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Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow

  • 1.  Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow

    Posted 01-27-2022 14:10

    During this SEFLIN series, attendees will develop and work to implement a custom technology plan for their library or department.

    The prospect of technology planning can seem overwhelming and time-consuming, especially for those who work in an already short-staffed library. If this is your situation, you may be thinking:

    • We haven't had a technology plan up to now, and things seem fine. Why change?
    • There's not enough money to add new equipment, so why should we even bother with planning for technology?
    • Let's just continue to deal with technical issues as they arise.
    • It's easier to "go with the flow" and buy new technology when we have some extra funds.
    • The city's (or county's or school district's) IT department handles technology for our library, so we don't need to worry about it.

    Such thinking will prevent your library from becoming all that it might be. In truth, creating and implementing a technology plan can help you open the door to the modern era. Sound planning can lead to increased funding for technology in your library. Most importantly, a solid technology plan can help you create an environment that truly meets the needs of the community your library serves.

    Lofty goals? Maybe so, but this is 100 percent true. Having a plan will allow you to prepare for the future instead of merely reacting to technology crises. Determining the technological needs of the library and its users will equip you to better allocate existing funds.

    With the help of the author, attendees analyze the library's current technology, understand their community and staff needs, develop a budget and create a practical, comprehensive plan for them to implement.

    This course will consist of a face-to-face training on February 8th then continue online through 4 online sessions and discussion in SEFLIN connect and a final in-person session each focusing on an aspect of developing a plan. During the series, Diana Silveira will be available to assist each library with their plan.


    • Participants will create a technology plan for their library that can be shared with their users and their governing authority. 
    • Participants will gain a foundation in technology planning, technology management, and technology assessment. 
    • Participants will obtain knowledge of, and experience in using specific tools and processes to help them manage library technology. These tools will be geared particularly toward small public libraries 

    Who should take this course?

    The Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow Workshop is designed for administrators and IT Staff at small academic and public libraries as well as individuals running a department or branch within a larger system.


    Diana Silveira is a librarian and president of Novare Library Services where she works with libraries to develop, implement and utilize technology effectively. Previously she worked at the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College.  Her book Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow is available through Amazon and the Rowan & Littlefield Website.


    Anna Arenas
    Manager of Communications and Technology
    SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network)
    Boca Raton FL
    (561) 208-0984 (223)