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

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.

Implement a Technology Plan

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

Now that you have a technology plan, you still have to carry it out. Here are some helpful hints on how to transform your plan into action.

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.

Evaluating Your Technology Plan

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

A collection of resources for creating on ongoing review and update process for your library technology plan. In order for your library's technology plan to have any real value, it's important to regularly review it and make sure the plan reflects r...

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...

Case Study: Creating a Technology Plan that Worked!

Publish Date: Document / 21 March 2012

The authors describe how the Sacramento Public Library developed a technology strategy to better achieve the library's goals and overcome the traditional gulf between public services librarians and information technology (IT) staff.