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Purpose: Provides a forum to discuss common issues surrounding the role of professional librarians in technical services and professional activities such as training, project management, research, assessment, supervision, or hiring in the technical services area of academic research libraries..

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

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RPLTS-IG at Core Virtual Interest Group Week

  • 1.  RPLTS-IG at Core Virtual Interest Group Week

    Posted Mar 01, 2023 03:57 PM

    ***Please excuse cross-postings***

    Please join the Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS-G) session during Core Virtual Interest Group Week. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 9:00 AM Pacific / 10:00 AM Mountain / 11:00 AM Central / 12:00 PM Eastern.

    The session is free but requires registration. Please use this link to register:

    The program will include two presentations on the role of professional librarians in Technical Services promoting and incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in academic libraries:

    That's the IDEAA* in Technical Services Roles *(Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism, Accessibility)
    Presenter: Natalie Lopez, Technical Services Librarian, Academic Senate Co-President, Academic Senate Vice President for Outreach, Crafton Hills College, CA

    The Technical Services Librarian roles (plural) continue to evolve with cataloging, staying informed of new cataloging trends, cataloging where students are and effectively cataloging to make resources more discoverable. How do we include windows, sliding doors and mirrors to showcase what we purchase for the collection? How do we reflect/include students in the collection? Join Technical Services Librarian Natalie Lopez for this brief session on the aboutness of the Technical Services Librarian with many IDEAAs (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism, Accessibility) reflected in cataloging, collection development, LibGuides, outreach, student self-published multidisciplinary zine-making and more! The experience is from academic libraries, but these IDEAAs are flexible for those in other library environments!


    A Periodicals Librarian's Role in Technical Services : Equalizing Access to Library Databases for the Disabled
    Presenter: Barbara M. Pope, Reference/Periodicals Librarian and Professor, Pittsburg State University, KS

    Equal access to library resources and services is vital to the successful learning of all students at higher education institutions. All academic libraries provide access to databases in support of the discovery and scholarship needs of the university or college. However, not all databases are equally accessible. Librarians at Pittsburg State University recognized the difficulties disabled students attending college have accessing resources and wanted to assist students and faculty by learning more and reducing barriers. An additional goal included aligning services with other campus resources geared towards disability services. The Student Disability Services department at PSU assists disabled students and their professors with a number of services, including locating accessible learning materials and providing testing accommodations. The Periodicals librarian looked at the library's databases for accessibility features, accessibility statements, and created a LibGuide with the information. In meeting with Student Disability Services to discuss how the library could complement the efforts and resources of Student Disability Services, the librarian learned about new avenues for services to students. In addition, the library communicated the information to faculty at local conferences and by email. The efforts have paid off, as the LibGuide has gotten use and librarians have received student inquiries about accessing resources that meet their needs. Come hear about the accomplishments and lessons learned by one Periodicals Librarian increasing the access to library databases for all.

    Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

    Co-Chairs, Marina Morgan and Amy Fry

    Vice Co-Chairs, Alayne Mundt and Greg Ferguson

    Marina Morgan
    Senior Metadata Librarian
    Florida Southern College, Roux Library
    Phone: +1 (863) 616-6450