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The ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS IG) is seeking proposals for presentations at ALA Midwinter 2013, in Seattle, WA. RPLTS will meet from 10:30-11:30 on Saturday, January 26th at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel (Municipal Room).

All topics related to the role of the professional librarian in technical services are welcome, and presenters will be allotted approximately 15-20 minutes, with a short time for questions after the presentations.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following

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Discussion Slides from ALCTS RPLTS Interest Group Midwinter 2013 Program

by Allison Yanos on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

The presenters at the RPLTS IG's Midwinter 2013 session have made their presentation slides available.  Below are the presentation summaries.

Impact of library-wide reorganization on Technical Services at the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

Anastasia Guimaraes, Head, Metadata Services/Batchprocessing & Data Support units, University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

Andrea Langhurst, Head, Electronic Resources & Acquisitions Pay unit, University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

The presenters at the RPLTS IG's Midwinter 2013 session have made their presentation slides available.  Below are the presentation summaries.

Impact of library-wide reorganization on Technical Services at the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

Anastasia Guimaraes, Head, Metadata Services/Batchprocessing & Data Support units, University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

Andrea Langhurst, Head, Electronic Resources & Acquisitions Pay unit, University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame have been experiencing organizational transition over a number of years – starting with the departure of a long-serving Director of Libraries in early 2010, through transitions including introduction of a new University Librarian and a university-wide early retirement offering, and culminating in a library-wide reorganization with detailed reporting lines and structure just announced mid-September 2012.  During this presentation, we would share observations on how transition and reorganization affected us as professional librarians and impacted areas of technical services such as Acquisitions, Electronic Resources, Cataloging & Metadata, and Licensing – consolidating areas which had fallen within as many as 5 different departments over recent years into one large program area that now includes more than 40 library staff and faculty.  Discussing impact on:

*Current and former roles of technical services librarians within the organization

*Internal communications – integrating formerly independent departments to work differently as part of a larger program

*Partnership observations within the larger organization

*Staffing: new roles/new people/new tasks

*Challenges and Opportunities of leadership – supervising professional and para-professional staff in a changing environment

*Approaching training opportunities in a new environment

Retooling, Reskilling, RDA 

Roman S. Panchyshyn, Catalog Librarian & Assistant Professor, Kent State University

This presentation will focus on the transformation currently taking place with professional librarians in Technical Services at Kent State University Libraries. 1) Professional librarians have actively played a role in bringing certain workflow processes back into the department. We have taken over many of the functions that were previously done by systems staff, especially in the area of electronic resource cataloging, batch cataloging and management. Professional librarians have undergone an active reskilling process to help bring new skills into the department. This reskilling process is impacting paraprofessional staff as well, since more departmental resources, and budget dollars need to be applied to electronic resource management workflows. 2) The role of the professional librarian as teacher is becoming more prominent and crucial, especially with RDA adoption and training. It is the professional librarian’s role to establish levels of competency and develop procedures for both paraprofessional staff and student assistants. 3) Kent State University Libraries is now a Tier 1 library in the OhioLINK consortium regarding cataloging and maintenance of bibliographic records in the OhioLINK central catalog; our records are prominently visible statewide. Professional librarians are being asked, more than ever, to take leadership roles in both OhioLINK and in the state. By assuming these leadership roles, it insures that technical services librarians are present “at the table” when administrative decisions are made, at both local and consortial levels, that impact the future roles of the department and its staff.

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Event Role of the Professional in Technical Services Interest Group

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

Please join the RPLTS Interest Group for the following two presentations:

Please join the RPLTS Interest Group for the following two presentations:

Spandex Positions - Librarian Flexibility in Technical Services
Jane Skoric, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Santa Clara University
How do we manage expanding positions? What to do when our roles are ambiguous? This presentation will give a realistic overview (with an optimistic spin) of one professional librarian's experiences in the technical services department of a mid-size academic library.
Two years ago I was hired into a "newly redefined position" as Cataloging and Metadata Librarian. The position I replaced was the Head of Technical Services. During the interview, a librarian stated, "But we need someone to manage the electronic resources. Who is going to do that work?" Thus, although the position announcement did not address several of the immediate needs of the technical services department, I chose to do so. My primary duties became the direct supervision of 6 support staff and the management of e-resources. Many other changes, including to whom I report, and other colleagues’ evolving roles have occurred in the past two years. As 21st century libraries evolve, how and by whom will the roles of professional librarians in technical services be defined?

Emerging Leadership roles for Technical Services Librarians and Training for professional and non-professional staff
Stephanie P. Hess, Electronic Resources Librarian, Binghamton University
Leadership roles in Technical Services are shifting as the potential of digital collections continues to open new career paths for Technical Services staff. Employment opportunities for metadata/ cataloging librarians, digitization experts, and electronic resources librarians now require skill sets that are prompting many of us to become project managers and/ or administrators of electronic resource management systems and next Gen catalogs. These emerging technologies entail extensive re-vamping of workflows and the introduction of more egalitarian training techniques that will reach library staff at all levels. This presentation will cover the nuances of leadership and include tips on “leading from where you are” as well as offer ideas regarding how to approach staff training and re-deploy existing staff when implementing new workflows within an evolving cross-departmental setting.

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Event Role of the Professional in Technical Services Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 07:37 pm

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The Role of Project Management in an Academic Library
Mary S. Laskowski, Head, Collection Management Services, Technical Services Division Coordinator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jennifer A. Maddox Abbott, Technical Services Project Coordinator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Please join the RPLTS Interest Group for the following two presentations:

The Role of Project Management in an Academic Library
Mary S. Laskowski, Head, Collection Management Services, Technical Services Division Coordinator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jennifer A. Maddox Abbott, Technical Services Project Coordinator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The field of "Project Management" is expansive and can seem daunting, but even knowing the basics can be beneficial for librarians. We plan to share an overview of project management and discuss the role project management plays in an academic library, and, more specifically, the role it plays in technical services. Using our unit, Collection Management Services (CMS), at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a concrete example, we will walk through two different projects that we've completed to demonstrate how technical services professionals can use project management in effective ways. We will first share some of the nuts and bolts information-the "what" of project management. What is it? What is involved? Then we will look at the role project management plays in practical terms-the "how" of project management. How do we integrate projects into the normal work of our units? How do we manage projects? And finally, we're going to look at the role of project management in the more philosophical terms of "why". Why do we worry about managing projects? Why does it matter? In the current budget climate, scoping technical service work as defined projects, and using effective project management to not only manage the project but assess its worth to the organization, can lead to increased opportunities to enhance access to collections.

Information Literacy and the Technical Services Department
Laura Turner, Head of Technical Services, Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, University of San Diego

Information literacy (IL) has become a requirement by many accrediting agencies, making it one of the hottest topics in public services today. There are endless library conferences, workshops and poster sessions devoted to its meaning, methods, and assessment. Is there any connection between Technical Services and Information Literacy? Do technical services professionals have a role at their library for improving information literacy within their user community? Can they have something to contribute to the discussion? I will offer suggestions for collaborating on IL with public service colleagues, and I will get the audience up-to-speed on the information literacy topic, including some of the IL lingo. Additionally, I will highlight ways to relate professional roles to IL initiatives and provide resources for staying on top of trending IL topics.

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Discussion Slides from ALCTS RPLTS Interest Group Annual 2013 Program

by Allison Yanos on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 03:55 pm

The presenters at the RPLTS IG's Annual 2013 session have graciously made their presentation slides available.  Below are the presentation summaries.

Do Traditional “Technical Services” Librarians still exist in Academic Libraries?

Karen Rogers-Collins, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian – Eastern Michigan University
Rhonda Fowler, Government Documents and Public Services Librarian – Eastern Michigan University

The presenters at the RPLTS IG's Annual 2013 session have graciously made their presentation slides available.  Below are the presentation summaries.

Do Traditional “Technical Services” Librarians still exist in Academic Libraries?

Karen Rogers-Collins, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian – Eastern Michigan University
Rhonda Fowler, Government Documents and Public Services Librarian – Eastern Michigan University

This presentation will discuss the new job titles/postings seen on listservs and library association sites. Today’s job posting titles and descriptions are ostentatious /flashy, but are the duties and responsibilities the same as they always have been? For example, what’s the difference between a cataloging librarian and a metadata librarian? Has the role of the technical services librarian really changed, or has the profession just glamorized the job titles?

What Technical Services? How to Manage and Adapt to BIG Change!

Roy A. Ziegler, Associate Dean of Collections – Florida State University
Ruth S. Ziegler, Authorities/Catalog Management Librarian - Florida State University

Even after experiencing several years of lost positions due to attrition and reassignment of staff and librarians to other divisions, when the news finally came that Technical Services didn’t exist as a library division, it still came as a surprise. In 2012, based on changing organizational priorities, Florida State University Libraries dissolved Technical Services and reset priorities for these departments and units in their new divisions. This presentation will cover organizational realities, steps in planning, the need to incorporate greater efficiencies, and ceasing activities that do not have a direct improvement on the user’s experience. In the end, the changes have been beneficial to the entire organization.

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Event Role of the Professional in Technical Services Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 07:22 pm

Do Traditional “Technical Services” Librarians still exist in Academic Libraries?

Karen Rogers-Collins, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian – Eastern Michigan University
Rhonda Fowler, Government Documents and Public Services Librarian – Eastern Michigan University

Do Traditional “Technical Services” Librarians still exist in Academic Libraries?

Karen Rogers-Collins, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian – Eastern Michigan University
Rhonda Fowler, Government Documents and Public Services Librarian – Eastern Michigan University

This presentation will discuss the new job titles/postings seen on listservs and library association sites. Today’s job posting titles and descriptions are ostentatious /flashy, but are the duties and responsibilities the same as they always have been? For example, what’s the difference between a cataloging librarian and a metadata librarian? Has the role of the technical services librarian really changed, or has the profession just glamorized the job titles?

What Technical Services? How to Manage and Adapt to BIG Change!

Roy A. Ziegler, Associate Dean of Collections – Florida State University
Ruth S. Ziegler, Authorities/Catalog Management Librarian - Florida State University

Even after experiencing several years of lost positions due to attrition and reassignment of staff and librarians to other divisions, when the news finally came that Technical Services didn’t exist as a library division, it still came as a surprise. In 2012, based on changing organizational priorities, Florida State University Libraries dissolved Technical Services and reset priorities for these departments and units in their new divisions. This presentation will cover organizational realities, steps in planning, the need to incorporate greater efficiencies, and ceasing activities that do not have a direct improvement on the user’s experience. In the end, the changes have been beneficial to the entire organization.

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Discussion ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services IG at ALA Annual 2013

by Allison Yanos on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 09:01 am

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 10:30-11:30

Hyatt Regency McCormick, Place Jackson Park 10A

Add this event to your ALA Annual schedule: http://ala13.ala.org/node/10825

 

Please join the RPLTS Interest Group for the following two presentations:

 

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 10:30-11:30

Hyatt Regency McCormick, Place Jackson Park 10A

Add this event to your ALA Annual schedule: http://ala13.ala.org/node/10825

 

Please join the RPLTS Interest Group for the following two presentations:

 

Do Traditional “Technical Services” Librarians still exist in Academic Libraries?

Karen Rogers-Collins, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian – Eastern Michigan University

Rhonda Fowler, Government Documents and Public Services Librarian – Eastern Michigan University

This presentation will discuss the new job titles/postings seen on listservs and library association sites. Today’s job posting titles and descriptions are ostentatious /flashy, but are the duties and responsibilities the same as they always have been? For example, what’s the difference between a cataloging librarian and a metadata librarian?  Has the role of the technical services librarian really changed, or has the profession just glamorized the job titles? 

 

What Technical Services? How to Manage and Adapt to BIG Change!    

Roy A. Ziegler, Associate Dean of Collections – Florida State University  

Ruth S. Ziegler, Authorities/Catalog Management Librarian - Florida State University

Even after experiencing several years of lost positions due to attrition and reassignment of staff and librarians to other divisions, when the news finally came that Technical Services didn’t exist as a library division, it still came as a surprise. In 2012, based on changing organizational priorities, Florida State University Libraries dissolved Technical Services and reset priorities for these departments and units in their new divisions. This presentation will cover organizational realities, steps in planning, the need to incorporate greater efficiencies, and ceasing activities that do not have a direct improvement on the user’s experience.  In the end, the changes have been beneficial to the entire organization.

 

Allison Yanos and Charles McElroy, RPLTS IG Co-Chairs

Betsy Appleton and Stephanie Gehring, RPLTS IG Co-Chairs Elect

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Discussion Call for Proposals: ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services IG - ALA Annual 2013

by Allison Yanos on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 09:26 am

The ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS IG) is seeking proposals for presentations at ALA Annual 2013, in Chicago, IL. RPLTS will meet from 10:30-11:30 on Saturday, June 29th at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

The ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS IG) is seeking proposals for presentations at ALA Annual 2013, in Chicago, IL. RPLTS will meet from 10:30-11:30 on Saturday, June 29th at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

All topics related to the role of the professional librarian in technical services are welcome, and presenters will be allotted approximately 15-20 minutes, with a short time for questions after the presentations.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

* Emerging or shifting roles for technical services librarians

* Leadership in technical services

* New staffing models in technical services

* Role of TS librarians in training, developing policies, managing projects, or other professional level tasks

If you are interested in presenting, please email Allison Yanos (allison_yanos@baylor.edu) or Charles McElroy (cnmcelroy@fsu.edu) by May 24, 2013 with your proposed presentation title, summary, and the names, titles and contact information for the presenter(s).

Additionally, if you are interested in becoming a RPLTS IG Vice Chair for 2013-2014 (starting after Annual), please contact Allison Yanos (allison_yanos@baylor.edu) or Charles McElroy (cnmcelroy@fsu.edu).

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Discussion Call for Proposals: Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services IG - ALA Midwinter 2013

by Allison Yanos on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 05:15 pm

The ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS IG) is seeking proposals for presentations at ALA Midwinter 2013, in Seattle, WA. RPLTS will meet from 10:30-11:30 on Saturday, January 26th at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel (Municipal Room).

All topics related to the role of the professional librarian in technical services are welcome, and presenters will be allotted approximately 15-20 minutes, with a short time for questions after the presentations.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following

The ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS IG) is seeking proposals for presentations at ALA Midwinter 2013, in Seattle, WA. RPLTS will meet from 10:30-11:30 on Saturday, January 26th at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel (Municipal Room).

All topics related to the role of the professional librarian in technical services are welcome, and presenters will be allotted approximately 15-20 minutes, with a short time for questions after the presentations.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following

* Leadership in technical services
* Emerging roles for technical services/technical services librarians
* New staffing models in technical services
* Training (such as RDA training and if it differs for professionals
versus non-professional staff)

If you are interested in presenting, please contact Allison Yanos (allison_yanos@baylor.edu) or Charles McElroy (cnmcelroy@fsu.edu) by December 14, 2012, with a topic and brief description of your presentation.

Thanks,

Allison Yanos and Charles McElroy, RPLTS IG Co-Chairs
Betsy Appleton and Stephanie Gehring, RPLTS IG Co-Chairs Elect

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Event ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services IG at ALA Midwinter 2013

by Allison Yanos on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 05:01 pm

ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS)

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 10:30-11:30

Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Municipal Room

Add this event to your Midwinter schedule: http://alamw13.ala.org/node/9036

 

Please join the RPLTS Interest Group for the following two presentations:

Impact of library-wide reorganization on Technical Services at the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS)

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 10:30-11:30

Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Municipal Room

Add this event to your Midwinter schedule: http://alamw13.ala.org/node/9036

 

Please join the RPLTS Interest Group for the following two presentations:

Impact of library-wide reorganization on Technical Services at the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

Anastasia Guimaraes, Head, Metadata Services/Batchprocessing & Data Support units, University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

Andrea Langhurst, Head, Electronic Resources & Acquisitions Pay unit, University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame have been experiencing organizational transition over a number of years – starting with the departure of a long-serving Director of Libraries in early 2010, through transitions including introduction of a new University Librarian and a university-wide early retirement offering, and culminating in a library-wide reorganization with detailed reporting lines and structure just announced mid-September 2012.  During this presentation, we would share observations on how transition and reorganization affected us as professional librarians and impacted areas of technical services such as Acquisitions, Electronic Resources, Cataloging & Metadata, and Licensing – consolidating areas which had fallen within as many as 5 different departments over recent years into one large program area that now includes more than 40 library staff and faculty.  Discussing impact on:

*Current and former roles of technical services librarians within the organization

*Internal communications – integrating formerly independent departments to work differently as part of a larger program

*Partnership observations within the larger organization

*Staffing: new roles/new people/new tasks

*Challenges and Opportunities of leadership – supervising professional and para-professional staff in a changing environment

*Approaching training opportunities in a new environment

Retooling, Reskilling, RDA 

Roman S. Panchyshyn, Catalog Librarian & Assistant Professor, Kent State University

This presentation will focus on the transformation currently taking place with professional librarians in Technical Services at Kent State University Libraries. 1) Professional librarians have actively played a role in bringing certain workflow processes back into the department. We have taken over many of the functions that were previously done by systems staff, especially in the area of electronic resource cataloging, batch cataloging and management. Professional librarians have undergone an active reskilling process to help bring new skills into the department. This reskilling process is impacting paraprofessional staff as well, since more departmental resources, and budget dollars need to be applied to electronic resource management workflows. 2) The role of the professional librarian as teacher is becoming more prominent and crucial, especially with RDA adoption and training. It is the professional librarian’s role to establish levels of competency and develop procedures for both paraprofessional staff and student assistants. 3) Kent State University Libraries is now a Tier 1 library in the OhioLINK consortium regarding cataloging and maintenance of bibliographic records in the OhioLINK central catalog; our records are prominently visible statewide. Professional librarians are being asked, more than ever, to take leadership roles in both OhioLINK and in the state. By assuming these leadership roles, it insures that technical services librarians are present “at the table” when administrative decisions are made, at both local and consortial levels, that impact the future roles of the department and its staff.

Allison Yanos and Charles McElroy, RPLTS IG Co-Chairs
Betsy Appleton and Stephanie Gehring, RPLTS IG Co-Chairs Elect

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Event Role of the Professional in Technical Services Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

The Role of the professional in technical services interest group discusses topics of interest

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