At present technology planning in libraries is as important an element as architecture, space planning, and interior design. Yet there are few aspects of librarianship that are changing and advancing with such speed as technological innovation, storage formats, and user needs and expectations. We are fortunate to have moved past the time where fear of the obsolescence of the library building due to technology and the virtual library dominated library literature.
The 80s and 90s, according to Leckie were a time when the library building was presented as outmoded (Leckie 233.) Today we know that the physical presence of the library, be it academic, public, or school, is an integral part of all communities due to it’s offering of programs and services, collections (in all formats,) knowledgeable personnel, and technology. It is the integration of technology with what is considered traditional librarianship that increases services to patrons and makes technology planning so crucial yet exciting.
Recognizing all of that, it is of paramount importance that a well planned technological system, be implemented in any new building plan or library renovation. The plan must include a vision for the present as well as plans for the future both short and long term. It must also take into consideration staff and patron needs as well as space needs while staying realistic to what is necessary and possible. Having a well thought out and executed plan could lead to patrons spending more time in the library taking advantage of research tools, easy access and workstation and software options they may not otherwise have access to (Bazillion and Braun 7.)