Brenda and I are responsible for an online ‘class’ on Technology for the fledgling Statewide APPLE New Director training program. I’m excited about this program – I love that new directors will get to network with a statewide cohort, plus hear Sandra Nelson speak at the initial retreat. She’s a rockstar.
Anyway, I’m trying to throw myself back into 2003 and recall what technology issues came up in that first year as a newbie Library Director. I remember drama related to software upgrades, germ-y keyboards, children’s games, broadband issues, Runescape, learning about networking equipment (and how to reboot said equipment safely), oh and the biggest snafu I had was turning off our server too fast which lead to a $750 visit from a specialist to un-corrupt everything I corrupted. I know a lot of that is too specific/practical for an online class, but I’m thinking we should cover:
- Planning and Budgeting (replacement schedules, broadband costs, tech planning, etc.)
- Policy and Public Access Computing (CIPA, Acceptable use policy ENFORCEMENT, filtering, etc.)
- Emerging Technologies (mobile tech, eReading, touchscreen, software upgrades, ??)
- Training (public computer classes, sources for free materials, staff competencies, etc.)