Magazine article Computers in Libraries

I Love It When a Plan Comes Together

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

I Love It When a Plan Comes Together

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I'm pretty happy with the different articles that we've pulled together for this issue on Technology Planning. That's a broad area that can be looked at from a number of different angles. Let me give you a short tour of the angles we've covered here.

If you want to start at the beginning, with a basic, point-by-point article that includes solid advice for technology planning, you'll want to turn to page 42. Jan Baltzer, who has extensive experience in this area, makes the concept of technology planning easy to understand by likening it to a four-legged stool. How does she manage that? You'll have to read her article to find out.

What about those of you who have made plans to handle technology, then watched them fall flat, then had to start over again with a new idea and a new plan? Think you're alone? Read Audrey Betcher's article, aptly titled "Strikeout or Home Run?" and you'll get a picture of planning and replanning until you get it right. You know what they say: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.... These librarians kept going until they found a good solution for handling overwhelming patron demand for their Internet-enabled PCs. Their solution might work for you, too.

And finally, for those of you who have your technology under control: How far have you looked into the future? Do you know what new technologies are starting to roll in? Are you ready for them? Library guru Stephen Abram offers a heavy article on what's ahead, what it means to libraries, and what you might want to start doing about it. …

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