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The Smart Way to Acquire New Technology: Creating a Successful RFP Workshop—Group Rate
Timothy J. Dickey
Item Number: 1541-9252
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $120.00
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This is a group rate for 3 or more people viewing from a single computer. If you are viewing alone or with one other viewer, please purchase at the individual rate.

A 2-part workshop, each session runs 90 minutes:

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:00pm Eastern/1:00 Central/12:00 Mountain/11:00am Pacific
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 2:00pm Eastern/1:00 Central/12:00 Mountain/11:00am Pacific

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The Smart Way to Acquire New Technology: Creating a Successful RFP Workshop
A 2-part workshop, Thursdays, October 19 and 26, 2017, starting at 2:00pm Eastern/1:00 Central/12:00 Mountain/11:00am Pacific on both days.

Making a new tech acquisition is one of the biggest decisions your library will have to make. Whether you are acquiring new software or hiring a consultant to do a major upgrade, you’ve got to get it right to avoid wasting time and resources that could set you back years. Rather than being a moment of fear, the process of selecting and acquiring new technology can instead be a time of growth and learning about your institution and your users.

In this two-part workshop, Timothy J. Dickey walks you through the complete process for acquiring new library technologies, from the internal assessment of user needs to the writing and evaluation of a Request for Proposal (RFP). You will explore the insights gained from an inventory of current technology at a library, from a careful assessment of user needs, and from examination of the breadth of the vendor landscape. The second session covers the construction of a complete RFP document, including evaluation criteria and peer feedback.

After participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the RFP process for library technology acquisitions
  • Gather institutional data in support of a new technology purchases
  • Assess the vendor options available to meet the identified needs
  • Assemble, write, and evaluate a coherent RFP

About the Instructor

Timothy J. Dickey is an adult public service librarian with the nationally-acclaimed Columbus Metropolitan Libraries and a library science educator teaching reference, research methods, and library technology for the faculties of Kent State University and San José State University. Prior to these positions, he assisted Lynn Sillipigni Connaway at the OCLC Office of Research, specializing in user studies and data mining research.


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