7.1  |  Practices for updating to current versions of Internet browsers, web applications, and plug-ins (e.g., Java, PDF, Flash, Shockwave, Windows Media Player) are included in a technology management plan


Web browsers and applications that are installed on library computers need to be updated regularly to ensure that that patrons are able to access all features of the websites they visit and to repair security vulnerabilities. Out-of-date browsers and web applications interfere with patrons' ability to access websites and services that may be important or useful to them. Developers of web browsers and applications issue updates and patches frequently, and not usually on any particular schedule, so it is important for libraries to have a plan for keeping their computers up-to-date as these updates are rolled out. Libraries that do not directly maintain their computers should include requirements for timely updates to browsers and web applications in a service level agreement with whomever is responsible for computer maintenance.


FOR THE ASSESSMENT
Answer Yes if you have included procedures for updating browsers and web applications in your technology management plan.
Answer No, but plan to in the next year if you do not currently have procedures for updating browsers and web applications in your technology management plan, but plan to add them in the next year.
Answer No, would like to but cannot at this time if you would like to have procedures for updating browsers and web applications in your technology management plan but are unable to do so at this time.
Answer No, we have no plans to do so at this time if you do not have a technology management plan, or you do not intend to include procedures for updating browsers and web applications in your technology management plan.