technology planning

Strengthening Library Tech Planning Through Benchmarks

How the Sullivan County Public Library used Edge Benchmarks to bring content creation classes and more technology options to its patrons
Location: 
Blountville, TN (main branch)
Librarian: 
Amy Lippo

Tucked away in upper northeast Tennessee near the Appalachian Mountains, the Sullivan County Public Library is making major strides in technology thanks to the Edge Benchmarks.  Amy Lippo served as the assistant director of the libraries and helped the library incorporate the benchmarks into its technology planning. Lippo had first learned about the Edge Initiative in a presentation by the Tennessee State Library.

How to Manage 40 Branches across 20 Counties

Careful planning, monitoring, and tracking help a technology consultant and her team keep one library system up, running, and ahead of the curve
Location: 
Dodge City, Kansas
Librarian: 
Charlene McGuire

Thirteen years of experience taught technology consultant Charlene McGuire that the secret to a successful library is good planning, careful monitoring, and the willingness to try new thingsIn this case study, we discuss Edge Benchmark 10: Libraries manage their technology resources to maximize quality.

Buy Now, Save Later

A librarian protects investments with intelligent planning
Location: 
Kentucky
Librarian: 
Michelle Foster

Two years ago TechSoup spoke with Michelle Foster, IT manager of Boone County Public Library system in northern Kentucky. Foster, who's worked in Boone County's libraries since 1997 and in the IT department since 2000, kindly shared some advice on crafting a technology plan and maintaining library computers.

Forward Thinking

A Librarian Plans Ahead While Maintaining Existing Systems
Location: 
Bossier City, Louisiana
Librarian: 
Jaketha Farmer

As the first systems administrator for Bossier Parish Library System's seven branches (and one historical center), Jaketha Farmer has maintained her enthusiasm for technology despite grappling with a daunting workload.

Counting from Top to Bottom

Assessing Total Cost of Ownership for Public Computing and Technology
Location: 
Medina, OH
Librarian: 
Jim Haprian

Located in north-central Ohio, Medina County is home to nearly 200,000 people and the six branches of the Medina County District Library (MCDL). Jim Haprian, the Technology Manager at MCDL, began his career in libraries working as a janitor in 1992. Since then, he has worked as a Page, a Circulation Clerk, a Bookmobile Assistant, and a Technology Coordinator before moving to his current position in 2000.

Overhauling the System from the Bottom Up

How one librarian is reinforcing the foundation of a "Leaning Tower of Pisa" network
Location: 
Bossier City, LA
Librarian: 
Jaketha Farmer

Located in the heart of the Deep South, Bossier Parish, Louisiana is home to nearly 100,000 people. Within the 935-square-mile county are the seven branches of the Bossier Parish Libraries, with the Bossier Central Library near Shreveport at the system's center. New to the library, in both role and person, is Jaketha Farmer.