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Technology Planning 101

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Presented at the NLA/NEMA 2010 Annual Conference. October 14, 2010. http://nebraskalibraries.org/conference/2010/

Presented at the NLA/NEMA 2010 Annual Conference. October 14, 2010. http://nebraskalibraries.org/conference/2010/

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    • 1. Technology Planning 101
      NLA/NEMA Annual Conference
      October 14, 2010
      Christa Burns
      Nebraska Library Commission
      christa.burns@nebraska.gov
    • 2. What a Technology Plan is…
      A plan
      A demonstration
      A lens with which to focus
      A prioritizing agent
      A budgeting tool
      An aligner with other institutional goals
      A training schedule
      A fund-raising tool
    • 3. What it is not…
      A list of technology that the library wants and on what time frame it wants it.
    • 4. Your plan should be SMART
      Specific
      Measureable
      Aggressive & Attainable
      Results-oriented
      Time-bound
    • 5. Why?
      Give the library direction
      Show the library is forward-thinking
      Help minimize technology-related crises
      Use staff time efficiently
      Avoid wasting money on equipment
      Help you think through your priorities in order to use technology in a way that directly furthers your mission
    • 6. What makes a good plan?
      Concise
      Specific
      Integrated
      Foreseeable
      Flexible
    • 7. And what doesn’t?
      Tech for tech’s sake
      Doesn’t connect the tech to the mission of the library
      Doesn’t explain why the tech is needed
      Poorly organized
      Techno-babble
      Leaves stuff out
    • 8. The players
      Board
      Director
      Department heads
      Staff
      Public?
    • 9. The Resources
      Direct:
      Current strategic and/or long-range plan
      Library mission and/or vision statement
      Current and/or previous technology plans
      Indirect:
      All of the above for parent institution
      Library journals, magazines, and blogs
    • 10. The Structure
      Executive summary
      Library description
      Library challenges
      Current technology environment
      Emerging technologies
      Web site evaluation
      Recommendations
    • 11. Executive Summary
      1-2 page narrative summary of the plan
    • 12. Library Description
      Introduction
      Purpose of the plan
      Library history
      Physical description
      Mission statement
      Community served
      Staffing
      Budget
      Collection size & annual growth
      Services offered
      Use of the library
      Current technology
      Visuals never hurt!
    • 13. Library Challenges
      SWOT Analysis
      Strengths
      Weaknesses
      Opportunities
      Threats
    • 14. Current Technology
      Hardware
      Patron computers, Staff computers, networking equipment, peripherals
      Software
      OSes, Patrons, Staff
    • 15. How to pick new tech
      Think about “competencies”What do you think your staff needs to know to move your library into the future?
    • 16. Emerging Technologies
      Audio/Video
      Wireless
      Mobile
      RFID
      Social Media
      Photo printing
    • 17. Web Site Analysis
      Follows current design practices?
      Platform?
      Static, CMS
      Accessible?
      Social?
      Mobile?
    • 18. Recommendations
      Priorities
      Description of relevant categories
      Listing of the specific recommendations
      Type (new software, application, hardware)
      Cost (including interdependencies)
      Benefits
      Recommended timeline
      Assessment/results/training needed
    • 19. Suggested phrasing
      “In the next [time frame], the library will [action or recommendation], which will result in [associated benefits].”
    • 20. http://webjunction.techatlas.org/
      Inventory Tool
      Event Tracker
      Planning Tool
    • 21. More Resources
      Matthews, Joseph R., Technology Planning: Preparing and Updating a Library Technology Plan: Libraries Unlimited, 2005.
      TechSoup for Libraries: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/
      WebJunction – Technology Planning:http://www.webjunction.org/techplan
      NLC Technology Planning Worksheet: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/libdev/erate/ worksheet.html

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