Evaluating library technologies can feel overwhelming: open source or proprietary? cloud hosted or local installation? and which vendor to choose, when they all say they're the best?!? This session will help reduce that anxiety by showing you project management techniques for evaluating and selecting library technologies and the vendors who support them. You'll learn how to break large projects into smaller chunks, focus on documentation to reduce miscommunication and missteps, and hold both vendors and team members accountable for deliverables. In the end, whether you're selecting a tool for your repository, catalog, finding aids, digital preservation, or exhibits, you'll make sure that your needs -- and those of your users -- are being met.
In this session attendees will learn how to:
* Discover what your library staff and users need from library technology using assessment tools
* Reduce workload by re-using documentation, standardizing communication, and delegating tasks
* Use "trust but verify" techniques to evaluate vendors' promises
* Manage team members' time, energy, and motivation to deliver results