Yowsa! New year, new beginnings. We want to wish everyone all the best in 2023. And watch this space – 2022 was our busiest year yet. We’ve been so busy serving the library community the past few years we have had little to no time to share anything. We’ll try to make up for that this year as we redesign the website without losing pace with all of our projects.
Management of Technology Class
It’s that time again! Registration is open for the Management of Technology class that I’ve taught for ten years! This class puts the focus on the things that do not change in the ever-evolving world of library technology. The class also harnesses the power of student collaboration to create a learning experience that leaves students with confidence and mastery of technology management. I hope you can make it!
Here’s a brief video describing the class:
You can register for the class here (follow the link and scroll down a bit): https://ala-apa.org/certification/courses-offered/upcoming-courses/
Dates: April 12 – May 24, 2021
Instructor: Carson Block
Format: Online asynchronous sessions with access to recordings.
- Sessions and materials will be made available on six sequential Mondays.
- There will be a recorded lecture each week. Occasional live sessions in which the instructor will address specific questions and content from participants may be scheduled.
- A link to a recording of each session will be made available to the students shortly after each session concludes.
This course puts the full power of information technology into the hands of library managers and leaders. You’ll start with a clear vision and an understanding of technology policy. Next, you’ll consider the nuts and bolts of managing technology. Technology planning is next followed by technology implementation, and finally, evaluation. The course is presented in plain language with many concrete examples and exercises. Topics include: connecting your library’s goals to technological possibilities, monitoring and administrating technology budgets, assessing resources, drawing a line between efforts and impacts, evaluating those efforts and making course corrections, and understanding and using emerging technologies. You will assemble your own Technology Planning Kit, which will help you create your own library technology plan. Course tools include spreadsheet and tally sheet templates for you to download to evaluate budgets, inventory populations served and electronic services provided, inventory hardware and software, and calculate the relationship between the cost and value of a technology investment.
2021 is here!
Here’s to all the best in 2021!
Resources for Re-Opening Libraries
Are you reopening your library and want to see how others are approaching the task? Do you have any reopening resources to share? This folder is a “quick & easy access” collection spot for libraries to share reopening resources, inspired by the excellent documentation shared by Christian Zabriskie, Director of the Onondaga County Public Library in New York on the Facebook Group “Librarians Step Up (in Times of Crisis)”.
While national organizations such as ALA and many state library agencies and consortiums are publishing excellent guidelines, it’s been hard to locate and and share library-to-library resources for collaboration around approaches to re-opening. This space is offered for that purpose. As well, my office is gathering published guidelines from national, state and regional agencies in a single doc (as best we can with what we can locate) to share.
If you would like to share your library reopening materials in the directory (at https://bit.ly/2LPJGQX ) please send them to me and they will be added.
This shared space is coordinated by library consultant Carson Block as a service to libraries re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic to share information. The materials posted here belong to each contributing library or institution. Carson Block Consulting is not responsible for the content or accuracy of the content shared here.
Please leave your WiFi on!
Libraries that are closed or closing – good move! Please keep your #wifi on for those with no other connectivity options. It supports information access *and* social distancing. I know some libraries turn WiFi off after hours for safety reasons – others leave it on 24/7 as a public service. If you turn yours off, please consider leaving it on during what would be your normal operating hours. Everyone needs information now more than ever – and access options in communities are dropping quickly. #library #covid19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpTIdHrl4yE
Thank you so much, good library people, for the excellent collections, services, technology, opportunities and spaces you provide to people everywhere! 2019 was chock full of wonderful work with libraries throughout the land. Here’s to all the best in 2020. Yowsa! (PS: This is a celebration at the top of a mountain on my sister’s Colorado ranch – it’s a New Year’s Day tradition for friends and neighbors to climb to the top with donkeys and toast the new year with sparkling cider!)
What’s right and what’s wrong with library technology?
Got 2-3 minutes to help other libraries – and yourself? Please click the appropriate link below for a very brief “temperature check” survey asking what’s right and what’s wrong with library tech. I’ll share the results!
Public Library Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JT332NB
Academic & Special Library Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F7ZWKC3
Projects in the News – PRPLD
As a resident of Fort Collins CO, it is so nice to have the opportunity to do local work — and especially nice to see the results published in the local newspaper, the Fort Collins Coloradoan!
The work for the Poudre River Public Library District, in partnership with the excellent David Schnee and Jill Eyers of Group 4 Architecture, is a Master Plan that proposes approaches for library buildings, services and technology into the future. As a former IT Director for the library district, it was a thrill to work with old friends and new ones!
The Master Plan is available for download.
You can read the full Coloradoan article here.
Hiring: Olathe Public Library Makerspace Coordinator
The Olathe Public Library is looking for a dynamic, energetic and knowledgeable leader for its Maker program. This person will engage directly and manage other part-time staff to ensure the library’s Maker vision remains fresh and the programming is adaptable to current and emerging needs and interests.
Robots: Our New Helpers or Our New Overlords?
Do you feel surrounded by automation and robots? Both are booming, and as our right side-view mirror often says: “objects are closer than they appear!” What’s a library to do? Please join me for a brand new talk on the subject on November 16!
While there’s nothing new about automation systems in libraries, recent developments in robotics (including autonomous vehicles, drones, and AI chatbots) is turning the whole notion on its head. How are these trends impacting our society now, and how might they begin affecting libraries? This session with Library Technology Consultant Carson Block takes a fun and thought-provoking look at the potential and pitfalls of robots and other automation in delivering public services.
• Learn how automation & robots are impacting life and work
• Learn how automation & robots are used – and may be used – in libraries
• Explore strategic perspectives on automation & robots
This presentation is sponsored by LibraryWorks and offered for a fee.