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Technology Made Simple: An Improvement Guide for Small and Medium Libraries
Kimberly Bolan and Robert Cullin
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0920-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $46.00
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224 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0920-1
Year Published: 2006
…librarians need a how-to technology manual for vision, planning, and understanding, not a how-to manual for configuring a router and server… technology is an essential tool that will better define the importance of the public library within our communities.
—Kimberly Bolan and Robert Cullin from the Preface

Implementing and maintaining effective technology services is a perennial challenge for libraries; for small to medium sized libraries, it can be overwhelming. Often without a technology expert, and with limited resources, they must address customers’ growing appetite for electronic information amid constant technological changes.

Not a techie? Not a problem. A librarian and technical expert join forces in this thorough and easy-to-understand primer. Expansive and practical, it offers detailed how-tos, nine reproducible forms, and inspiring stories from libraries that have demystified the technology implementation process.

Library leaders, directors, department heads, and trustees can access hands-on tools to:
  • Offer premium services and save money with reproducible forms

  • Keep the plan dynamic and organized with worksheets for planning, budgeting, and more

  • Use smart staffing tips to cover tech needs

  • Find the latest resources on the companion web site
For any librarian wanting a comprehensive overview, Technology Made Simple offers clear answers to overcoming libraries’ tech challenges.

Visit the companion website for this book at Technology Made Simple
About the Authors

Kimberly Bolan, currently an independent library consultant, trainer and popular library presenter, has extensive experience serving small to medium sized libraries at Webster (NY) Public Library and the Brighton (NY) Memorial Library. Named a 2004 “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal, she is active in the New York Library Association and is author of Teen Spaces (ALA Editions). Her MLS is from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies.

Robert Cullin is Vice President and co-founder of E*vanced Solutions, Inc. This Indiana-based company is committed to delivering web-based solutions to libraries, designed to help manage programs, events, registration, and reading programs.

"Technology Made Simple is one of those publications that makes book reviewing a joy; there are so many positive things that Kimberley Bolan and Robert Cullin can be congratulated on--with no criticism I can add ... Highly recommended to anybody (library managers, library staff and IT coordinators) facing the challenges of implementing and improving the use of IT and libraries and information services.”
--The Electronic Library

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