Management of Technical Services
Spring 2009 Greensheet
Students must self-enroll for this course on ANGEL between January 19-22. You will be required to use a password access code which the instructor will provide using the MySJSU Messaging system.
Survey of current technical services operations and techniques in libraries associated with the acquisition, organization for access, physical processing, automated processes for retrieval, outsourcing functions, and maintenance of library materials. Special emphasis will be placed on the management and evaluation of cataloging and other technical services functions in a variety of types of libraries for both print and digital collections. This class is not designed as a “how-to” approach to cataloging, although basic cataloging principles will be taught in order to provide a framework for evaluation.
Course Prerequisites: Libr 202
The course is designed to offer you the opportunity to:
- identify and compare theories and systems dealing with the organization and description of materials in multiple formats for access and retrieval;
- explain trends and research in the field of cataloging and explain and evaluate their impacts on the organization and retrieval of information; and,
- develop a philosophy of bibliographic control and technical services.
- be conversant with the principles and standards for descriptive cataloging, access points, authority control, and subject cataloging and understand the broader theoretical context in which these principles function in order to measure and evaluate technical services operations in libraries
Optional synchronous virtual classes will be scheduled during the course using the Elluminate software. These classes will be recorded for later viewing.
- Assignment 1 – Job Advertisement Evaluation Report (20%)
Locate at least ten job advertisements/announcements for openings posted within the last year (from February 2007-present) for a particular type of technical services librarian (e.g., monographic cataloger, acquisitions librarians, metadata specialist, etc,) in different types of libraries such as public, academic, special (government, law, medical, corporate, non-profit), or school. Attempt to include at least one posting from each of the three main types of libraries (academic, public, special). Compare similar positions (such as all acquisitions librarians, catalog librarians, serial librarians, metadata librarians, etc.)
Prepare a 2-3 page report summarizing the characteristics they share. What job titles are used? What skills are in demand? If salaries are included, how do they differ?
Append to your report a list including: Job Title, Job Location, Location of Posting (e.g., American Libraries).
- Assignment 2 – Acquistions/ Serials Vendor Evaluation Report (20%)
Identify a vendor of books, periodicals, online services (such as databases) or contract services, and interview a representative offering acquisitions and/or serials services.
You may work from the list of ALA conference exhibitors at
IF you currently work in a library, this must be a vendor your employer does not currently use, and with which a library might reasonably set up an ongoing purchasing relationship, not a onetime purchase, and preferably one that offers a variety of services.
For example: EBSCO, Swets, Baker and Taylor, Yankee Book Peddler (part of Baker & Taylor), Ingram, Casalini… even Amazon has library programs.
Find out: What services does the vendor offer? What are the terms? What did you have to ask, vs. what you could find out on their web site? What sets them aside from their competition?
What sort of discounts do they offer? Can you pay electronically? Do you get ownership, or just access, if it's an electronic product? Is there anything about their service that might make you adjust processes at your library to take advantage of them? What do other customers say about them? We will brainstorm additional questions in the discussion forum.
http://www.olc.org/pdf/TechKNOW_Nov03.pdf#search="vendor questions fulfillment discounts library"
Skip down to the section on buying AV resources, with a list of vendors and questions to ask them (to start you thinking).
Note: Identify yourself VERY clearly as a library school student; it would not be ethical to pretend you are interviewing the rep for a real purchase. Set a time limit and ask if they can spend that much time to help you, and if possible send them your questions in advance.
Prepare a 4-5 page report summarizing your findings and comparing your vendor’s services with comparable vendor(s).
- Assignment 3 – Electronic List Reflection Paper (25%)
AUTOCAT is a listserv devoted to issues related to cataloging and classification. It provides a good instruction to current trends and problems related to this area of librarianship. This is a high-volume list. If you find your mailbox overwhelmed you can either unsubscribe or temporarily set your option to NOMAIL until you have more time.
All commands must be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Case is immaterial for the address and the commands.
To subscribe to AUTOCAT:
SUB AUTOCAT Firstname Lastname
To unsubscribe from AUTOCAT:
To temporarily halt AUTOCAT delivery:
SET AUTOCAT NOMAIL
To set AUTOCAT back to mail:
SET AUTOCAT MAIL
These commands temporarily halt delivery, then turn it on again, regardless of the delivery option you have selected (MAIL, DIGEST or INDEX)
To change from mail (the default option) to another delivery option:
To set AUTOCAT to digest:
SET AUTOCAT DIGEST
To set AUTOCAT to index:
SET AUTOCAT INDEX
To change from digest or index back to mail:
SET AUTOCAT MAIL
(N.B. If you are set NOMAIL that last command will simply turn delivery on again. If you want to change from DIGEST or INDEX to MAIL you will have to send the command twice, first to turn on delivery, then to change the manner of delivery.)
To find out how your AUTOCAT subscription options are currently set:
To have the tag [ACAT] appear at the beginning of the subject line of each piece of AUTOCAT mail that you receive (does not apply to Digest or Index distributions):
SET AUTOCAT SUBJ
This is a HEADER option, of which there are seven. Normally one does not need to change from the default unless one wants the tag, but for some systems a change may improve header display.
To search the archives send a message in the form:
SEARCH topics IN AUTOCAT FROM YY/MM/DD TO YY/MM/DD
to the LISTSERV address. Replace 'topics' by the terms you wish to use. Terms are automatically right-truncated. Boolean logic may be used. The implied term is "near", which is relational, not logical. If you want to use a logical "and" you must state it. That is for searching via email.
If you receive a message that your subscription has been changed to DIGEST, without your having requested such a change, that means that your subscription has experienced delivery problems and one of the listowners set your subscription to DIGEST to reduce the number of error messages generated. Please reset your subscription to your desired delivery option. See above for instructions on how to do so.
If you receive a message that your subscription has been deleted that means that your subscription experienced numerous delivery problems over a period of some days. Please resubscribe. See above for instructions on how to do so.
You can get a synopsis of all commands by sending to the LISTSERV address given above or below:
For subscription option commands to work they must be sent from the address under which you are subscribed, and must be sent to:
If your address has changed (if you are getting AUTOCAT mail but are told you aren't subscribed when you send a command your address has probably changed) or you have other problems, please write directly to the listowners: AUTOCATemail@example.com.
To post a message to the list, send your message to:
1. Subscribe to the AUTOCAT list as directed above for at least a month.
2. Read the posting and note the types of issues, themes, and trends. What issues are being discussed? Note cataloging questions asked. Are they resolved?
3. From the postings and discussions, write a 4-5 page paper discussing the current state of cataloging. Are different issues discussed in different library types? If you are unfamiliar with the topic(s) being discussed, read articles in the cataloging literature. Cite these articles in your paper. Do they agree or disagree with the postings?
- Assignment 4 (Cataloging Evaluative Study Paper) 35%
1. Read the Sanchez (2007) text. Choose a particular library (academic, public, special) that includes cataloging operations. Avoid libraries with only solo librarians.
2. Following the outline presented in the text for analyzing and evaluating cataloging services, write a paper from the interview conducted. Attempt to cover all sections analyzed in the Sanchez (2007) text.
3. Your choice of library must be approved prior (by March 23rd). Please send an email to the instructor.
4. This paper should be between 10-12 pages.
5. All citations, references, and formatting must follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2001).
6. Prepare a short Powerpoint presentation of no more than 15 slides highlighting the content of your paper. Elluminate presentations will be conducted beginning in May.
|Product||Due Date||Percentage of Final Grade|
|Assignment 1 (Job Advertisement Evaluation Report)||2/27||20%|
|Assignment 2 (Acquisitions/Serials Vendor Evaluation Report)||3/27||20%|
|Assignment 3 (Electronic List Reflection Paper)||4/10||25%|
|Assignment 4 (Cataloging Evaluative Study Paper)
week of 5/2
This syllabus may be altered to meet education objectives based on needs of the learning environment.
Attendance and Participation
To receive the most benefit from this course, you must read the text and online resource materials, complete the assignments, and participate in class activities. Regular participation has a positive effect on the course grade earned.
Late Assignments and Incompletes
Late assignments will not be accepted. If you have an illness (medical certificate supplied) or a family tragedy, please contact the instructor. Incomplete grades will not be granted except in extraordinary circumstances. Supporting documentation will be required in cases of medical or health emergencies.
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- Branton, A., Green, C., & Martin, M. (2006). Technical services: General overview of its organization and functions. Mississippi Libraries, 70(2), 22-25.
- Breeding, M. (2007). Recasting library catalogs. American Libraries, 38(9), 43.
- Buttler, L., & Rajinder, G. (1998). Catalogers in academic libraries: Their evolving and
expanding roles. College & Research Libraries, 59(4), 311-321.
- Chapman, J. W. (2007). The roles of the metadata librarian in a research library.
Library Resources & Technical Services, 51(4), 279-285.
- Charbonneau, M. D. (2005). Production benchmarks for catalogers in academic
libraries: Are we there yet? Library Resources & Technical Services, 49(1), 40-48.
- Danskin, A. (2006). What difference does it make? Measuring the quality of
cataloguing and the catalogue. Catalogue & Index, 154, 9-12.
- Fessler, V. (2007). The future of technical services (It's not the technical services it was). Library Administration & Management, 21(3), 139-144, 155-.
- Fischer, R., Lugg, R., & Boese, K. C. (2004). Cataloging: how to take a business
approach. The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finance, 17(2), 50-54.
- Fowler, D. C., & Arcand, J. (2003). Monographs acquisitions time and cost studies: The next generation. Library Resources & Technical Services, 47(3), 109-124.
- Fuller, D. (2006). Cataloging of original materials in the 21st century: Frequency and
preparation factors. Education Libraries, 29(2), 5-11.
- Hall-Ellis, S. D. (2006). Descriptive impressions of managerial and supervisory cataloger positions as reflected in American Libraries, AutoCAT, and the Colorado State Library positions as reflected in American Libraries, AutoCAT, and the Colorado State Library Jobline, 2000-2004: A content analysis of education, competencies, and experience. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 42(1), 55-92.
- Hall-Ellis, S. D. (2007). Language proficiencies among catalogers and technical services librarians. Technical Services Quarterly, 25(2), 31-47.
- Hopkins, J. (2002). The community of catalogers: Its role in the education of catalogers. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 34(3), 375-381.
- Intner, S. S. (2006). Three little words. Technicalities. 26(6), 1, 13-15.
- Jones, N. (1998). Network-accessible resources and the redefinition of technical services. OCLC Systems & Services, 14(1), 16-41.
- Leonhardt, T. (2006). Cooperative cataloging: The power behind the scenes.
Technicalities, 26(1), 4-5.
- Library of Congress Working Group on Bibliographic Control. (2008). Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Ffuture of Bibliographic Control. On the Record. Retrieved January 31, 2008, from the World Wide Web: http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/lcwg-ontherecord-jan08-final.pdf
- Marcum, D. B. (2006). The future of cataloging. Library Resources & Technical Services, 50(1), 5-9.
- Marcum, D. B. (2008). The Library of Congress and dataloging’s future. Cataloging &
Classification Quarterly, 45(3), 3-16.
- Robertson, S., & Catoggio, A. (2007). Strategic procurement of public library collections. Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services, 20(1), 20-27.
- Sanchez, E., (2007). Emerging issues in academic library cataloging & technical services. New York, NY: Primary Research Group.
- Stephan, E. (2006). What actually happens in technical services. Mississippi Libraries,
- Sung, M. G. (2004). Increasing technical services efficiency to eliminate cataloging
backlogs. Public Libraries, 43(6), 347-352.
- Sutherland, N. R., & Adams, V. P. (2004). Territorial invasion or symbiotic relationship?
- Technical services and reference cooperation. College & Research Libraries News, 65(1), 12-15.
- Zuberi, S. (2007). Digital publishing: A new challenge for libraries. Pakistan Library &
Information Science Journal, 38(1), 11-16.
- Evans, G.E., Intner, S.S., & Weihs, J. (2002). Introduction to Technical Services. Chicago: American Library Association. Available through Amazon: 156308922X.
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