Director- Learning Technologies
Charles Sturt University
9:10 AM Turning Technology From Burden to Boon: Understanding the Benefits of Technological Developments to Increase Engagement and Free-up Budgets
Whilst much of the discussion around the growing prevalence of technology in libraries is rueful of the loss of tradition, for the savvy librarian an adoption of technology can lead to many organisational benefits. For example, the costs of acquiring and maintaining a digital collection can end up as much as a 40% reduction in cost than an equivalent physical collection. This session will discuss the benefits of a constant focus on improving technology, from increased appeal of your library to a streamlining of demands placed on staff. By examining these issues and thinking about them in relation to your own organisation, you will be able to better understand where technological investment is needed and where it is not, increasing both your facility capabilities as well as your ability to manage them. This session will also touch on the use of open education resources and how they can be effectively implicated within a digital education space.
- Knowing where to spend and where not to regarding technology
- Effectively planning to make the most of your organisational budget
- Assessing the benefits which a technology investment can bring to your library