Volume 20, Number 4 April 2000
Life is what happens to you when you're making other plans
The more generic your plan, the safer you are
by Michael Schuyler
THE VIEW FROM THE TOP LEFT CORNER column discusses technology
planning for libraries. Observes that a "technology plan" is a
political document, and 90 percent of the people who read technology
plans have no particular expertise in modern library networks. Says
that if a technology plan is to be judged, it will not be on the
technological elements, but on other issues that can be pinned down.
Notes that the plan has to be in sufficiently simple language to
convince a board of trustees that one knows what one is doing and
is spending tax dollars wisely. Wishes for a peer review to judge a
technology plan or an annual conference where ideas are presented
for review. Points out that type of approval system would give
the power of review to people who actually have a chance of knowing
how it all works.
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