Technology Vision Statement

The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library will continue to utilize information and communication technologies to enhance the access and delivery of information and library services to its users.

The Library, in conjunction with the Information Services Division at Bryant University, will provide library users with robust equipment and networks which support the current needs of library users and efficient access to information resources.

Equipment for library users includes 75 public workstations (Lenovo) with some of these machines operating in the virtual environment. Other equipment includes 3 copiers, 2 microfilm readers, 2 scanners, 4 printers (one color), and 10 laptops for loan. We are currently moving towards multifunctional devices for copy, scan and print. 3-D printers are also under consideration. E-readers such as Kindles, Kindle fires, iPads and Lenovo slates are available as well. Replacement for public computer workstations within the library is on a 2-4 year replacement cycle. The number of workstations to be replaced is based on computer lab needs throughout the campus. The library is considered a "computer lab" and all software available to Bryant students is also loaded on library workstations or available via a Citrix software server. Bryant is also a "laptop" campus and this may have an impact on the number of fixed stations needing future replacement. Replacement of major equipment, such as microfilm readers, is done via Bryant's special request process. Continued need for such items will be evaluated at the time of replacement. Most library equipment (workstations), including staff equipment, is less than 3 years old. At this time the library is advocating for the inclusion of Apple computers as an option for library users.

Staff equipment includes workstations, scanners, barcode readers, library material desensitizers and printers. Staff workstations are acquired via the campus roll-out policy. Special consideration is given to workstations requiring special needs such as the ARIEL interlibrary loan station. Less expensive equipment, such as barcode readers and scanners, is replaced as needed with general library operating funds.

The campus network infrastructure used by the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library is maintained by the Network Services group within the Information Services Division of which the library is a part. The campus network infrastructure continues to be upgraded and enhanced annually supporting wired, wireless and voice over IP connectivity.

The library will utilize a Content Management System to organize the intellectual output of Bryant University and to highlight Bryant’s legacy collections.

In November 2005 HELIN received a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to support the above goal. Bryant began adding content to this HELIN repository in late winter/early spring of 2006 and continues to do so.

The library will use information and telecommunication technologies to enhance information literacy objectives.

Information literacy objectives continue to include a possible online learning component or a complete course which is delivered electronically in a variety of formats including online tutorials, streaming video, etc. A couple of "How do I ..." combination Powerpoint/video clips have been created using both Camtasia, or Storyline, and Mediasite Live.

The library will seek ways to deliver educational video content to students and faculty.

A Video on Demand server was purchased in 2007 and streaming content is purchased for this system.  Most files are in MPEG2 transport stream and we are investigating migration of these to another format where applicable.

Software and equipment for in-house digital video productions is available on campus via the Information Services Audio Visual Department and the Communication Center. Staff members have access to Camtasia, Mediasite Live and Avid software.

Training for in-house productions is/will be shared by Bryant Audio Visual staff and early library staff adopters.

The library will continue to replace print content with electronic content where possible.

The library subscribes to over 50 electronic databases and this number is increasing each year. These subscriptions provide access to the full text content for over 50,000 journals and other information resources. Electronic reference acquisitions are preferred. Funding for new e-content typically comes from money formerly allocated to print sources or from the Bryant special request process. Current e-subscriptions are evaluated annually by library staff.

Staff training on e-resources is typically provided by the vendor, online tutorials, or via staff exploration.

The library will continue to maintain a robust integrated library system (ILS).

The library will continue to maintain membership in the HELIN (Higher Education Library Information Network) consortium and work with HELIN membership to ensure that the ILS (Integrated Library System) is meeting the needs of users, collections, and library staff.

Open source ILS solutions will be examined as needed and the open source software trends in higher education will be monitored.

ILS connectivity and relationships with other campus systems such as Banner, Blackboard, Blackboard ePortfolio will also be monitored so that connectivity between systems is seamless and user friendly. Single sign-on is available via the campus portal but does not support logins to the ILS.

The viability of individual modules within the ILS, such as E-Reserves, vs. course management systems, such as Blackboard, and the Serials Management module vs. e-journal management systems, such as Serials Solutions, requires examination over the next 5 years.

The library will consider and provide non content related e-services for its users.

New e-services, such as federated searching, will be considered for use by library users and will be made available based on need, product integrity and funding. Virtual chat room reference is currently in place. An E-journal management service was acquired in 2004 and Article linking services were purchased for 2005-2006. Text messaging reference service was implemented in 2007.

The library will continue to provide staff with the education needed to support new technologies.

Library staff members are encouraged to learn and embrace new technologies both formally and informally. Formal options include courses offered via Bryant, Nercomp and other local organizations. Informal training opportunities exist within the HELIN consortium, the Information Services Division at Bryant, and sessions/webinars provided by vendors.

Prepared by Mary Moroney for OLIS
Updated 2012