In 2008, the La Conner Regional Library was looking at replacing its old public computers. At least one crashed on a daily basis, only some of the drives worked and they were a pain since we have no onsite IT people.
I gave a short presentation recently on the 5½ Big Lessons that I learned while assembling, writing and editing the MaintainIT Cookbooks. Needless to say, I borrowed these insights from the hundreds of knowledgeable, hard-working librarians we interviewed over the past three years. Each lesson deserves some eleboration, so I’m going to write about each as a separate post over the next few weeks.
I interviewed Monique Sendze of Johnson County Library for our third Cookbook last year and this excerpt stood out for me because I agree so strongly with her argument (virtualization can save you time and money) and because she makes the case so enthusiastically.