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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".

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 Role of Professional Librarians in Technical Services IG at ALA Midwinter 2017

by Mingyan Li-IL on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm

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.

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.

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Discussion Slides from Role of Professional Librarians in Technical Services IG at ALA 2016

by Mingyan Li-IL on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 11:53 am

We had a very successful session in ALA Orlando. Attached are the slides from Betty Landesman : BREAKING DOWN THE SILOS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE 0F THE BACK ROOMEVERYBODY WINS

Discussion Slides from Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services IG meeting at 2015 Annual

by Harriet Wintermute on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 09:33 am

The slides from our panel presentations at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting are now available. You can find them at the bottom of the event page in the conference scheduler: http://alaac15.ala.org/m/node/29220

Cheers :)

Discussion Slides from Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services IG Meeting at Midwinter 2015

by Harriet Wintermute on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 02:27 pm

The slides from our two presentations at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting are now available. You can find them at the bottom of the event page in the conference scheduler: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/25851 

Thanks!

Discussion Program at Midwinter 2015 IG Meeting

by Harriet Wintermute on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 02:18 pm

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

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

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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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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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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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