ERIC Number: EJ890698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 0
Say No to Speed Bumps!
Computers in Libraries, v30 n6 p79-80 Jul-Aug 2010
No matter how cutting edge (and nicely funded) one's library is, there is always something cooler and more efficient on the horizon. Granted, not all new technology may be necessary in the library. But chances are one is going to want to get something--RFID (radio frequency identification), text reference, downloadable content, gaming, digitization equipment--anything! The biggest hurdle (behind budget) is not technological expertise but the staff. This article offers five helpful steps to involve library staff in obtaining, deploying, and troubleshooting any new technology that is coming one's way. These include: (1) let staff know early; (2) explain how it fits with the mission of the library; (3) get staff involved; (4) train them well; and (5) set them free, that is, give staff members "worry-free" time to play with the new technology when they are not serving customers.
Descriptors: Library Personnel, Library Networks, Educational Innovation, Information Technology, Training, Libraries
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