The Transforming Public Library Technology Infrastructure--PDF e-book

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  • Description
  • About the Authors

Focusing on the evolution and current state of public-access technologies in public libraries from the perspectives of infrastructure, services, and resources, this issue of Library Technology Reports brings together longitudinal data, key issues, trends, and best practices that will provide library staff with tools for planning, advocacy, and service enhancements. Contributors include several prominent experts in the field, covering topics such as

  • "Public Libraries and the Internet: An Evolutionary Perspective"
  • "The Rural Public Library as Leader in Community Broadband Services"
  • "Successfully Planning a Scalable and Effective Patron Wireless Network"
  • "E-Government and Employment Support Services"
  • "Digital Literacy"
  • "Transforming Public Library Patron Technology Training"

The issue was conceived and coordinated by the ALA Office for Research and Statistics (ORS).

Office for Research and Statistics (ORS)

The Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) provides expert advice on all matters related to research and statistics about libraries, librarians, and library staff to association staff, members, and the public. Its multiyear study undertaken with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Public Library Funding and Technology Access, is the most comprehensive survey of patrons' use of library technology ever undertaken; its 2009 report Job-Seeking in U.S. Public Libraries provides the quantitative underpinning of Crisis in Employment: A Librarian's Guide to Helping Job Seekers.

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.