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
Document / Last Modified: 11 September 2018
A collection of resources for determining what new and updated technologies to include in your library technology plan.
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.
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...
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...
News / Last Modified: 15 June 2018
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...
News / Last Modified: 14 December 2017
Scientific discovery and technological innovation play a major role in meeting the challenges of the 21st century. By expanding participation in STEM education, libraries are helping to prepare the next generations to meet these challenges.
News / Last Modified: 28 September 2017
The year was 2012 and several large public libraries were pioneering high-tech digital medial labs as an innovative approach to engaging a diverse audience of teens. Tameca Beckett attended PLA in Philadelphia as the Youth Services Librarian for Laur...
News / Last Modified: 02 September 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...
News / Last Modified: 31 August 2017
At Innisfil Public Library, our vision is to spark ideas to ignite a creative and dynamic community. A central pillar of our current strategic plan is to "Cultivate a Hacker Ethic" through integrating technology into our services and spaces...
Document / Last Modified: 21 June 2017
Suggestions for free, open-source, or inexpensive solutions to help your library have a visible presence on the Web.
Document / Last Modified: 07 June 2017
A checklist from the Connecticut State Library to help you walk through your library's technology planning process.
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.
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
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.
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...