Ask TangognaT: Library Technology Plans

So far, my nefarious plan to get my blog readers to feed me ideas for things to write about is working because if left on my own today I might have just ranted about Warren Worthington III having a sex change for the X-men 3 movie or how inane it is that people think it is a good idea to import manga artists and have them work for lame American comic book companies. Because anyone who has the option of reaching hundreds of thousands or millions of readers in Japan will of course jump at the idea to come to America and draw issues of Swamp Thing for a few thousand readers in the U.S. Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

Rebecca Writes:

I have a library-related question this time, because I like to demonstrate my actual Librarian “cred” every so often 🙂

Does your library have a technology plan? If so, who wrote it, and how often is it updated? I’m doing a conference session for libraries in my area on technology plans and why libraries need to have them, and I’m trying to get some different ideas on how to actually implement them.

Here is yet another library question I can’t really answer! My librarian cred is lacking! Because as far as I know, my library doesn’t have a technology plan. Heck, I’d be happy if the university in general had some kind of technology plan because as far as I can tell it doesn’t. The library does do strategic planning in various areas, and in some cases technology is a part of that planning (like we might investigate technology in the context of thinking about an information commons) but there isn’t a standalone plan. That being said, I do like the idea of having a technology plan that people from multiple departments could collaborate on authoring. Sometimes there is a big split between public services staff and technology staff within a library and having a plan that would spell out shared goals and a direction sounds like a good idea. If anyone has any ideas about technology plans, share them in the comments 🙂