Technology Plan

Library Technology Plan [pdf]

Introduction

The Muehl Public Library incorporates technology into its many diverse services. The long range plan for the Muehl Public Library contains several intents regarding technology services to the public. This plan will be reviewed continuously to track achievements and future needs.

Technology Plan Summary

Intent 1: To manage sufficient budgeted resources for equipment and software replacements, repairs, and updates to meet the increasing demands in the technological information age.

Intent 2: To offer appropriate technologies to the library community and to manage the libraryoperations.


Intent 3: To acknowledge and utilize private, state, and federal programs that will assist in the development of the library’s technology plan.

Intent 4: To offer access to the Internet for appropriate educational and personal use. To maintain a user friendly website for public access to library services through the web.

Intent 1: To manage sufficient budgeted resources for equipment and software replacements,repairs, and updates to meet the increasing demands in the technological
information age
.

  1. Ensure that the library budget includes funding to repair and replace 20-25 percent of computer workstations every 3 years.
  2. Cooperate with OWLS in upgrading, maintaining and providing services via LAN and Internet.
  3. Maintain sufficient volume of licenses for standard software and the library budget covers funding to renew, upgrade as needed, and purchase new software as needed.
  4. Maintain a secure library network as usage and services grow and change.

Intent 2: To offer appropriate technologies to the library community and to manage the library operations.

  1. Continue to assess and evaluate new technologies and evaluate their benefits for the library services.
  2. Continue to implement the needed equipment and software upgrades to facilitate more efficient services for patrons and staff.
  3. Continue to utilize donated computers and software as well as identify additional grants and sources of funding for technology.
  4. Constantly research new software and hardware needs for the library to offer diverse media to the public and staff.
  5. Maintain current software and technology that provides opportunities to provide more services at reduced costs.
  6. Continuous education and training for the public and staff to provide more technological services.

Intent 3: To acknowledge and utilize private, state, and federal programs that will assist in the development of the library’s technology plan.

  1. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation assisted this location in the past. It is the library’s duty to educate itself about and try for similar initiatives.
  2. Identify alternative resources to fund technology and software needs of the library. Seek out local,state, and federal grants, the assistance from the Friends of the Muehl Public Library, or other individual donors to secure the required funding.

Intent 4: To offer access to the Internet for appropriate educational and personal use. To maintain a user friendly website for public access to library services through the web.

  1. Develop and maintain a public training environment and public access to computers for educational and personal usage that complies with posted library policy.
  2. To provide an easy to use website for access to library resources via the web.

Please note: The Muehl Public Library Strategic Plan (with the Muehl Public Library Technology Plan provided as an addendum) was adopted by the Muehl Public Library Board of Trustees on Monday, February 3, 2014.

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