[Metadatalibrarians] Program Announcement: ALCTS Creative Solutions in Technical Services Interest Group Meeting @ ALA MW in Boston

Amber Billey ab3167 at columbia.edu
Tue Dec 15 09:24:31 PST 2015

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*ALCTS Creative Solutions in Technical Services Interest Group (CITSIG)

Time: Sunday, January 10, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm

Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), 102A
ALA Scheduler: http://bit.ly/1N8YIZx

Please join us for 8 roundtable discussions on a variety of topics. Choose
the one that interests you most!

*1. Trends in collection format and use *

Facilitator: Amy Fry, Electronic Resources Coordinator, Bowling Green State

Libraries are buying more ebooks and increasingly using DDA as a method of
acquisition. However, studies indicate most library users prefer print and
the data about ebook use is problematic and misleading. How can libraries
approach collection development and management responsively and
responsibly? Using all the formats and methods of acquisition for
collections at our disposal, libraries need to find a way to build
collections that will be in the right format at the right time for the
right needs. What strategies for collecting and analyzing data will help us
make the best decisions?

*2. Merger mania: What is the fall out and what are the concerns?*

Facilitator: Joe Badics, Acquisitions Librarian, Eastern Michigan University

Recent years have seen an increasing number of mergers and sales and a
major vendor bankruptcy. How does this affect the way our institutions do

*3. How can technical services staff use their skills to go beyond/work
around "standard" systems to better serve their users' needs?*

Facilitator: Betty Landesman, Head of Technical Services and Content
Management, University of Baltimore

We're a long way from the brave new world of linked data, working in "the
cloud", etc., but our users can't wait for that brave new world.  If our
ILS/OPAC doesn't suffice to market new materials, or LCSH when we have
specialized materials that have their own vocabularies [and LC's genre
headings project doesn't include them], or if using ERM-type software like
SFX is handled only by people in other departments, what CAN we do or
change - even if it's a small thing - to go "outside the box"?

*4. Metadata for institutional repositories: Who catalogs the digital

Facilitator: Ellen Bahr, Information Systems Librarian, Alfred University

The introduction of institutional repositories (and other digital asset
management systems) has made metadata creation a more complex task.
Libraries take a variety of approaches to creating metadata for digital
collections, sometimes locating the work with a repository manager/staff,
and sometimes involving catalogers and technical services staff. This
roundtable will explore approaches to creating metadata for digital
collections, at both small and large institutions, with a focus on
effective workflows and staffing models.

*5. Managing e-serials: Creating an interdependent workflow between
multiple technical services department for large academic libraries*

Facilitator: Ying Zhang, Interim Head of Acquisitions & Collection
Services, University of Central Florida

This roundtable will discuss how electronic resources, collection services,
cataloging and interlibrary loan collaborate in designing a workflow to
manage the changes in e-serials. Departments in technical services are used
to close collaboration in the print world. With the exponential growth in
electronic resources and increasing use of discovery services, the workflow
relies entirely on constant communication to ensure timely updates and
seamless access in the catalog and discovery services. Not only do
departments in technical services become codependent with each other, but
they are also pushed closer to the public services.

*6. Staff-led change in technical services*

Facilitator: Jeanne Harrell, Interim Director of Collection Development
Operations & Acquisitions Services, Texas A&M University

Libraries in general seem to be less "top-down" than they used to be.  Has
this approach reached technical services yet?

*7. Does location matter? Creating a user-centric technical services dept.
in an off-site location*

Facilitator: Christine Dulaney, Director of Technical Services, American

As library space in the main library is considered at a premium for
"student-facing" activities, space for non-student facing activities such
as technical services departments are vulnerable to relocation to an
off-site facility.  How can technical services demonstrate value as a
student-facing activity?  How can technical services provide user-centric
cataloging and access from an off-site location?  How can technical
services prevent feeling detached from library users?

*8. The Age of Enlightenment arrives in technical services*

Facilitator: Laura Turner, Head of Technical Services, University of San

Today’s technical services librarian serves such roles in the academic
library as workshop/classroom instructor, development officer, library
administrator, exhibit creator, and faculty liaison.  This discussion will
focus on the opportunities and challenges of thinking about ourselves first
as librarians, then as professionals that work within our library's
technical services department.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Kelly Smith

Chair 2015-16, Creative Ideas in Technical Services IG

Coordinator of Collections and Discovery

Eastern Kentucky University Libraries

kelly.smith2 at eku.edu

Amber Billey

Vice-Chair, 2015-16, Creative Ideas in Technical Services IG

Metadata Librarian, Original and Special Materials Cataloging

Columbia University Libraries
ab3167 at columbia.edu

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