Hardware and Software Policies
SCLS and its member libraries recognize and acknowledge the rapid pace of library technologies and the need to provide adequate hardware and software to our patrons and library staff. In order to provide the best possible service, computer hardware and software must meet a minimum standard of performance, capacity, speed, and standardization to function successfully.
Maintaining PC hardware and software past its lifecycle negatively affects both member libraries and SCLS staff through the increase in work needed to support obsolete hardware and the inability to provide the applications needed by patrons. Moreover, non-standard hardware increases workload by requiring SCLS staff to maintain a unique parts inventory, create specialized installation packages, and acquire additional training on non-standard equipment.
Member libraries should be aware that obsolete hardware most likely will not meet the minimum requirements of today’s standard software applications and therefore such applications cannot be installed on obsolete hardware.