Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group (ALCTS) Community
Please join us for round table discussions with your colleagues to share creative ideas in Technical Services. Table 1 will be discussing the potential of digital objects and collections to open alternative paths for Technical Services librarians and present new avenues for us to re-assert our relevancy in the digital age. This table will be moderated by Rachel Jaffe and Stephanie Hess from Binghamton University Libraries. The topic at Table 2 will be creating a SWAT (Strategic Work and Tactics) Team to tackle backlogs and interdepartmental projects. Table 2 will be moderated by Liz Woolcott and Susanne Clement from Utah State University. Table 3 will explore opportunities to work outside one’s traditional role. This table will focus on successful collaborations between technical services and public services. Librarians from both technical and public services are encouraged to participate. This table will be moderated by Stephen Brooks from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Join us for round table discussions with your colleagues to share
creative ideas in technical services. Topics include:
1. Implementing a PDA Project. Moderator John Ballestro from Southern Illinois University Carbondale
2. Working Outside of Technical Services/ Collaboration with Public Services. Moderator Stephen Brooks from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3. Scholarly Communication and its Role in Technical Services. Moderator Sara Potvin from Texas A&M University – College Station
4. Implementing Resource Description and Access (RDA). Moderator Kavita Mundle from the University of Illinois at Chicago
The ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group is seeking an interested individual to serve as vice chair. The CITS IG provides a forum for discussion of issues within the field of technical services which are relevant to library staff at all levels, particularly those issues relating to the evolution of technical services as it affects and is affected by technology and greater interdependency among all library departments. It usually organizes an event at both ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference.
The vice chair would work closely with the 2013-2014 chair (Lynn Fields) for the first year and would then serve as chair in the second year (2014-2015). The term starts immediately following ALA Annual Conference 2013 (Chicago). The chair and vice-chair are responsible for planning discussion group meetings at ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference. This includes submitting meeting proposals, identifying topics, selecting recorders/facilitators, writing up reports, etc. More information about the Interest Group can be found on the ALA website at http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/ig/ats-dgcreat.
If interested please contact Wyoma vanDuinkerken at firstname.lastname@example.org> or Lynn Fields at email@example.com> by June 10.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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Texas A&M University – Riverside Campus
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Director, Technical Services
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The ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group will meet at the ALA 2011 Mid-Winter in San Diego, CA on Sunday, January 9, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in SDCC-Room 30. Attendees are invited to participate by joining one of the breakout sessions listed below. At the end of the discussion period, each group will share a brief summary of their conversation for the benefit of all participants.
The discussion topics are:
1. Next-Gen OPACs: Are We There Yet?
2. LC Subject Headings: Best Practices
3. Encroachment of Management Responsibilities on Tech Services Job Description
4. Opening up Library Usage Data
5. RDA and Small Libraries
6. Workflow Efficiency: Good Practices and Great Outcomes
**Volunteers Needed!** We are seeking volunteers to facilitate and record the discussions at each breakout session. Responsibilities include:
**Facilitators: Guide the discussion at a table, making sure everyone has an opportunity to participate and that the discussion progresses through the allotted time. The chair and vice-chair will provide the facilitators with a list of questions that may be used to guide the conversation.
**Recorders: Take notes during the discussion and send a written report to the chair as soon as possible after the meeting. These reports form the basis for the reports to ALCTS and published in Technical Services Quarterly.
If you are willing to serve as a facilitator or recorder for any of these topics, please send you name and contact information to Tony Fang (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Noon on Thursday, January 6. Please include an indication of any topics you are willing to facilitate and/or record.
We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Tony Fang, Chair, University of Minnesota Libraries
Libbie Crawford, Vice-Chair, OCLC
Technical services, like any other department in a library, is faced with the need to increase efficiencies so that it can purchase and catalog material as fast as possible, in order to meet the needs of today’s users. Some technical services departments across the United States have embraced these efficiencies by implementing services such as: Patron Driven Acquisitions, Group wide License Negation, and Rapid Cataloging in order to meet the changing needs of the library. Please join us at the ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Discussion Group as we discuss how these and other efficiencies have been implemented in Technical Service Departments around the United States.
ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group
Round table discussion
Time: Sunday, June 26, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: JW Marriott Orleans
Join us for a round table discussions with your colleagues to share
creative ideas in technical services. Possible topics include:
1. What tools are you using to create efficiencies in workflows?
2. How is your library planning to implement RDA?
3. How has the use of outsourcing affected your workflow?
4. How do you handle different work styles and preferences?
5. How do you prioritize cataloging activities?
6. What strategies do you use to handle backlogs, if you have them?
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The questions listed below are simply suggestions for guiding and structuring your conversation. You needn’t feel compelled to use the list or to cover all of the questions. Don’t hesitate to consider other, better questions that may come up during your conversation.
- How long has your library been collecting e-books? How have your acquisitions/cataloging/management policies/procedures changed in that time?
- How do provide access to your e-books? Through your catalog? Through an ERM? Through the vendor’s platform? Other ways?
- How do you keep statistics on electronic materials? Do you count them as physical volumes? Do you record usage statistics?
- Is your library providing access to any free e-books? Archive.org? Google books? Others?
- Do you ever de-select or "weed" e-books? How and why (not)?
- What do you like/dislike about current e-book platforms? What would you change to improve the reading environment?
- Do you foresee a time when e-books will replace print books entirely in your library? How will you know that it’s time?
- Many users have come to expect that journals will be available electronically, but some are less excited about e-books. What have you done or could you do to increase the use of and demand for e-books in your library?