The Complete Library Technology Planner: A Guidebook with Sample Technology Plans and RFPs on CD-ROM

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$108.00
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$ 97.20
Item Number: 
978-1-55570-681-4
Published: 
2010
Publisher: 
ALA Neal-Schuman
Pages: 
163
Width: 
8 12"
Height: 
11"
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Careful and systematic planning is essential to the success of your library’s technology implementation efforts. This complete, clear, and easy-to-follow guide takes a highly practical, hands-on approach to thoroughly prepare public, academic, school and special libraries to develop and implement a technology plan in the library.

Following a foreword from Executive Director of the American Library Association Keith Michael Fiels, authors John M. Cohn and Ann L. Kelsey provide a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts and elements in technology planning and the changing technological landscape affecting today’s libraries. There is clear advice to help you best define your plan’s scope, purpose and funding requirements, along with step-by-step guidance for developing an effective technology plan - from gathering data and identifying institutional needs, to determining priorities, identifying objectives, outlining costs, and writing the actual plan. A five-step model plan is included to provide readers with a start-to-finish example of the development process, and the authors also advise on how to implement the new plan and evaluate its success.

The accompanying CD-ROM includes over thirty-five time-saving, sample technology plans and RFPs. Each plan is specifically targeted to public, academic, school, or special libraries, and can be easily replicated or adapted for use in your own institution. An array of figures, checklists, and examples are included throughout the book to help reinforce important concepts, and a comprehensive webliography lists further related resources.

"This book offers practical guidelines for planning technology-based systems or services ... It succeeds in demystifying technology planning and is recommended for small and medium-sized libraries." 

--Technicalities
 "Relevant to librarians of all types ... The discussion of the importance of strategic planning that begins with a vision of what services are needed, rather than what technology is needed, is a wise approach ... Readers, regardless or library types, will be well prepared to begin writing a plan for their libraries."
--Journal of the Medical Library Association
"Chapters cover topic such as the elements of a technology plan, preparing for conversion, evaluating proposals, and training users and staff ... Complete with worksheets, charts, and bulleted lists, the volume will help both librarians and consultants."
--Booklist
"Highly recommended."
--Library Media Connection
"Beginning with an overview of how integrated library systems (ILSs) are possibly going to change with the advent of Web 2.0 and advice that any technology plan has to remain flexible enough to accommodate the unforeseen, this practical guidebook takes one through the process of creating one, working to implement it, and finally how to review it."
--SciTech Book News
"The chapter 'A Model Two-Day Process for Developing a Basic Strategic Plan" is especially useful, as is the accompanying CD-ROM with over 25 examples of plans from different kinds of libraries."
--American Libraries
"A comprehensive wealth of information for libraries in need of creating or updating a technology plan...Highly recommended."
--Library Journal (starred review)
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