Forecasting by Committee
In my last post, I was bemoaning how hard it was to “guesstimate” technology for three years down the road. It becomes much easier when you are part of a committee, especially one in which those who make the decisons and create the budget are part of the discussion. For the first time ever, four of us met and went over propsed technology projects including a new ILS, cloud storage, upgraded telephone system, e-commerce, and increased bandwidth. These are just the “big” items, but we also hashed out smaller things we can do to provide better service to our patrons in the coming years such as web-based instruction and patron self-management for program registration online.
Any time we plan several years ahead in the area of technology, guesswork must be a part of the process due to its ever-changing nature. However, getting guidance and information from my Library committee gives me a high degree of confidence that the concepts and projects included in this year’s Technology Plan will have a good chance of being accomplished within the next three years. The hard work is done… now to get it submitted and approved!
Entry filed under: projects at work.