We had a two great presentations at ALA Midwinter 2016 from Sally Gibson and Denise Garofalo. Sally Gibson, Head of Cataloging, Acquisitions and Processing, Illinois State University presented on "Solution Creators: Enabling Innovation in Technical Services Departments". Denise Garofalo, Associate Librarian, Systems and Catalog Services, Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, Mount Saint Mary College, presented on "Technical Services Librarians as Factotum: The Reality in a Small Academic Library".
ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group Community
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
We had a three great presentations at ALA Midwinter 2017 from 4 presenters:
1). "Picking Perfect Partners: Collaborations Within and Outside Technical Services" presented by Mary Konkel, Head of Technical Services, College of DuPage Library.
2). “Technical Services Outreach – Facilitating Conversations and Collaboration in Your Library for the Benefit of All” presented by Emily Sanford, Serials Catalog Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries.
3). "Technical Services and Public Services: Collaborative Decision Making" Presented by Krista Schmidt, Research and Instruction Librarian/STEM liaison & Kristin Calvert, Head of Content Organization & Management, Hunter Library, Western Carolina University.
Ms. Krista Schmidt also published a book related to this topic:
Krista Schmidt and Tim Carstens. Subject Liaison's Survival Guide to Technical Services. Chicago: ALA Editions. 2016
Here's the link to the book: http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=11839.
Please feel free to continue the discussion.
Please join the Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group as we explore the challenges and opportunities of advancing to a higher administrative level in academic libraries. Have you ever wondered if you should make this move? Have you considered what it would take to reach that higher level? How can you be sure you’re on the right path? Three recently appointed administrators will discuss their move from department head to upper library administration. They will share the lessons learned from the search process and how they handled the inevitable transition issues. The panelists represent three viewpoints: Pixey Mosley made the move as an internal candidate; Paula Sullenger spent many years at one institution before becoming an administrator elsewhere, and Carmelita Pickett rose in responsibility at multiple institutions. The panelists will have advice and encouragement for your situation.
Associate Dean for Administrative and Faculty Services
Texas A&M University Libraries
Associate Dean for Information Resources
Texas A&M University Libraries
Associate University Librarian
University of Iowa Libraries
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: McCormick Place West W187a
Add this event to your 2015 Midwinter schedule: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/25851
Please join the RPLTS Interest Group for the following two presentations:
Old Habits Die Hard: Changing the roles in Technical Services in a Small Academic Library
Anne LePage, Technical Services Librarian, Mount Allison University Libraries & Archives
In 2014 and 2015, Mount Allison University Libraries & Archives will lose 5 technical services staff due to retirements and staff cuts. It is unlikely that the library will be able to refill all positions. As a result, a new Technical Services position has been created that focuses on cross-trained skills to support in the library – cataloguing, acquisitions, access services, etc. The focus will be on cataloguing skills to help support new initiatives and enhanced workflows, especially for our current Technical Services staff that need this skill set. This presentation will provide a look at the new position and focus on the training plan. We hope this model of cross-training will enhance the skills of all library staff, new and old, and anticipate the areas of further staff development in the future.
The Evolving Role of the Electronic Resources Librarian
Monica Moore, Electronic Resources Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame
As our collections become increasingly electronic, the acquisition and discovery processes for our resources have become more and more complex. This complexity is not always well understood by subject librarians, reference librarians, or library administrators. In a sense, it is like a “digital divide” among library faculty, which needs to be overcome if we are all to make sound, strategic decisions on the direction of our collection, its impact on our users, and its relevance to our institution. This presentation will describe these challenges, but also include specific suggestions and ideas for attendees to help them promote better communication with other librarians at their respective institutions.
Christine Dulaney and Harriet Wintermute, RPLTS-IG 2015 Co-Chairs
Jennifer M. Eustis and Helen Goldman, RPLTS-IG 2015 Co-Vice-Chairs
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.
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.