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Elizabeth Siler's picture

ALCTS New Members Interest Group Chats: We need your input!!!

Is there is something you would like to chat about?  ALCTS New Members Interest Group needs your help with ideas on what topics to discuss for our monthly chats.  The chats are meant to help our new members navigate the waters as professional librarians working in technical services.  In the past we have covered networking, publishing, job hunting, and workplace politics.  If there any topics you would like us to cover just reply to this post.  Thanks for your help!!! 

Mara Egherman's picture

Hello, I am in my second year working at a small liberal arts college library, and we have just subscribed to the Bowker Book Analysis System for hopefully weeding what appears to be a large number of outdated items from our collection. I would appreciate knowing how any of you have used that particular tool, but also just general guidelines as to what might be recommended "sweeps" of the collection. For example, I was told that a large sweep several years ago was to remove any item that had not been checked out since the library began an automated circulation system and was not listed in _Resources for College Libraries_ as a general guideline. That still leaves us with a lot of books that have not been used at all in 20 years, CD Roms, VHS tapes, etc that I think are prime candidates for weeding. Additionally, I wonder if there are established methods for "matching" items in my collection to  courses or majors in the undergraduate curriculum, by LC subject heading or something. I will be more inclined to keep an item if it is really in line with a course that is routinely taught. Any ideas? Thanks!

Mara M J Egherman, MA, MLIS

Collection Management Librarian, Central College, Pella, Iowa USA

eghermanm@central.edu

Elizabeth Siler's picture

Thank you for your suggestion Mara!  Our chats tend to focus on topics of interest to new librarians, but we can consider a looking into issues for colleciton analysis.  I would also suggest looking into the ALCTS eforums that often cover topics similar to this. 

John Hallin's picture

Hi, I'm a new librarian who's interested in becoming a cataloging librarian. However, all the job posts seem to be for experienced catalogers. How do you break into the field?

Thanks!

Elizabeth Siler's picture

We are hosting a webinar in April about Careers in Technical Services that can help you with your question.  In addition, will be holding an open chat later in April on this same topic to corresond with webinar.  Keep checking our Connect page and ALCTS listservs for upcoming information on these two events.  Thanks for your feedback!

Elizabeth Siler's picture

We are hosting a webinar in April about Careers in Technical Services that can help you with your question.  In addition, will be holding an open chat later in April on this same topic to corresond with webinar.  Keep checking our Connect page and ALCTS listservs for upcoming information on these two events.  Thanks for your feedback!

Laura Buller (non-member)'s picture

I am wondering about the use of computers at the lower grade school level? Does anyone out there think, as I do, that putting little children on a computer for teaching purposes, without any outside program, is not a good idea. I really have not seen any classes which directly address this suggestion, so would welcome the experience of other librarians/students. Thanks

Laura Buller