This commonsense guide will help library managers understand the underpinnings of technology and how to powerfully manage tech to serve patrons and staff alike. 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 You'll find easy-to-follow exercises and tools that have been tested in real-world situations. Step-by-step instructions for crucial processes including technology planning are included.
Carson Block has been a library technologist for 20 years - as a library worker, IT Director and now a Library Technology Consultant. Carson is a Director-At-Large for the American Library Association's Association of Special and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and is a past Chair of ASCLA's Library Consultant's Interest Group. He is also a member of the Future of Libraries advisory group to ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy, and a member of the former 21st Century Libraries Committee of ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP).