Managing Library Technology (LITA Guides)

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This guide will help library managers understand the underpinnings of technology and how to powerfully manage tech to serve patrons and staff alike. You’ll find easy-to-follow exercises and tools that have been tested in real-world situations. Step-by-step instructions for crucial processes including technology planning are included.

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Carson Block has been a library technologist for twenty years, as a library worker, IT director, and now a library technology consultant. He is a director-at-large for the American Library Association’s Association of Special and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and past chair of ASCLA’s Library Consultant’s Interest Group. He is also a member of ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries advisory group and a member of the former 21st Century Libraries Committee of ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy.

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From thoughtful assessment of library technology to realistic budgeting and implementation of new services, this guide is grounded by the viewpoint that technology is a means to provide great library service, not an end in itself. With practical tips grounded in actual experience, those just learning about library technology and those well-versed in the field will find useful information in this understandable guide. (Susan Hildreth, professor of practice, University of Washington Information School)

An excellent supplemental text. (Public Libraries)

Carson Block combines deep, hands-on experience working with libraries to bolster their technology infrastructure to serve diverse community needs with contagious enthusiasm for this vital work. With this new LITA Guide, he captures the big picture, as well as the practical details needed to successfully assess, plan, implement and evaluate technology to advance the library mission in the digital age. As Carson would say: ‘Go go gadget!’ (Larra Clark, deputy director, American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy and Public Library Association)

Carson Block uses his vast knowledge of Library IT to explain the realities of technology in a modern library and how the professional, whether experienced or new to the field, can better understand it and plan for future needs. His easy to understand writing style makes this guide a both accessible and highly informative. (Corin Haines, manager services to Public Libraries, National Library of New Zealand)

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