Here’s a not-so-hypothetical question for you: What key technologies or kinds of technological trends should go into a three-year strategic plan for library technology?
Just brainstorming here, some of these are in the works and some of them may not be appropriate… but hey, I’m brainstorming.
- Get a new catalog (boy, do I ever wish!)
- Better platform for research guides (more interactive, less massive-block-of-text-ish, etc)
- Clickers for classrooms?
- Better space for assistive technology in the library
- Evaluate space in terms of increased laptop usage and make printing from laptops possible
- What about making the library mobile-computing friendlier?
- Do we know what technology will be needed as we plan and implement a data service?
- Implement federated search
- Continue with the on-going project of evaluating/tweaking the library site
- Continue to explore ways of integrating library services into Moodle
- Continue to collaborate with the IT department as much as possible
- Create better space for the manipulation/creation of multi-media projects
- Here’s a vague one: keep thinking about how to make stuff easier to get to online.
- I don’t remember where we are on our digitization initiatives, but I’m sure that’ll be part of this.
- Continue to look for ways to put help at point of need…. that’s another vague one.
I don’t know what other departments will want or need, but luckily, I’m not the only one thinking of stuff to add to this plan.
I enjoy taking time to think about this kind of thing, but at the same time it feels weird. I already feel like if I want to try something, I can, and if our department needs to use or implement new technology, we get the support we need. So I guess I need to stop thinking of it as a “here’s what we wish we could do” document and more of a “here’s what we’re likely to want to try” document.
But I know I haven’t thought of everything. In fact, I feel a little less kept-up on emerging trends right now than I have before because I had to put other priorities ahead of that one last term. So what am I missing?