Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow

The prospect of technology planning can seem overwhelming and time-consuming, especially for those who work in an already short-staffed library. If this is your situation, you may be thinking:

  • We haven’t had a technology plan up to now, and things seem fine. Why change?
  • There’s not enough money to add new equipment, so why should we even bother with planning for technology?
  • Let’s just continue to deal with technical issues as they arise.
  • It’s easier to “go with the flow” and buy new technology when we have some extra funds.
  • The city’s (or county’s or school district’s) IT department handles technology for our library, so we don’t need to worry about it.

Such thinking will prevent your library from becoming all that it might be. In truth, creating and implementing a technology plan can help you open the door to the modern era. Sound planning can lead to increased funding for technology in your library. Most importantly, a solid technology plan can help you create an environment that truly meets the needs of the community your library serves.

Lofty goals? Maybe so, but this is 100 percent true. Having a plan will allow you to prepare for the future instead of merely reacting to technology crises. Determining the technological needs of the library and its users will equip you to better allocate existing funds.

During this SEFLIN series, attendees will develop and work to implement a custom technology plan for their library or department. 

With the help of author, Diana Silveira attendees analyze the library’s current technology, understand their community and staff needs, develop a budget and create a practical, comprehensive plan for them to implement. 

This course will consist of a face-to-face training on January 29th then continue online through 5 sessions each focusing on an aspect of developing a plan.  During the series, Diana Silveira will be available to assist each library with their plan.

After completing the Technology Planning course, participants are eligible to apply for a SEFLIN Technology Award to aid in the purchase of needed technology.

Seating is limited for this series. If you are interested in participating in this course, please email Joshua Stone by January 22nd. 

Outcomes:

  • Participants will create a technology plan for their library that can be shared with their users and their governing authority. 
  • Participants will gain a foundation in technology planning, technology management, and technology assessment. 
  • Participants will obtain knowledge of, and experience in using specific tools and processes to help them manage library technology. These tools will be geared particularly toward small public libraries