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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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  • Technology Planning 101
    NLA/NEMA Annual Conference
    October 14, 2010
    Christa Burns
    Nebraska Library Commission
    christa.burns@nebraska.gov
  • 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
  • What it is not…
    A list of technology that the library wants and on what time frame it wants it.
  • Your plan should be SMART
    Specific
    Measureable
    Aggressive & Attainable
    Results-oriented
    Time-bound
  • 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
  • What makes a good plan?
    Concise
    Specific
    Integrated
    Foreseeable
    Flexible
  • 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
  • The players
    Board
    Director
    Department heads
    Staff
    Public?
  • 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
  • The Structure
    Executive summary
    Library description
    Library challenges
    Current technology environment
    Emerging technologies
    Web site evaluation
    Recommendations
  • Executive Summary
    1-2 page narrative summary of the plan
  • 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!
  • Library Challenges
    SWOT Analysis
    Strengths
    Weaknesses
    Opportunities
    Threats
  • Current Technology
    Hardware
    Patron computers, Staff computers, networking equipment, peripherals
    Software
    OSes, Patrons, Staff
  • How to pick new tech
    Think about “competencies”What do you think your staff needs to know to move your library into the future?
  • Emerging Technologies
    Audio/Video
    Wireless
    Mobile
    RFID
    Social Media
    Photo printing
  • Web Site Analysis
    Follows current design practices?
    Platform?
    Static, CMS
    Accessible?
    Social?
    Mobile?
  • 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
  • Suggested phrasing
    “In the next [time frame], the library will [action or recommendation], which will result in [associated benefits].”
  • http://webjunction.techatlas.org/
    Inventory Tool
    Event Tracker
    Planning Tool
  • 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