What is a Technology Plan?

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Technology Planning Summer Camp 2
Nebraska Library Commission
August & September 2012

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What is a Technology Plan?

  1. 1. What is a Technology Plan? Christa Burns & John FeltonTechnology Planning Summer Camp 2: Don’t Just Survive, Thrive!
  2. 2. The Structure• Executive summary• Library description• Library challenges• Current technology environment• Emerging technologies• Web site evaluation• Recommendations
  3. 3. Executive Summary• 1-2 page narrative summary of the plan• Do last, after all of the other sections are completed
  4. 4. Library Description• Introduction • Budget• Purpose of the plan • Collection size &• Library history annual growth• Physical description • Services offered• Mission statement • Use of the library• Community served • Current technology• Staffing Visuals never hurt!
  5. 5. Library Challenges• SWOT Analysis –Strengths –Weaknesses –Opportunities –Threats
  6. 6. Current Technology• Hardware –Patron computers, Staff computers, networking equipment, peripherals• Software –OSes, Patrons, Staff
  7. 7. How to pick new techThink about “competencies”What do you think your staffneeds to know to move your library into the future?
  8. 8. Emerging Technologies• Audio/Video• Wireless (802.11n/ac)• Mobile• RFID• Social Media• 3D printing• More? [insert your favorite here]
  9. 9. Web Site Analysis• Follows current design practices?• Platform? –Static, CMS• Accessible?• Social?• Mobile?
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Suggested phrasing “In the next [time frame], the library will [action or recommendation],which will result in [associated benefits].”
  12. 12. 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://nlc.nebraska.gov/erate/worksheet .aspx

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