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.

The candidate:

  • Determines the technology requirements of the library.
  • Assesses or evaluates s how well the technology meets the needs of the library.
  • Recommends technologies for the library.
  • Makes purchasing decisions 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 library patrons).
  • Discrepancies in the current technologies’ capabilities and the libraries’ requirements will be noted.
  • Recommended technologies will satisfy the identified and agreed on requirements.
  • Will be fluent on online accessibility issues

The technology plan will include:

  • A description of the users (number, age, expectations, requirements, etc.).
  • A list of technology requirements (data-base, analytic data interpretation, report generation, retrieval, sorting, on-line 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.
  • Plan to develop 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 terminology of state of the art computer and communications technologies and their rapidly changing nature.
  2. Develops an awareness of the appropriate computer/communications 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. Enhances understanding of the Internet and emerging digital technologies.
  5. Develops knowledge of technological policy and its use in libraries.
  6. Develops basic skills for effective technological change planning: design for technological change, hiring and training of staffing, costs for technologies building/space requirements for hosting technologies, and ongoing maintenance.
  7. Develops an awareness of possible regional or state plans or resources that could be incorporated in a collaborative endeavor with the library.
  8. Incorporates expectation of regular review of privacy issues and laws, as they relate to information access through technology.

Revised April 2016

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