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TECHNOLOGY PLAN

 

July 1, 2015 –June 30, 2018 

Adopted 2/8/2016
 

Technology Goals & Objectives:   

 

Goal 1 - Inventory: To maintain our current technology holdings, by:

         

a. upgrade 1/4 of workstations annually from Operating Fund;

b. maintain database access in all departments;

c. replace server hardware and software in 2016;

d. add equipment for a Maker Space as budget and grant funding allows (Road to a Million initiative)

           

Timeline for implementation: 1/4 of workstations upgraded in each of the years of the plan; continue to utilize primarily INSPIRE and our Cengage databases for database access. Replace server in 2016.

                                                                                                                                               

Goal 2 - Assessment: To keep abreast of changing technology to assure user-friendly access, by:

 

a. maintain hardware and software in good working order;

b. maintain hardware and software updates to adequately meet needs of patrons and staff;

c. maintain high speed Internet access to staff and patrons;

d. maintain wireless online access to laptop computer users in the library;

e. incorporate new technologies (Maker Space) and additional bandwidth to meet patrons’ changing needs;

f. research database offerings based on patron needs.

Timeline for implementation: Most of these are continuations of services already offered.

 

Goal 3 - Staff Training: To invest the library staff with the technology training, by:

 

a. require staff participation in professional training, including workshops and WebJunction courses;

b. provide in-house technology training sessions for staff;

c. develop tutorials for new staff members;

d. annually evaluate technological expertise of staff;

e. provide in-house training for Maker Space equipment.

 

Timeline for implementation: These are ongoing goals and will be continued through the 3 years of this plan.  Regular in-service days and staff meetings are used for staff technology training as well as one-on-one session for specific topics. 

 

 

Goal 4 - Patron Training: To provide training for patrons of the library in computer technology, by:

 

a. provide computer tutoring sessions for new Internet users;

b. add to the number of staff members who are able to train patrons;

c. offer instruction workshops on a variety of topics for library patrons (e.g. Internet use, email, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.);

d. add to the variety of computer-related books that are available for checkout;

e. provide hands-on training for Maker Space equipment.

 

Timeline for implementation: These are ongoing goals and will be continued through the 3 years of this plan.  

 

     

Goal 5 - Promotion/Evaluation:  Actively seek community involvement and support, by:

 

a.  promote use of library services, particularly technology, to the community as a whole;

b.  invite participation from various community groups as to means by which library technology services can be improved.

 

Timeline for implementation: These are ongoing goals and will be continued through the 3 years of this plan. 

           

 

Goal 6 - Evaluation:  In order to evaluate the library’s progress in meeting the above stated goals:

 

a. the staff will record feedback from patrons both by written evaluation surveys, statistics, and by informal comments;

b. the management team will review this data quarterly and make necessary changes to meet needs;

c. the management team will evaluate budget needs annually;

d. a new technology plan will be written every three (3) years.

 

Timeline for implementation: These are ongoing goals and will be continued through the 3 years of this plan.