Lesson 2: Buying Computers for a Library is More Complicated than it Looks
When I need a computer, I pray to the budget gods, log onto a PC manufacturer’s website (e.g. Dell or HP) and configure a machine. It’s pretty easy and the computer arrives a week or two later.
So I didn’t anticipate going into this project how many things the average systems librarian has to think about when buying computers. The list below is only partial! But I think I’m hitting the major steps in the process.