Technology Planning 101


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