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Managing Library Technology

A LITA Guide

Carson Block

This commonsense guide will help library managers understand the underpinnings of technology and how to powerfully manage tech to serve patrons and staff alike.

  • 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.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 110Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-7180-7 • Hardback • August 2017 • $90.00 • (£60.00)
978-1-4422-7181-4 • Paperback • August 2017 • $38.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4422-7182-1 • eBook • August 2017 • $37.99 • (£24.95) (coming soon)
Series: LITA Guides
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).
Chapter 1Introduction to Library Technology
Chapter 2Basic Technology Assessment
Chapter 3Technology Planning (Part 1)
Chapter 4Technology Planning (Part 2)
Chapter 5Technology Implementation
Chapter 6Evaluation of Library Technology
Chapter 7Advanced Topics and Putting it All Together