Technical Services: Adapting to the Changing Environment

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Purdue University Press
Professional & Scholarly


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.