Lorensbergs announces new Technology in Libraries whitepaper
Lorensbergs, provider of leading library software netloan, has released a whitepaper exploring the status of People’s Network PCs and plans for Wi-Fi and wireless printing in libraries. It compares approaches to library ICT provision, support and maintenance, addressing how library needs are being met. The report is based on research from a third of public library authorities and covers:
- The suitability of the operating systems used across People’s Network PCs, with Windows XP still featuring in up to 50% of library authorities
- Different approaches to the deployment of the People’s Network, including traditional thick client, thin client and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) – an area increasingly being explored as new efficiencies are sought
- An overview of the work remaining to achieve the Sieghart report’s recommendation of Wi-Fi roll out in all library branches – 50% of library authorities continue this work with the 2015 budget offering new support
- Libraries’ plans for wireless printing as a way of further leveraging wireless network investment – interest for introducing this service has recently grown to include nearly half of all authorities
- The complex ICT support arrangements often in place, involving different teams and a move towards more authority-wide initiatives – nearly 60% of libraries rely on centralised ICT resources, and 25% now outsource their ICT
Anna Crilly, Lorensbergs’ Managing Director, commented: “Lorensbergs has a unique vantage point on public library technology, serving half of all UK library authorities. Our latest customer research offers ideas and information on library technology provision, and covers approaches to deployment, hosting and outsourcing. We trust it will prove useful to our customers and the wider library community as we work together to support a modern and progressive library service”.
The new whitepaper 'Technology in Libraries: investing in the future' is available here.