Core Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group

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Purpose: Provides a forum to discuss and analyze techniques, new developments, problems and technological advances in the workflows associated with the evaluation, selection, acquisition, and discovery of library materials and resources.

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This interest group is part of Core's Metadata and Collections Section.

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Core Technical Services Workflow Efficiency IG Session – March 7th, 10-11 am CT

  • 1.  Core Technical Services Workflow Efficiency IG Session – March 7th, 10-11 am CT

    Posted Feb 19, 2024 02:32 PM

    The Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group (TSWEIG) is pleased to host two presentations during Interest Group week:

    The program will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

    The session is free to attend and open to the public; registration is required. Register at

    In the weeds with weeding: customizing a library-wide deselection workflow 

    Deselection is a tricky procedure that involves multiple units and people across the library. Subject Librarians who do the work of deselection employ different weeding procedures based on their preferences and working styles. It can be difficult to coordinate deselection timelines and workflows around individual librarians' weeding cycles. We saw an opportunity to centralize the information in weeding lists to facilitate more effective workflows for Circulation and Cataloging. Western Carolina University's Collection Strategist and Cataloging and Metadata Librarian created a "weeding tracker" spreadsheet to help streamline the weeding process. The weeding tracker method maintains flexibility for Subject Librarians' unique deselection preferences while standardizing the overall procedure to enable efficiency in Technical Services workflows. Developing a coordinated method for weeding procedures required reviewing and incorporating specific information about the different approaches to deselection; consulting with colleagues in Access Services, Cataloging, and Research and Instruction; and obtaining ongoing buy-in and approval from everyone who is affected by the workflow. Librarians will share their process and some of the problems they encountered, such as the niceties of excluding retention commitments and including volume numbers in list exports, as well as trialing and rejecting a new withdrawal procedure in Cataloging. The presenters will also touch on the initial results of the piloted workflow and share future recommendations. Attendees will come away with new ideas about how to adapt and streamline their own current processes for deselection using existing tools. 

    Presenters: Ali Norvell, Collection Strategist and Resource Access Librarian and Rebecca Saunders, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Western Carolina University. 

    A little innovation with a huge national impact

    The 072 MARC tag, otherwise known as a Subject Category Code (LC) or Broad Descriptors (NLS), has been used by the National Library Service to first and foremost build a genre/subject bridge between the NLS Catalog and NLS BARD database. In recent years NLS started to publicize and expand the Broad Descriptors code list and utilization in MARC records. The little-known codes become an important key in the process of a patron's book auto-select and become an effective and extremely efficient support tool to optimize NLS Catalog search and discovery. This presentation will describe how in just a couple of years 072 tag became one of the most interesting and helpful coded MARC tags that can relate and collaborate with searches across different MARC and non-MARC databases, how it can simplify on-demand patron search in regional libraries across the United States, and how it directly relates to readers and librarians high demand interests and topics. How the 4-letter codes filled the space between Library of Congress Subject Headings and Local Public Libraries themes and reader's direct interest genres and how the 072 MARC tag can potentially consolidate three aspects of the library's search and discovery: vocabulary control and standardization, local demand, and reader preference will also be discussed. 

    Presenter: Anita Kazmierczak, National Library Service for Blind and Print-Disabled, Library of Congress

    We hope to see you there!

    ALA Core Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group Co-Chairs

    Tammie Busch (

    Caroline Saccucci (

    Tammie Busch
    Catalog & Metadata Librarian
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville