Management of Technology

Management of Technology

Core Standard

Given the following resources are available to the candidate:

  •  Library’s vision, mission, core values, and strategic plan.
  • Any library reports with inventory of the technology currently being used by the library.
  • The library’s current capital budget.
  • Access to technology plan (if available). 

The candidate:

  • Determines the technology requirements of the library.
  • Assesses or evaluates how well the technology meets the needs of the library and community.
  • Recommends technologies for the library.
  • Makes purchasing decisions or recommendations related to technology.

The candidate may:

  • Develop a technology plan for their library.

The criteria for judging the adequacy of the above performances are:

  • The technology requirements will be documented and will include the requirements of different populations (staff and the supported community).
  • Discrepancies in the current technologies’ capabilities and the libraries’ requirements will be noted.
  • Recommended technologies will satisfy the identified and agreed upon requirements.
  • Acknowledges and addresses online accessibility issues.

The technology plan will include:

  • A description of the users (number, age, expectations, requirements, etc.).
  • A list of technology requirements (database, analytic data interpretation, report generation, retrieval, sorting, online interface, printing, storage, etc.).
  • Recommendations with a rationale including possibly the library’s economic constraints, the functions to be supported, and the capabilities of the considered alternatives.
  • Local, regional and/or national potential partners, including vendors, who might support the library’s technology plan with hardware, software or training.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develops a basic understanding of the concepts and terminologies and their rapidly changing nature.
  2. Develops an awareness of the appropriate hardware and software applications to achieve library objectives.
  3. Develops an understanding of how to evaluate electronic products and services to make cost-effective selection and implementation decisions.
  4. Develops knowledge of policies related to technology and its use in libraries.
  5. Develops basic skills to address changes in technology including design, hiring and training, costs, and ongoing maintenance.
  6. Develops an awareness of possible regional, consortia, or resources/funding that could be leveraged in collaboration.
  7. Incorporates expectation of regular review of privacy issues, Intellectual Freedom, including CIPA and laws, as they relate to information access through technology.

Revised June 2023

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