The State of Funding for Library Technology in Today's Economy

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This issue of Library Technology Reports responds to the economic situation with a timely report that offers a detailed look at the library-funding landscape and features expertly authored practical guidelines for stretching a library's budget as far as it can go. This issue grew out of ALA's Libraries Connect Communities Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study.

The State of Funding for Library Technology in Today's Economy includes a number of chapters written by expert contributors who offer broadly applicable guidelines for technology planning, budgeting, and saving money. They detail how — through planning, budgeting, and some clever tricks to expand hardware life — libraries' administration and staff members can stretch the budget further than ever imagined.

Topics Covered in this Issue Include:

  • Key Findings
  • The Library Funding Landscape: 2007–2008
  • Findings from the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies
  • Findings from Site Visits
  • On-the-Ground Lessons from OITP's Public Library Connective Study
  • Doing More with Less
  • Capacity Planning for Broadband in Public Libraries: Issues and Strategies

Larra Clark

Larra Clark is the project manager for the ALA Office for Research & Statistics. She joined the office in late January 2007 after working more than six years in the ALA Public Information Office as the manager of media relations. Clark is the editor and a contributing author for the Libraries Connect Communities Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study. She completed her master's in library science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2006. Previously, she worked in nonprofit public affairs, media relations, and print journalism in Chicago and Arizona for more than 10 years.

Denise Davis

Denise Davis is deputy library director, Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.