Learning about the TechAtlas inventory tools

May 25, 2006

Yesterday, WebJunction presented a webcast on Using the TechAtlas Inventory Tools. Thanks to those of you who participated in the session – we received many good questions and suggestions for improvements to the TechAtlas inventory tools, so we appreciate your feedback.

For those of you who missed the session yesterday, we have posted a video recording of the webcast on WebJunction's TechAtlas Online Learning Opportunities page. A copy of the PowerPoint slides used during the presentation is also available, and we'll be adding a "quick guide" to the TechAtlas inventory tools soon.

We'll be offering additional TechAtlas webcasts throughout the summer, so please join us – you can register for future sessions from the same TechAtlas Online Learning Opportunities page.


Beginning the real work

May 16, 2006

Today we held a kickoff meeting for the TechAtlas "phase three" development project. This project will eventually lead to the release of a new TechAtlas version 2.3 later this year.

As we begin to draft our designs for new functionality that we hope to introduce in TechAtlas 2.3, we will be asking WebJunction members who are current TechAtlas users to provide us with feedback on those proposed new features. We need your help to keep us on track in delivering TechAtlas features that will have immediate value for libraries using the tool.

We'll be posting more details on proposed new features for TechAtlas in the near future, but in the meantime, if you work in a library that is using TechAtlas and would be interested in providing feedback on the TechAtlas 2.3 development process, please drop a note to Jeff Hall at WebJunction.

We’re making a list…

May 12, 2006

As we gear up for an additional round of software development work on “WebJunction’s TechAtlas“, we find that suggestions offered up by TechAtlas users provide ideas for enhancements that are both strategic and tactical in nature.

Just yesterday, a TechAtlas user from a public library in Missouri suggested that we expand the list of peripheral types in the TechAtlas inventory tools to include UPS (uninterruptible power supply), in addition to the existing selections for printers, routers, fax machines, etc. While this is a fairly straightforward suggestion, and not a big challenge to implement, it’s exactly the type of “fix” that we would have missed without feedback from the community.

So keep those ideas coming our way, whether they be big issues or small issues. We want to make the TechAtlas tools as relevant for public libraries as we can, and we need your ideas to do that! Let us hear from you in comments posted to this blog, or by e-mail at techatlas@webjunction.org

TechAtlas for Libraries Summer School

May 11, 2006

If you're interested in learning more about how to use specific features within TechAtlas, make sure to visit WebJunction's TechAtlas Online Learning Opportunities page.  On that page you'll find details about several webcasts that WebJunction will be offering over the course of this summer to introduce you to portions of the TechAtlas tool suite that you might not have explored yet.

These webcasts are free and open to all WebJunction members, but we do ask that you register in advance since space for each event is limited.  You can register for each event directly from the TechAtlas Online Learning Opportunities page.

Welcome to the WebJunction TechAtlas Blog

May 10, 2006

Here we will discuss topics related to upcoming development of WebJunction's TechAtlas planning toolset for libraries.

  • Section 508 web accessibility.
  • Usability issues identified by OCLC usability tests in February.
  • Expanding reporting capabilities for the partner account level.
  • Improvements to the Event Tracker tool.
  • A new “technology replacement wizard” tool.
  • A new software license inventory tool.
  • An enhanced/re-worked Staff Skills Survey.
  • Downloadable “network notebook.”
  • and more…

We're looking forward to your input and to some great new work.