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

Sample Technology Budget for a Large Library

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Evaluating Your Technology Plan

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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

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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!

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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.