We are extremely excited about the January Issue of Library Technology Reports, “Funding and Budgeting for Library Technology in Today's Economy” by Larra Clark and Denise Davis. With the current economic crisis, librarians are concerned about having the funds to keep up with the rapidly evolving technology needed to serve the needs of twenty-first century patrons. ALA TechSource is responding with an issue that offers not only a detailed look at the library funding landscape, but also expert-authored, practical guidelines for stretching your budget as far as it can go.
This report examines the current state of library technology funding, looking at common problems and concerns among librarians throughout the
The report also includes a number of chapters written by expert contributors who offer broadly applicable guidelines for technology planning, budgeting and saving money. Our contributors include ALA TechSource's own Jason Griffey, Tim Vollmer from ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy, consultant and former Colorado State Librarian Nancy Bolt and John Carlo Bertot from the University of Maryland's Center for Library Innovation--detail how through planning, budgeting and some clever tricks to expand the life of your hardware, you can stretch your budget further than you ever imagined.
This issue grew out of
Larra Clark is the project manager for the ALA Office for Research & Statistics. She joined the office in late January 2007 after working more than six years in the ALA Public Information Office as the manager of media relations. Ms. Clark is the editor and a contributing author for Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study. She completed her master’s in library science at the
Denise Davis is the Director, Office for Research & Statistics at ALA. In this position she provides leadership and expert advice to