of digital collections will be ensured only by consideri...

Spark Your Project: Tech Tools for Libraries

 News / Last Modified: 04 September 2019

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...

Technology Needs Assessment

 Document / Last Modified: 11 September 2018

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

Guiding Ohio Online: Volunteer Technology Instructor Training

 Document / Last Modified: 02 August 2018

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.

What TechSoup Offers Libraries

 News / Last Modified: 26 July 2018

TechSoup is the San Francisco based nonprofit that supports charities, public libraries, churches and foundations with technology support and resources. The organization has had a special interest in libraries since 2006 when it launched TechSoup for...

A Slice of Maker Pie: Stories from Three Learner Labs

 News / Last Modified: 17 July 2018

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...

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...