Technology Plan of the Kilbourn Public Library 2005-2008
Approved April 7, 2005
2004 KPL Technology Planning Committee
Library Board: Glenn Deedon, President; Bill Brown, Vice President; Dianne Effinger; Cindy Reichhoff
Staff: Cathy Borck, Director; Jess Bruckner, Chair
Library Mission Statement
The Kilbourn Public Library (KPL) serves the needs of the community. It serves a diverse group of residents and visitors, in addition to cooperating libraries. The library provides a place and a variety of resources to meet patron information, education, recreation, communication, and cultural needs. The library provides materials in print, audio, video, and other electronic formats for circulation and reference use. KPL staff is available to assist patrons in meeting their needs.
Statement of the purpose of technology at the Kilbourn Public Library
Technology is used to enhance communication, assist patrons, deliver library services, and manage the library.
KPL is committed to providing technologies for its users. The staff are advocates for information literacy. At our library, technology is at the very core of our services. This technology plan will be revised every three years or as needed.
Current state of technology at the Kilbourn Public Library
The patron-accessible computer terminals play a pivotal role in library services. These terminals are heavily in demand, and require considerable staff time in support.
The library has 13 public terminals for high-speed Internet access, access to word processing, as well as the use of spreadsheets and databases. KPL utilizes 3 LINK-ready staff computers at the circulation desk, equipped with Internet access. The staff work room has 1 LINK-ready computer with Internet, as does the Director’s office. There are 2 LINK-only computers for patron use in the library. The library also offers e-books, microfilm research capabilities, a copy machine, a children’s educational computer, numerous databases, and an electronic magnifying reader.
Security and Filtering
KPL has several forms of “software security”:
As for “hardware security,” KPL does not use cable lock devices or other forms of physical security for hardware. Given the constant presence of patrons and staff, it would be difficult to steal any major technology equipment components.
KPL does not use filtering software to prevent the viewing of a web site based on the content of that site.
The range of services offered by KPL has been established to meet the information, education, recreation, communication, and cultural needs of our patrons. Service needs assessments are based on information compiled from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) patron surveys and feedback; staff experiences in daily library operations; use reports from the library’s online services; professional publications; and consulting and planning information provided by SCLS, the Department of Public Instruction’s Division of Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning, and Wisconsin Library Services.
KPL’s technology goals for 2005-2008 are:
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Maintain the library’s current technology foundation.
Goal 2: Monitor and evaluate the demand and supply for technology-related library services.
Goal 3: Improve and extend library services through information technology.
Goal 4: Construct and maintain a web site that is useful to patrons, staff, and the community.
Goal 5: Maximize sources of technology funding consistent with the technology plan.
Goal 6: Maintain a process to evaluate technology for the library.
Goal 7: Address the technology training needs of the KPL staff.
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