Technical Services: Adapting to the Changing Environment

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Book Description

Libraries are experiencing major changes concerning the role of technical services. Technical services librarians are also being challenged about their relevance and role, sometimes revealed by a lack of understanding of the contribution technical services librarians make to building and curating library and archival collections. The threats are real: relocation from central facilities, the dramatic shift to electronic resources, budgetary constraints, and outsourced processing. However, technical service departments are reinventing themselves to respond to these and similar challenges and are embracing innovative methods and opportunities to advance librarianship in the 21st century. This book provides case studies that highlight difficult realities (outsourcing, off-site relocation, downsizing print collections) as well as embrace exciting opportunities, such as institutional repositories, focus on special collections, metadata, retraining and managing personnel, open access resources, and distance education. Written for catalog and metadata librarians and managers of technical services units.

About the Editor(s):

Stacey Marien is the head of Acquisitions at American University, Washington, DC. She received her M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She co-writes a column called Let’s Get Technical for the publication Against the Grain. She has been the Acquisitions Librarian at AU for over 5 years and previous to that, was the Business Librarian at American University as well as Elon College (now University). She has written many book reviews, articles and book chapters over her career. She has been published in several library-related journals and magazines including Against the Grain, Choice, Reference and Users Services Quarterly, and The Bottom Line.