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Title: Bridge the Future to the Library


1
Bridge the Future to the Library
From the Information Superhighway to Main Street
  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission

2
Agenda
  • Welcome
  • Participant Expectations/Intentions/Introductions
  • Overview/The Project Continuum
  • Exploring the Continuum 1
  • Break
  • Exploring the Continuum 2
  • Lunch
  • Exploring the Continuum 3
  • Brainstorming
  • Action plans
  • Follow-up and evaluations

3
Workshop Purpose
  • Through this workshop we hope to help you
  • share and connect with one another
  • learn of other opportunities to seek help from
    and contribute help to other librarians
  • make action plans to move your library closer to
    sustainability
  • introduce an online community to support library
    staff

4
WebJunction Background
  • The Bill Melinda Gates Foundations U.S.
    Library Program
  • 46,000 computers
  • 11,000 libraries in the United States and Canada
  • Five-year initiative
  • Targeting public libraries serving less-affluent
    communities
  • In May 2002, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation
    awarded OCLC and partners a three-year grant.
    Original partners are
  • Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
  • The Colorado State Library
  • The Benton Foundation
  • Isoph
  • TechSoup
  • Purpose
  • Carry forward the Foundations work
  • Build a Web-based, public access computing
    community

5
The Mission
  • Build an online community for public access
    computing
  • Support front-line staff at libraries, Community
    Technology Centers, and other organizations
  • Create a forum for collaborative knowledge and
    experience sharing
  • Become a national center of education and
    training for library staff
  • Focus on information technology policy and
    practice

6
The Result WebJunction www.webjunction.org
7
Philosophy
READ
LEARN
SHARE
8
Rural and Small Libraries
  • Limited Time
  • Limited
  • Limited Support

9
A Sense of Isolation
10
The Rural Library Sustainability Project
  • Grant from the Gates Foundation
  • 43 State Libraries agreed to participate
  • On-Site workshops throughout the state
  • Over 2000 have attended previous two rounds
  • Support is out there.

11
  • The Sustainability Continuum
  • Intended to serve as a starting point for
    assessing a rural/small librarys focus on issues
    of sustainability

12
The Sustainability Continuum
13
Rural Library Sustainability Continuum
  • Six conditions
  • Awareness Stage
  • Early Stage
  • Preparing Stage
  • Developing Stage
  • Advanced Stage
  • Performing Stage

14
Seven Continuum Topics
  • Library Connections
  • Technology Connections
  • Upgrade and Maintenance
  • Staff and Patron Training
  • Funding
  • Outreach
  • Advocacy

15
Rural Library Sustainability Continuum
  • Can be used as a
  • Quick Reference Card
  • Memory Jogger
  • Tracking Mechanism

16
Additional Blank Sheets
  • The Continuum charts and worksheets are available
    for download at the Rural Library Sustainability
    website
  • http//www.webjunction.org/rural http//webjuncti
    on.org/do/DisplayContent?id11778
  • Blank sheets can be used for discussion among
    staff/volunteers/board

17
Technology Connections
  • Fill in your Tech Connections questions
  • Who provides your PAC support? Questions?
  • What kind of assistance for your PACs?
  • Possible organizations or individuals who could
    help maintain your PACs?
  • Discuss with partner
  • Review Listed Resources
  • Additional Resources
  • Web4Lib, PUBLIB (mailing lists)
  • LIBNT-L (mailing list)

18
Philosophy (review)
READ
LEARN
SHARE
19
WebJunction Information
  • Register for free to
  • Enroll in online courses
  • Receive the monthly e-newsletter, Crossroads
  • Join the forum discussions on All Aboard

20
WebJunction Demo (Live Internet)
  • WebJunction main page
  • Registration page
  • Rural Library Sustainability gateway page
  • Texas state RLS forum page
  • All Aboard discussion forums main page
  • Tech Planning information
  • Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit page
  • Rural In Focus webinars
  • Learning Center page (browse catalog)

21
WebJunction Demo (Non-Live)
  • WebJunction main page
  • Registration page
  • Rural Library Sustainability gateway page
  • Texas state RLS forum page
  • All Aboard discussion forums main page
  • Tech Planning information
  • Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit page
  • Rural In Focus webinars
  • Learning Center page (browse catalog)

22
Upgrade Maintenance
  • Fill in your Upgrade Maintenance questions
  • How old are your PACs?
  • What replacement plan do you have?
  • Do you have a technology plan? A technology line
    item in budget?
  • Do you have a maintenance plan?
  • Discuss with partner

23
Technology Planning
  • Definition
  • complements your librarys mission
  • assesses librarys existing technology
  • provides future direction (goals)
  • provides framework for meeting goals (objectives
    and activities)
  • provides context for evaluating library progress
    in providing/enhancing technology-based services

24
Technology Planning
  • Why Plan?
  • Required for E-Rate for services beyond simple
    long distance or cell service
  • Aids in justifying budget requests and grant
    funding
  • Aids in providing continuity and resisting
    distraction
  • Enables the library to articulate its vision
  • Provides conformance with public library standards

25
Technology Planning
  • Important Points
  • A technology plan used for E-Rate eligibility
    must be approved by TSLAC
  • By E-Rate Coordinator, currently Marilyn Johnson
  • For more information
  • http//www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/funding/howto.html
  • Technology Plans should be revised annually and
    re-written every 2-3 years

26
Technology Planning
  • Elements of a Technology Plan
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction (for outside readers)
  • Needs Assessment
  • SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses,
    opportunities, threats)
  • Vision/Mission

27
Technology Planning
  • Elements of a Technology Plan (contd)
  • Goals
  • Objectives
  • Activities
  • Technical Assessment/Inventory (TechAtlas)
  • Support/Training
  • Timeline, or Action List

28
Technology Planning
  • Elements of a Technology Plan (contd)
  • Detailed Budget
  • Evaluation
  • Which required for E-Rate approval?
  • More help
  • http//www.webjunction.org/do/Navigation?categ
    ory391

29
TechAtlas Overview
30
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31
ALA 2007
  • As part of the Texas Rural Library Sustainability
    grant, 5 participants from Texas are eligible to
    go to ALA 2007 in Washington, DC, expenses paid,
    where they will participate in the Rural
    Sustain-ability Forum. To qualify for the trip,
    fill out the ALA form.

32
Links of Interest
  • The Continuum
  • http//webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id11778
  • Web4Lib E-Mail List
  • http//lists.webjunction.org/web4lib/
  • LIBNT-L E-Mail List
  • http//listserv.utk.edu/archives/libnt-l.html
  • PUBLIB E-Mail List
  • http//lists.webjunction.org/publib/
  • Technology Planning Made Easy (Florida)
  • http//dlis.dos.state.fl.us/bld/Library_Tech/BLD_T
    ech_Plan.html

33
Links of Interest
  • US-CERT (Cyber security alerts)
  • http//www.us-cert.gov/cas/techalerts/

34
Wrap-Up and Evaluations
  • Questions or Comments?
  • Evaluations

35
Contact Information...
  • WebJunction
  • Jim Malzewski Project Coordinator Phone p.
    206-273-7522 Email malzewsj_at_oclc.org
  • Jennifer Peterson Curriculum/Community
    Developer Phone 206-273-7730 Email
    petersoj_at_oclc.org

Presenters Myra Arredondo Zatopek Special
Services Consultant TSLAC Phone
512-463-5527 E-mail mzatopek_at_tsl.state.tx.us Rob
ert Williams Technology Trainer/Consultant William
s Consulting Phone 361-855-2802 E-mail
robert_at_rlwconsulting.com
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