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Technology Infrastructure Study

New Jersey Library Technology Infrastructure Study

Purpose

The purpose of the Library Technology Infrastructure Study is to assess the State Library’s current technology infrastructure for libraries in the state, and to answer some questions in the process:

  • What role, if any, should the state library play in providing and/or supporting technology infrastructure services? What are the possibilities and pitfalls?
  • What library and technology models exist for Infrastructure Services — and what is a good fit for the diverse library landscape in NJ?
  • Should the infrastructure change (shrink/grow) and in what ways?
  • How stable is the financial support for the infrastructure into the future?

The current technology infrastructure is offered under the services of Jersey Connect, so it is important to explore the following aspects:

  • What is Jersey Connect — and what is it not?
  • What is the usage of Jersey Connect services among libraries in the state?
  • What is the Cost of Doing Business?
  • What expenses are on the horizon?
  • Is Jersey Connect a viable future option?”

Perspectives

As a service to libraries, it is important to view New Jersey’s Technology Infrastructure through several key perspectives:

  • Users (those who consider themselves users)
  • Non-Users (those who consider themselves non-users)
  • State Library and Jersey Connect Staff

As well, through industry perspectives:

  • Peer Institutions (other library tech infrastructure consortiums in the US)
  • General technology industry
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