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Online Doc Call for discussion facilitators #ALAMW17

by Amber Billey on Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 03:53 pm

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The Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group (CITSIG) of ALCTS seeks facilitators for roundtable discussions for its meeting at ALA Midwinter Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 1:00-2:30.

 

Housed within the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services division of ALA, the Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group was created to provide a forum to discuss issues related to the evolution of technical services. The group is especially interested in exploring the interdependency between departments and the ways in which technical services affects, and is affected by, technology and publishing trends.

 

Roundtable discussions are small, informal group discussions intended to give participants the opportunity to network, discuss best practices, and share information. Table size for roundtable discussions is capped at 10 participants per table. Discussion facilitators are responsible for identifying and developing a topic, creating discussion questions, and facilitating a discussion at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta in January 2017. If similar proposals are submitted and accepted, facilitators may be asked to co-facilitate.

 

Those interested in participating as a discussion facilitator should submit a proposal that includes:

  • The topic you wish to explore. Topics should relate to acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, classification, or preservation in academic, public, special, or school libraries.

  • How the topic you wish to explore applies to the evolution of technical services.

  • Three sample discussion questions.

 

Please submit your proposal by Friday, December 2, 2016 via this form: https://goo.gl/forms/CBl5Ee7jYTdZrKx93

 

Contact Amber Billey (amber.billey@columbia.edu) with any questions.

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Online Doc CITS-IG Session at ALA Annual 2016

by Amber Billey on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 09:29 am

Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group of ALCTS

Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group of ALCTS

ALA Annual Conference 2016

June 26, 2016

1-2:30pm in Hilton Orlando, Room Lake Highland

Chair: Amber Billey, Columbia University Libraries

Vice Chair: Whitney Buccicone, University of Washington Libraries

Outgoing Chair: Kelly Smith, Eastern Kentucky University

Session Report

Approximately 35 conference attendees gathered on 6 topics for round tables discussions on a range of topics affecting library technical services. Each round table discussion was facilitated by a topic moderator that proposed the topic prior to the conference, and a note taker was selected from each group. The notetaker was asked to record the discussion and distill it into three “big takeaways” to report back to the wider group at the end of the session.

See the attached document for the full report.

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Online Doc ALA Midwinter 2016 CITSIG Roundtable Reports

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 07:31 am

ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group (CITSIG) Meeting

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm | ALA Scheduler: http://bit.ly/1N8YIZx

64 Attendees

Kelly Smith, Chair 2015-2016

Amber Billey, Vice Chair 2015-2016

 

Trends in collection format and use

Facilitator: Amy Fry, Bowling Green State University

Important points

ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group (CITSIG) Meeting

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm | ALA Scheduler: http://bit.ly/1N8YIZx

64 Attendees

Kelly Smith, Chair 2015-2016

Amber Billey, Vice Chair 2015-2016

 

Trends in collection format and use

Facilitator: Amy Fry, Bowling Green State University

Important points

  • Push back to vendors – push from top
  • People still want print
  • Restrictions on use -> Publishers haven’t made them open; faculty don’t understand they have these restrictions – 4 hrs. checkout – Need to make ebooks usable as books
  • eBooks don’t work well outside of fiction
  • eBooks leaving packages problematic
  • DDA – short term loan or strategically build useful eBook collection we couldn’t afford

Biggest takeaways

  • Not common to purchase multiple formats
  • Single/multiple record issues
  • Knowledgebase content problems
  • Survey our own institutions to push back
  • Space squeeze; lack of storage
  • Less collaboration? Consortia woes.
  • Get rid of print books we have in e?

 

Merger mania: What is the fall out and what are the concerns?  

Facilitator: Joe Badics, Eastern Michigan University

Important points

  • Concerns about a monopoly – no control, no choice – competition needed to have choice of price, service options
  • Mergers / Subsidiaries – it’s a mess and confusing
    • Who do I contact?
    • Competitor’s products//future of products
    • Backfile?
    • Switch of titles between publishers

Biggest takeaway

  • People need to stay alert to what is going on! Librarians need to justify who we do business with and be more business savvy.

 

How can technical services staff use their skills to go beyond/work around "standard" systems to better serve their users' needs?

Facilitator: Betty Landesman, University of Baltimore

Most important points

  • There are collections that are not well served by LCSH.
  • There are local issues (funding, consortial practice, etc.) that are problems
  • There are local needs (university author lists, theses) that are not being met

Biggest takeaways

  • Don't

be confined by vocabularies, budgets, vendors, staffing, user behavior, insularity.

  • Do

Build your own vocabularies (create or use other thesauri)

Expand existing schema (MARC) to the max

Use freeware (Google forms) to help catalog problem titles

Work to change job descriptions and nurture staff in new roles

Use shelf-ready solutions

Teach users to search

Network within and outside your institution

 

Metadata for institutional repositories: Who catalogs the digital library?

Facilitator: Ellen Bahr, Alfred University

Important points

  • Ownership varies from institution to institution: Librarian who started IR; student workers; catalogers & archivists together
  • Authorities used in metadata: LC in some cases, fast headings in some cases, keywords in others
  • IR referalls are mainly from search engines, not catalogs, so MARC records in catalog are probably not needed – except theses & dissertations. ETDs are in catalog in most instances & half institutions have automated systems to do this so it’s relatively quick & easy.

Biggest takeaway

  • Professionals may not be needed to complete IR metadata – that work can be delegated to staff or students in most cases

 

Managing e-serials: Creating an interdependent workflow between multiple technical services department for large academic libraries

Facilitator: Ying Zhangm, University of Central Florida

Important points

  • eResources needs more resources – how can libraries shift some of the work from units doing print cataloging or even eResource cataloging to help eResources, particularly as libraries are trying to shift from print to e?
  • Things shift from print to electronic – how do we communicate those changes? Close communications from collection development to eResources/Acquisitions to Cataloging and then back is important although workflow tools are still being developed
  • What gets cataloged in an increasingly electronic & discovery level coded environments? KB generated MARC records help as does OCLC Worldcat Management Systems when also cataloging title level data from packages

Biggest takeaway

  • eResources departments need more support! Organizations are looking at altering structure where they can but collections decisions and budget challenges are making adaptation slow while day-to-day existing work must go on. Communication between groups is vital.

 

Staff-led change in technical services

Facilitator: Jeanne Harrell, Texas A&M University

Important points

  • Empower people to think outside of what they do.
    • Do we need to keep doing it?
    • What can we eliminate?
    • Why are we doing this?
  • Remove multiple steps – simplify – ask people that are doing the job
  • Fear @ losing their jobs – reassure them, add projects if not enough to do
  • Communication is key – more transparent – need to know if there are parameters.
  • Codify procedures – shared drive or wiki – and review them regularly
  • Meet with other departments

Biggest takeaway

  • The more communication the better.

 

Does location matter? Creating a user-centric technical services dept. in an off-site location 

Facilitator: Christine Dulaney, American University

Important points

  • Response of tech services staff: “marginalized” “had no say” “no discussion” “flabbergasted”
  • Other “non-tech-services” staff are now apprehensive & appreciate current proximity
  • New Technology           
    • New initiatives – “behind closed doors but central”
    • Remote Storage / Scanning = w/offices
    • Questions:
      • User-centric tech services = user-facing? Is it a mindset?
      • Student employees?
      • Liability?
      • Successful tech services by nature = “being invisible”; need to counter this by being our own advocates

Biggest takeaways

  • Reactive: No endorsement for tech services
  • Need to be proactive & advocate by:
  1. Strategic planning / space / services / needs for tech
  2. User-centric = user-facing; we love our users
  3. Historically success means being invisible, self-effacing - need to advocate instead
  4. Work done by tech staff (rushes, holds, etc.) – circ often “gets credit” because they hand items to patrons; need to evolve those services (scanning, rushing, ordering, notifying, etc.) and take credit for them

 

The Age of Enlightenment arrives in technical services  

Facilitator: Laura Turner, University of San Diego

Important points/questions

  • How have our jobs in tech services given way to a larger role that was perhaps unexpected or that go beyond the position’s normal scope of duties? What were the factors that created the need?
    • Working in a small library as a contract worker in a position that merged two positions: a reference position and a cataloging position. There are only 11 library staff, all librarians, so they all do everything.
    • Working as an acquisitions and collection management librarian, but had to absorb periodicals from Reference into tech services, and electronic resources too—came from Ref to TS. In a previous position, working as an acquisitions librarian, but had to help out in Reference when staffing issues required it.
    • Working as a cataloger, but is also the liaison to the Music Dept. At first, the understanding was that I would be helping with collection development, but this past summer was asked to help with an accreditation project to establish a Master’s degree program in the department. This required a lot of coordination among several staff in the library, which has been time consuming, and also delving deeply into the library environment in a larger way.
    • Working as a music cataloger, but seem to do very little cataloging. There is a lot of research that is required, and a lot of committee work. I am probably only cataloging about half of the time.
    • Was hired as an Institutional Repository manager, and I still do that, but I’ve been pulled into chairing a committee that is managing the Law School web site. Also, my department has taken on a lot of marketing for the library, and we are in the center of it although other departments around campus are involved. Our traditional workflows are shrinking in tech services. The marketing piece involves news feature updates, designing visuals, tying into social media, etc.
    • Working in a community college library in tech services, but have had to spend a lot of time on a campus curriculum committee and have taken on systems duties. Also, am having to give about three orientations to the library per week and work reference.
    • Working as the Head of Tech Services, but I was asked to be a space planner for the library in addition to my usual duties. I consulted with architecture faculty and had to visit lots of sites to get ideas, and then had to serve as a consultant to the architects.
    • Who or what have you had to consult while taking on these additional duties? What helped to make you more comfortable?
      • Worked with a colleague who had more technical expertise in the area
      • Watched a more experienced librarian who fills the same role as they perform their work, and get pointers
      • Developed a committee to organize in a more holistic way and to plan
      • Went to my supervisor to get advice
      • Online research, and attending conference sessions to get ideas---finding out how others handle similar challenges in their libraries
    • How has assuming the new duties had an impact on your “normal” duties?
      • Have had to restructure priorities and workflows
      • Empower the staff
    • How was it to step out of your comfort zone?
      • Mostly positive reactions.

 

Biggest takeaway

Discussion centered on having associated or transferable skills but having to apply them in a new context or a new way that involves, in some cases, a steep learning curve. In some cases, time frames were really tight, or work needed to begin right away. In others, a larger administrative view is affecting how quickly work and changes can be made. There were also deadlines external to the library that had to be accommodated, and this had a direct impact on how much time could be spent learning how to accomplish the assumed duties. However, the general core of the discussion revealed that there is a definite understanding that there is a good way to not only perform the new duties, but to learn them, and that a lot of thought has to be given to both when one is suddenly faced with new expectations.

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Event ALA Midwinter 2016 CITSIG Roundtable Meeting Agenda

by Kelly Smith-KY (non-member) on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 09:01 am

ALA Scheduler Link

Please join us for 8 roundtable discussions on a variety of topics. Choose the one that interests you most! We look forward to seeing you there!

1. Trends in collection format and use

Facilitator: Amy Fry, Electronic Resources Coordinator, Bowling Green State University

ALA Scheduler Link

Please join us for 8 roundtable discussions on a variety of topics. Choose the one that interests you most! We look forward to seeing you there!

1. Trends in collection format and use

Facilitator: Amy Fry, Electronic Resources Coordinator, Bowling Green State University

Libraries are buying more ebooks and increasingly using DDA as a method of acquisition. However, studies indicate most library users prefer print and the data about ebook use is problematic and misleading. How can libraries approach collection development and management responsively and responsibly? Using all the formats and methods of acquisition for collections at our disposal, libraries need to find a way to build collections that will be in the right format at the right time for the right needs. What strategies for collecting and analyzing data will help us make the best decisions?

2. Merger mania: What is the fall out and what are the concerns?

Facilitator: Joe Badics, Acquisitions Librarian, Eastern Michigan University

Recent years have seen an increasing number of mergers and sales and a major vendor bankruptcy. How does this affect the way our institutions do business?

3. How can technical services staff use their skills to go beyond/work around "standard" systems to better serve their users' needs?

Facilitator: Betty Landesman, Head of Technical Services and Content Management, University of Baltimore

We're a long way from the brave new world of linked data, working in "the cloud", etc., but our users can't wait for that brave new world.  If our ILS/OPAC doesn't suffice to market new materials, or LCSH when we have specialized materials that have their own vocabularies [and LC's genre headings project doesn't include them], or if using ERM-type software like SFX is handled only by people in other departments, what CAN we do or change - even if it's a small thing - to go "outside the box"?

4. Metadata for institutional repositories: Who catalogs the digital library?

Facilitator: Ellen Bahr, Information Systems Librarian, Alfred University

The introduction of institutional repositories (and other digital asset management systems) has made metadata creation a more complex task. Libraries take a variety of approaches to creating metadata for digital collections, sometimes locating the work with a repository manager/staff, and sometimes involving catalogers and technical services staff. This roundtable will explore approaches to creating metadata for digital collections, at both small and large institutions, with a focus on effective workflows and staffing models.

5. Managing e-serials: Creating an interdependent workflow between multiple technical services department for large academic libraries

Facilitator: Ying Zhang, Interim Head of Acquisitions & Collection Services, University of Central Florida

This roundtable will discuss how electronic resources, collection services, cataloging and interlibrary loan collaborate in designing a workflow to manage the changes in e-serials. Departments in technical services are used to close collaboration in the print world. With the exponential growth in electronic resources and increasing use of discovery services, the workflow relies entirely on constant communication to ensure timely updates and seamless access in the catalog and discovery services. Not only do departments in technical services become codependent with each other, but they are also pushed closer to the public services.

6. Staff-led change in technical services

Facilitator: Jeanne Harrell, Interim Director of Collection Development Operations & Acquisitions Services, Texas A&M University

Libraries in general seem to be less "top-down" than they used to be.  Has this approach reached technical services yet? 

7. Does location matter? Creating a user-centric technical services dept. in an off-site location

Facilitator: Christine Dulaney, Director of Technical Services, American University

As library space in the main library is considered at a premium for "student-facing" activities, space for non-student facing activities such as technical services departments are vulnerable to relocation to an off-site facility.  How can technical services demonstrate value as a student-facing activity?  How can technical services provide user-centric cataloging and access from an off-site location?  How can technical services prevent feeling detached from library users?

8. The Age of Enlightenment arrives in technical services

Facilitator: Laura Turner, Head of Technical Services, University of San Diego

Today’s technical services librarian serves such roles in the academic library as workshop/classroom instructor, development officer, library administrator, exhibit creator, and faculty liaison.  This discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges of thinking about ourselves first as librarians, then as professionals that work within our library's technical services department. 

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Event Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 07:07 pm

1. Topic: The impact of discovery layers on Technical Services staff
Facilitator: Erika Johnson, University of San Francisco

While some libraries have made the switch to next-generation library systems that only have a discovery layer, others are running both a discovery layer and a traditional catalog. This discussion will investigate whether such duplication is still necessary for some resources, and the impacts on tech services staff.

1. Topic: The impact of discovery layers on Technical Services staff
Facilitator: Erika Johnson, University of San Francisco

While some libraries have made the switch to next-generation library systems that only have a discovery layer, others are running both a discovery layer and a traditional catalog. This discussion will investigate whether such duplication is still necessary for some resources, and the impacts on tech services staff.

2. Topic: Redesigning libraries and archives using user experience design
Facilitator: Alexandra Lederman, Teachers College, Columbia University

As digital repositories grow into maturity, how can libraries and archives redesign them to maximize design and patron experience? We'll examine well-designed and recently re-designed digital archives while considering a question set inspired by user experience (UX) design.

3. Topic: Streaming media
Facilitator: Beth Bernhardt - Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications
Streaming Media - Come join the discussion on how technical services departments are handling request for streaming media. How do you fill these requests? What are the options for streaming media? And how are you communicating this information to your users?
4. Topic: Acquisitions of digital materials
Facilitator: Dana Haugh, Teachers College, Columbia University

Materials budgets have shifted to accommodate large journal and database subscriptions, single-title article access, and most recently, ebook holdings. Can libraries use the digital age as a means to change the digital publishing system and distribution?

5. Topic: Assessment and Technical Services
Facilitator: Leanne Finnigan, Temple University Libraries

Though library assessment has long been associated with public services, technical services departments increasingly play an essential role, both as supportive partners and as the subjects of assessment. In this discussion, we will share challenges we face and brainstorm ways to engage in assessment most effectively.

6. Topic: Using service experience design to create user-centered library services
Facilitator: Meredith Powers, Teachers College, Columbia University

How can library staff be encouraged take a user-centered approach towards library services as a whole, rather than as independent entities? The concept of service experience design takes a macro view of user/patron experience, and can help us take a broader approach to policy development. Discuss how looking at the library from a holistic perspective might lead us to better evaluate and assess the whole library ecology, and deliver better user services in all contexts.

7. Topic: Cataloging and Describing Graphic Materials: Negotiating New Terrain
Facilitators: Nicole Smeltekop, Michigan State University Libraries and Tim Kiser, Michigan State University Libraries
As more technical services work becomes automated, many of us have found that cataloging becomes more directed toward the unique materials held by our institutions. This roundtable will focus on practices in cataloging and describing graphic materials of all kinds (maps, posters, photographs, and more) in both physical and digital formats.

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Event Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 02:44 pm

1. Topic: Toward a symbiotic relationship: Technical Services and Special Collections/Archives

Facilitator: Mackenzie Brooks

This roundtable discussion will focus on the potentially symbiotic relationship between technical services and special collections and archives. As automation frees up staff time (theoretically), how is your technical services department taking advantage of the opportunities for original metadata creation for your institution’s unique materials?

2. Topic: Blended positions in Technical Services

1. Topic: Toward a symbiotic relationship: Technical Services and Special Collections/Archives

Facilitator: Mackenzie Brooks

This roundtable discussion will focus on the potentially symbiotic relationship between technical services and special collections and archives. As automation frees up staff time (theoretically), how is your technical services department taking advantage of the opportunities for original metadata creation for your institution’s unique materials?

2. Topic: Blended positions in Technical Services

Facilitators: Erin E. Boyd, Elyssa Gould, & Emily Sanford

"Blended" positions are positions for which 25 % or more of the job responsibilities encompass more than one area within a library. This topic will discuss new opportunities and challenges that come with job responsibilities, skills, and knowledge that expand upon what is considered the traditional "technical services" position.

3. Topic: Developing skills in Cataloging Department personnel

Facilitators: Dan Tam Do, Hayley Moreno

In recent years, numerous changes have occurred in the bibliographic universe, where RDA, BIBFRAME, linked data and programming languages are ever more widely discussed and applied. This roundtable discussion hopes to challenge participants in forecasting the future of cataloging as well as generate ideas on how we can develop the skills of current personnel to succeed in that future.

4. Topic: Best practices for batch editing bibliographic and authority data

Facilitator: Julene L. Jones

How are you keeping your catalog “clean”? With potential ILS migrations, large changes in authorized access points, and the mixing of RDA and legacy metadata, what best practices do you use for batch editing your bibliographic and authority data?

5. Topic: Strategies for improving awareness and access to data among departments in medium and large academic libraries

Facilitators: Peter Spyers-Duran, Kristine J. Shrauger

In this forum we will discuss strategies for improving awareness and access to data among library departments—data that is stored in different locations, in different formats, and is often password protected. We will explore ideas concerning organizational structure and culture, training, information management, and the utilization of technology.

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Event Creative Ideas in Technical Services

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Join us for round table discussions with your colleagues to share creative ideas in Technical Services. Topics include:

Join us for round table discussions with your colleagues to share creative ideas in Technical Services. Topics include:

1. Libraries implementing patron driven acquisitions programs experience many operational challenges. This round table discussion will focus on how libraries are addressing metadata, budgeting, workflow, and other issues arising from this complex service. Table moderated by Kelly Smith from Eastern Kentucky University Libraries.
2. 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. Table moderated by Rachel Jaffe and Stephanie Hess from Binghamton University Libraries.
3. Taking cataloging skills outside the Cataloging Department. This round table discussion will focus on how the skills of catalogers and other traditional technical services units can be applied to other areas of the library. Table moderated by Marcy Strong of River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester.
4. Cross-departmental strategies for eliminating backlogs. This round table discussion will focus on implementing cross-departmental teams and innovative ways for tackling backlogs. Table moderated by Brad Cole and Liz Woolcott from Utah State University.
5. How do you juggle creative ideas, the skills needed to sustain and successfully launch these ideas, and possible fears about how these ideas will entail change? Table moderated by Jennifer Eustis from the University of Connecticut.

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Event Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 07:22 pm

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.

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.

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Event Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 07:07 pm

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

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

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Discussion Call for Vice-Chair Nominations for the ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group

by Lynnette Fields on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 08:03 am

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 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 wvanduin@library.tamu.edu> or Lynn Fields at lfields@siue.edu> by June 10.

 

 We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 Chair 2012-2013

 

Wyoma vanDuinkerken

Associate Professor

Director of the Joint Library Facility

Texas A&M University – Riverside Campus

1568 Warehouse Rd, Bryan, TX 77807

Building Number 8520

Email: wvanduin@library.tamu.edu> Tel: (979) 862-2878

 

Vice-Chair 2012-2013

Lynn Fields

Director, Technical Services

Library and Information Services
Campus Box 1063
30 Hairpin Drive
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1063

Email: lfields@siue.edu> Tel: (618) 650-2351

 

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