What is a Technology Plan? Christa Burns & John FeltonTechnology Planning Summer Camp 2: Don’t Just Survive, Thrive!
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• Do last, after all of the other sections are completed
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!
How to pick new techThink about “competencies”What do you think your staffneeds to know to move your library into the future?
Emerging Technologies• Audio/Video• Wireless (802.11n/ac)• Mobile• RFID• Social Media• 3D printing• More? [insert your favorite here]
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].”
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