The FLICC Information Technology Working Group has developed a questionnaire to help federal librarians assess the way information technology is being used in their libraries and information centers. The four-part instrument addresses:
1) the library's mission, size, and scope;
2) the organization's IT infrastructure - hardware, networking, internet, and software applications;
3) the library's use of systems in functional areas from acquisitions to reference; and,
4) the library/agency's approach to systems acquisition, funding, and staffing.
By working through the assessment, you will develop a fuller understanding of the scope of the IT applications you are already using in your library, and of the way your library's IT operations are tied into the rest of the agency. The completed survey will provide you with documentation for your agency management and CIO of the extent of your library's use of IT.
You can complete the four-part survey at your leisure, returning to add answers or updates as they obtain them. Records for each library are password-protected, and information previously entered into each field will be automatically filled in the next time a staff member logs in.
When you complete the assessment, your data will go into a FLICC IT resource file from which comparative reports of the survey responses -- sorted by library type, size, and automation programs -- will be generated. You'll be able to use the reports to find institutions with requirements similar to your own. This will help you and your colleagues benchmark your IT operations, and network with other users to learn from each other's experience and perhaps establish some systems partnerships.
Your participation is indispensable. With your help, the IT Assessment will grow into a valuable ongoing resource for the federal library and information center community. Thank you for sharing your information with your colleagues.