LI815: Information Technology
LI815 is a course designed to provide basic information on technology concepts and skills that librarians will need to be successful in their fields. Students explore new technology through Try New Tech! assignments and research how technology can effectively be used for a variety of purposes within the library.
Artifact: Technology Plan
This assignment was completed in a team of five students and details how the fictional Miss Abigail Wimplesoft’s endowment will be used to support the fictional Seaside City Public Library in its goals to upgrade its technology to fully support the needs of the library’s patrons and staff in the digital age. The plan we created upgraded the library’s technology in the following areas: collection development, public service, security and privacy, community relations, staff development and training, and facilities and equipment. A detailed budget outlined how the money was spent in IT equipment; electronic resources; technology security, maintenance, and support; and staff training. The plan ended with an explanation of how the technology upgrade would be evaluated and replaced. This assignment was very practical in that I talked to several collection development and technology librarians in the state about how they budget for resources and technology.