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To help meet the challenge of using technology effectively, The Public Library Association offers a comprehensive and practical guide to preparing a technology plan. Wired for the Future aids in preparing a plan that positions the library to meet its objectives for the community, its staff, and its best future. Authors Mayo and Nelson provide the raw materials to build, implement, and evaluate a workable technology plan. All the necessary tools are provided to determine technology needs, identify technology options, select a technology infrastructure, and implement the plan. Reproducible workforms enable librarians to customize key steps to specific situations. Technotes explain various technologies and applications available to libraries.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book is intended as a companion volume to the Public Library Association's (PLA) recently updated planning manual, Planning for Results: A Public Library Transformation Process (Professional Media, LJ 7/98). Co-author Nelson chaired the PLA committee that developed the manual. Mayo is also a librarian and now works as a library automation consultant. Wired for the Future aims to assist public librarians in developing a cogent technology plan. The first part outlines in detail 16 tasks to be performed by the planning committee. The second part, entitled "Tech Notes," strives to define the technology in a nontechnical manner, from cabling and firewalls to Z39.50. Each Tech Note ends with a list of additional resources including both print and online. The authors intend a Tech Notes homepage on the PLA web site to update this section. The final section contains reproducible workforms that correspond to the tasks in the first section, although a tear sheet or loose-leaf format would have been more practical. In addition, the book's weak binding sprung loose in this reviewer's hands. The pace of technological change, the availability of technologically designated grants, and limited public funding make careful planning all the more imperative. Every public library that is serving or planning to serve the technologically hungry and technologically phobic should own this book.--Robert Battenfeld, Long Island Univ.-Southampton Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838934913
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Preparing to Plan 1
Ch. 2 Identifying Technology Needs 18
Ch. 3 Discovering Options 48
Ch. 4 Selecting a Technology Infrastructure and Identifying Products and Services 67
Ch. 5 Developing and Managing the Implementation Process 107
Bibliography 125
Tech Notes 127
Workforms 189
Index 255
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