OUR MISSION

The primary mission of NICCL is to join together with other libraries to explore new emerging technologies, seek out best technology practices, obtain technology training, see vendor demonstrations of new technology or services, and negotiate pricing of technology hardware/software purchases and technology support services all for the benefit of the communities that we serve.

Member Benefits

Affordable
  • Computer support rates can equal $75-$135 per hour;  Consortium rates are significantly discounted
  • Consortium pricing opportunities for hardware and software
  • Members pay only for hours used.  Hours can be "pay as you go" or purchased in advance.
  • Eliminates employee benefits and payroll taxes associated with adding a staff position.
Flexible
  • Hours are used on "as needed" basis or on a schedule you set
  • Services range from simple repairs to complex consulting
Efficient
  • Well-trained group of technicians devoting 300 hours per week to consortium issues
  • Knowledge gained from individual project benefits the group
  • Consultation with a "big picture" view of local, state and national objectives.  Provider consults with the State Library and other state and federal agencies to remain in tune with current trends and activities.
Interactive
  • Members network on technology topics
  • Group meetings are held at least 4 times per year, either in person or virtually.

Services Provided By Technology Consultant

*Basic Services
  • Computer hardware/software specification
  • consultation including security recommendations
  • network design & configuration
  • software & hardware configuration
  • installation & upgrades
  • installation of peripherals
  • hardware/software conflict resolution
  • programming
  • hardware repair & maintenance for computers & peripheral devices
  
*Proactive Scheduled Maintenance

*Assistance in Development of Technology Plans to provide seamless integration of technology and achieve cost-effective individualized plan that mirrors organization's long-range goals & objectives

*Assistance with Development of Bid Specification Documents.  After bids are received, the Technology Consultant analyzes each for compliance with specifications and makes a recommendation based on greatest value comparing cost versus performance.

*Serves as Liaison Between the Members and Vendors to ensure the best interests of the Members are served.

*Coordinates Meeting and Site Visits as Needed and Interacts with Other Technology Experts to assist in implementation of new technology.

*Onsite Training

    NICCL Member Libraries



    Contact Information

    If you would like more information about NICCL, please contact:

    Terry Rheinheimer
    Library Director
    Middlebury Community Public Library
    (574) 825-5601
    terry@mdy.lib.in.us

    NICCL was established July 1, 1998 through an LSTA grant from the Indiana State Library.