Crash Course in Technology Planning
by Christopher D. Brown
July 2016, 133pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-5060-8
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If you are tasked with managing IT resources and infrastructure on a bare-bones budget for your library, you need this book.

This easy-to-use primer will empower anyone—even those with no IT background—to face the challenge of adding one or more technologies to library services or maintaining existing technologies.

Most of the public libraries in the United States are operating on tight budgets without allocation for IT personnel; in school libraries, the librarian often takes on the lion’s share of IT responsibility. This book is an invaluable guide for library staff members who are put in the position of maintaining their own networks and computers with very little training or support. Authored by an assistant library director with years of firsthand experience working as a solo IT manager within public libraries, this guide provides practical information about overcoming the unique challenges of managing IT in a smaller organization, juggling multiple job roles, being limited by a restrictive budget, and working directly with the public.

Crash Course in Technology Planning addresses a wide variety of IT topics in the library sphere, providing information in a logical manner and order. It begins with an explanation of triaging existing IT issues, then moves into diagnosing and repairing both individual PCs as well as the library Local Area Network (LAN). The following chapters cover other important topics, such as the best way to inventory computers and equipment, how to budget for and procure new equipment, and recommended ways for an IT layperson to set and achieve goals.


  • Offers librarians a one-stop resource for managing basic technology issues in their facilities
  • Written in a simple, straightforward manner that even the least technologically savvy librarians can easily understand
  • Includes screenshots that clarify points throughout the book
  • Addresses challenges unique to libraries, such as working with the public and running information technology operations on a shoestring budget
Christopher D. Brown is assistant library director at the Pella Public Library in Pella, IA. He holds a master's degree in information science and learning technologies with an emphasis in library science from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Brown has worked for more than eight years in public libraries as an IT professional.
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