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I - Vision.
The Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library's stated mission is:
The purpose of the Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library is to provide library service to all citizens of Lincoln Lawrence and Franklin Counties. The library's primary thrust is education, particularly selfeducation, but it will supply recreational materials as well.
In pursuit of this mission, the Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library is in a unique position to make a difference in the lives of citizens by helping to prepare them for the challenges of living in the 21st century through the use of both traditional library services and emerging technologies. The library seeks to preserve the communities’ heritage and traditions, encourage the creation of economic and educational opportunities and ensure access to resources needed to enable each citizen to be active and responsible participants in an active, democratic society.
II - Scope of Technology Plan.
The Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library’s technology plan covers three years of technology activities, and will be reviewed and evaluated as detailed in section V. The Library’s strategy for integrating technology into library services will include computers, computer hardware/software, network technologies and telephone systems since these technologies are having, now and in the future, a large impact on the mission and role of public libraries. The technology plan covers Internet access and resource sharing among libraries and library users. Sharing shall include participation in the Longleaf Library Consortium.
Photocopiers, fax machines, theft detection systems, microfilm and other such technologies, though very important to accomplishing the library’s mission, will not be included in the scope of this plan at this time.
III - Description of the Current Environment. (Needs Assessment)
The libraries of the Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library provide technological resources for library users. Public access computers are available at all locations. An up to date integrated library automation system is in use at all libraries. This system provides access to the library catalog and allows users to control their own patron records, including requests, renewals, lists and other functions. The library system is a part of the Longleaf Library Consortium to provide effective library services. The library system provides an up to date webpage with access to MAGNOLIA and well as library created databases, including genealogical and historical resources as well as archival collections. Ongoing assessment of technology needs is covered in the library’s Needs Assessment procedure, in the Services and Collections section.
IV - Goals, Objectives.
Goal 1: Provide Our Library’s customers and staff expanded access to MissIN, MAGNOLIA, the Internet and electronic information resources.
Objective 1: Evaluate the need for additional public service computers at the Lawrence County Public Library (2013).
Objective 3: Evaluate the need for additional public service computers at the New Hebron Public Library (2013).
Objective 4: Continue to refine digital archive (2011-2013). Install new server and digital imaging software and hardware (2011).
Objective 5: Evaluate need for Windows network at New Hebron Public Library (2013).
Objective 6: Evaluate the need for additional public service computers at the Lincoln County Public Library (2013).
Objective 7: Refine catalog access over Internet to branches, schools and general public (2011-2013).
Objective 8: Refine web pages to website for historical text and indexing (2011-2013).
Objective 9: Refine web pages to website for historical graphics (2011- 2013).
Objective 10: Refine public computer space in headquarters library (2011- 2013).
Objective 11: Cooperate with BrookhavenMS web manager to provide information (ongoing).
Objective 12: Evaluate the need for additional public service computers at the Franklin County Public Library (2013).
Objective 13: Evaluate the need for additional public service computers at the Bude Public Library (2013).
Objective 14: Maintain wireless connections for library public access computers in all libraries (2011-2013).
Objective 15: Maintain wi-fi access for patron computers in all libraries (2011-2013).
Goal 2: Increase public awareness of services available in library.
Objective 1: Continue system-wide public relations campaign publicizing technology available in library (ongoing).
Objective 2: Publicize web-site components and catalog access (ongoing).
Goal 1: Provide efficient telecommunications system for all system libraries.
Objective 1: Evaluate need for additional telecommunications in headquarters. (2011-2013).
Objective 2: Evaluate need for additional telecommunications at branches (2011-2013).
Goal 2: Improve accessibility and safety of system library staff.
Objective 1: Provide several levels of firewalls, virus protection, filtering and other services needed for secure computing (on going).
Objective 2: Provide remote access to automated system for staff (on going).
Objective 3: Provide cellular service so that director can be reached in case of emergency.
Goal: The library shall review the board approved Internet Access Policy annually.
Objective: Staff and trustees shall review and revise draft documents for presentation to regional board (ongoing).
V - Evaluation.
The Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library will review this technology plan annually for effectiveness and revise accordingly. Goals will be evaluated and refined as they are attempted and as they are met. New goals will be identified and incorporated into this document annually.
VI - Staff, Training, & Support.
A separate Technology Training Plan has been created for the Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library. The Technology Training Plan should be considered an integral part of this document. On-going goals beyond the Plan include:
Goal 1: All staff will receive continuing Internet and Magnolia training (ongoing).
Goal 2: All staff will participate in annual in-house general technology training (ongoing).
Goal 3: Staff will receive on-site training as software and/or equipment is upgraded (ongoing).
Goal 4: Staff will receive continuing training in general maintenance of the equipment and software. This will include physically cleaning equipment, making back-ups, managing files and file security as well as other responsibilities (ongoing).
Goal 5: Staff will provide limited one-to-one patron training on the basic use of the equipment (ongoing).
VII - Infrastructure.
Lincoln County Public Library, Lawrence County Public Library, Franklin County Public Library, New Hebron Public Library and Bude Public Library have sufficient capacity in both electrical power and communications technology. All system libraries have minimum of T-1 Internet connection (2011-2013). Infrastructure needs are assessed regularly as a part of the library’s Needs Assessment procedure.
VIII - Budget.
Technology is covered in the library’s budget over several line items. In capital outlay, the “Automation” and “Furniture & Equipment” line items include equipment needed. In library materials, “Electronic Access” and “Electronic Materials” are affected. In maintenance and operation, the items “Telecommunications,” “Telephone/Fax,” “Utilities,” “Training,” “Utilities,” Contractual Services” all affect technology. Funds for technology are an integral part of the library’s planning.
IX - Conclusion.
The Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library shall use technology as a tool to accomplish its mission. Technology shall be integrated into the overall library program where appropriate to provide superior service to the citizens of our region.