Libraries are using resources such as Tech Soup and EDGE to improve library technology services. There are many tools available to assist you in planning technology for your library.
Tech Soup has many high-level tools specifically designed for libraries and technology planning:
"A technology plan is a lot like a strategic plan or a project plan. It’s a formal mechanism for helping you to see where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re going. Technology planning is especially vital because bad decisions in this area can cost so much in terms of "wasted" spending and staff time. It reflects feedback from your key stakeholders (staff, patrons, board members), and also ties back to your strategic priorities and your long-range goals.
See the Tech Soup collaborative Planning for Success Cookbook here..
The Edge Library Toolkit can accessed here.
These are the basic requirements. Your needs may vary. Microsoft stopped support for Windows XP April 14, 2014. Most anti-virus programs are no longer available for XP.
There are many options and organizations where Technology and computer equipment can be purchased. You may have restrictions or options with your town. Below are some reccomendations and other options yhou may not be aware of.