New Book!

Do you want to get a better handle on taming the technological beast in your library? I have a new book out that will help!  It’s called Managing Library Technology and is based on the class I teach for the American Library Association’s Certified Public Library Administrator Program.

The book is available from Amazon.

Managing Library Technology introduces library workers (including non-technical managers, tech administrators and even “accidental technologists”) to core concepts in technology management and provides strategies that will enable them to master the basics of library tech. The book is geared to the needs of all kinds of libraries.

The book contains easy-to-follow exercises and tools that have been tested in real-world situations with students as they tackled their own evaluation, planning and management challenges. Readers are also given a roadmap to create a technology plan for their library—even if they have no direct technology background themselves.

This book helps library workers understand the underpinnings of technology and how to powerfully manage tech to serve patrons and staff alike.  Readers will learn:

  • How libraries fit into the overall technology market
  • Strategies to future-proof library technology efforts
  • Approaches to technology planning that stick – and strategies to keep the plan on track
  • Skills to understand technology investments by understanding the total costs of ownership and the specialized library return on technological investment
  • How to collect and use useful data and statistics without being overwhelmed
  • How to stay current, knowledgeable and comfortable with rapid technological change

I’m grateful for the good reviews the book has received!

“From thoughtful assessment of library technology to realistic budgeting and implementation of new services, this guide is grounded by the viewpoint that technology is a means to provide great library service, not an end in itself. With practical tips grounded in actual experience, those just learning about library technology and those well-versed in the field will find useful information in this understandable guide.” (Susan Hildreth, professor of practice, University of Washington Information School)

“Carson Block combines deep, hands-on experience working with libraries to bolster their technology infrastructure to serve diverse community needs with contagious enthusiasm for this vital work. With this new LITA Guide, he captures the big picture, as well as the practical details needed to successfully assess, plan, implement and evaluate technology to advance the library mission in the digital age. As Carson would say: ‘Go go gadget!’ “(Larra Clark, deputy director, American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy and Public Library Association)

“Carson Block uses his vast knowledge of Library IT to explain the realities of technology in a modern library and how the professional, whether experienced or new to the field, can better understand it and plan for future needs. His easy to understand writing style makes this guide a both accessible and highly informative.”  (Corin Haines, manager services to Public Libraries, National Library of New Zealand)

Interested? The book is available from Amazon.

The cover of "Managing Library Technology" by Carson Block