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Technology Needs Assessment: Partnerships in Knowledge

It is certain that the costs of introducing distance learning into education are going to be high. Too many schools are at odds over how to deploy blended learning support and manage digital preservation services. Aaron Cohen Associates (library consultants) support the development of the digital library, because libraries have resources to support all types of services. Libraries have consistently strived to make services better whether it was moving from print to digital or from an archive of treasures to an outreach model.

All of the libraries we have worked on and planned have grown because they took the time to reflect and learn what they were doing right. We guided them though difficult times and led them through challenging budgets, because change isn’t easy. Below are steps we take during our technology needs assessment process. ACA’s 360 Design includes our visual scan. This is a step by step process that will result in a realignment of library services:

Library Staff

— Roles: responsibilities working with instructors/faculty
— Review of instructional design for virtual learning

Instructors/faculty
— InfoTech Roles: Outreach Responsibilities and Staff Support
— Coursework: Identify a case study to assess impact
— Pilot Case Study: analyze literature to assess new concepts

IT
— Technology infrastructure
— Support cloud and hosted learning platform(s), library management system and online instruction

Students
— Zoom meeting to review needs
— Develop Groups of Students 6–30 for needs assessment
— Have Breakout Discussions

Content
— Course Material
— Online LibGuide / Finders Support
— Online Brand Identity
— Digital resources
— Digital media
— e-books
— Website Integration
— Media / Videos
— Via emails
— Different journals, via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, News outlets different blogs

Libraries need to build their partnerships to enable growth. CONTACT LIBRARY CONSULTANT

CASE STUDY ON DIGITIZATION – OXFORD / VATICAN DIGITAL LIBRARY PROJECT

We can see that libraries are starting to jump into the world of content production. Some libraries don’t know the first thing about producing digitizing content, while others have been focusing on historic content production and online research for years. When thinking about what kind of knowledge platform a library should offer, you should start with a mission and vision for the new digital library. You can look at other partnerships that resulted in a digital library. This can be a guide to a successful strategy; one that helps you create a better user experience for your community.

Richard Ovenden, Oxford University Bodley Librarian, received a generous donation from The Polonsky Foundation that enabled the library to launch a collaborative initiative, which resulted in a digital humanities library. Thinking About the Types of Librarians Required: Learn what a digital archivist does – Bodleian and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. Today, there are than 1.5 million pages from their collections have been made freely available in digital format. This platform of knowledge has been created to enable blended learning, using technology to safely access the worlds history.

TECHNOLOGY NEEDS ASSESSMENT
Our technology needs assessments build on data sciences, which we call library program modeling. We help libraries develop the next platform for knowledge including infotech, design of services and strategic planning. Our 360 design strategy provides a framework for innovation – a step by step process to build the next library.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TECHNOLOGY NEEDS ASSESSMENT – CONTACT A. COHEN ASSOCIATES, LTD

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