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

iFought the iPads (and iWon)

Publish Date: News / 28 March 2014

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...

Connecting: Interaction Design and User Experience

Publish Date: News / 16 January 2013

The 18 minute "Connecting" documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry's thought leaders. As the role of software is catapulting forward, Interaction Design is seen to be n...

Why You Need a Technology Planning Team

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

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.

Total Cost of Ownership for new Computers

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

When your library is in the market to purchase new computers, be sure to consider the total cost of ownership and not just the sticker price on the computer.

Sample Technology Budget for a Small Library

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

This Excel spreadsheet from NPower can serve as a template for a technology budget for a small library. The spreadsheet uses eight staff as an example, but is appropriate for a library with approximately 1-20 staff members.

Sample Technology Budget for a Medium Library

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

This Excel spreadsheet from NPower can serve as a template for a technology budget for a medium-sized library. The spreadsheet uses thirty staff as an example, but is appropriate for a library with approximately 20-80 staff members.

Sample Technology Budget for a Large Library

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

This Excel spreadsheet from NPower can serve as a template for a technology budget for a large library. The spreadsheet uses 120 staff as an example, but is appropriate for a library with 80 or more staff members.

Planning Makes Perfect

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

How a library IT Manager supports her system?s computers today, while keeping an eye on the future.

Maslow and Motherboards: A Hierarchical View of Technology Planning

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

Expanding on Maslow's hierarchy of needs -- physical needs must be met before psychological needs can be addressed -- Doug Johnson posits that an institution must meet infrastructure needs before it can use technology to meet its mission.

Guiding Ohio Online: Volunteer Technology Instructor Training

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

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.

Collaborative Technology Planning

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

A guide to creating a library technology plan through team building and engagement with front-line staff. The authors gave this presentation at the Computers in Libraries 2005 conference describing their real-world experiences at the Sacra...