Managing Library Technology introduces library workers (including non-technical managers, tech administrators and even "accidental technologists") to core concepts in technology management and provides strategies that will enable them to master the basics of library tech. The content of the book is taken from the author's popular American Library Association -approved Certified Public Library Administrator course, "Management of Technology," and is geared to the needs of all kinds of libraries.
The book contains easy-to-follow exercises and tools that have been tested in real-world situations with students as they tackled their own evaluation, planning and management challenges. Readers are also given a roadmap to create a technology plan for their library-even if they have no direct technology background themselves.
This book helps library workers understand the underpinnings of technology and how to powerfully manage tech to serve patrons and staff alike. Readers will learn:
*How libraries fit into the overall technology market
*Strategies to future-proof library technology efforts
*Approaches to technology planning that stick - and strategies to keep the plan on track
*Skills to understand technology investments by understanding the total costs of ownership and the specialized library return on technological investment
*How to collect and use useful data and statistics without being overwhelmed
*How to stay current, knowledgeable and comfortable with rapid technological change
Carson Block has been a library technologist for twenty years, as a library worker, IT director, and now a library technology consultant. He is a director-at-large for the American Library Association's Association of Special and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and past chair of ASCLA's Library Consultant's Interest Group. He is also a member of ALA's Center for the Future of Libraries advisory group and a member of the former 21st Century Libraries Committee of ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy.