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.