Technology Made Simple: An Improvement Guide for Small and Medium Libraries

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$46.00
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$ 41.40
Item Number: 
978-0-8389-0920-1
Published: 
2006
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
224
Width: 
8 12"
Height: 
11"
Format: 
Softcover
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…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

Kimberly Bolan

Kimberly Bolan is a library consultant based in Indianapolis, IN. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in and with public and school libraries of all sizes. Her work has focused on facilities planning and design, strategic planning, teen and youth services, technology services, and customer service and marketing. She earned her MLS at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. A popular speaker at state and national library conferences, Bolan was named a 2004 "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal.

Robert Cullin

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