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

Libraries are Not a 'Netflix for Books'

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

The recent news about Amazon's Netflix-like service for eBooks and Kindle subscriptions has done more than raise eyebrows. At a time when we see budget crunches and misleading reports about dwindling interest in books and public libraries, an entire ...

You Shall Not Pass! iPad Passcode Programs and Other Insights

 News / Last Modified: 08 May 2017

Since her first article, iFought the iPads (and iWon), Sally-Adrina has heard from several librarians struggling with a common problem: iPad passcodes. At Rapid City Public Libraries, they experienced the same issue. A child or an ad...

Digital Citizenship and Public Libraries

 News / Last Modified: 05 May 2017

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...

iFought the iPads (and iWon)

 News / Last Modified: 26 April 2017

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...

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.

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!

Connecting: Interaction Design and User Experience

 News / Last Modified: 23 April 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...

Total Cost of Ownership for new Computers

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 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

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 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

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 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.