The Austin Public Library (APL) is committed to providing easy access to books and information for all ages, through responsive professionals, engaging programs, and state-of-the-art technology in a safe and friendly environment.
The Austin Public Library Information Systems division has two groups. Desktop Support is responsible for 23 physical locations and supports approximately 375 staff members and 1,100 computers.
The public uses more than half of these computers for personal Web browsing and computing sessions.
Programming Support is largely responsible for maintaining and improving systems such as the department’s intranet, the public-facing website and online catalog.
2016 Facts and Figures
14 full-time Information Technology employees
$2,351,173 Information Technology annual budget
Highlights and Achievements
Preparation, planning, and coordination of the $130 million new Central Library.
The facility will include Video over IP distribution throughout the facility including a 350-seat events center and a nine-panel video wall.
Automation of circulation of laptops and tablets throughout the library.
The network design and utilization of wired computing devices was designed to utilize a robust virtual desktop environment.
Completed RFID Conversion of the second half of the libraries (10 locations). The Library system has completed migration to a new technology to inventory, circulate and secure physical items in the library collection. RFID tags, technology and equipment have been installed and is now being used in all 21 Austin Public Library locations.
Enhanced the Library website to create a better user experience, including blogs and an event calendar display.